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Posted on: April 4, 2023

Be Severe Weather Ready

Severe Weather

Please Be Proactive in Preparing for Severe Weather!

  • Be aware of changing weather – Subscribe to a severe weather app, often provided at no charge by local news outlets. Set it to receive emergency notifications.
  • Have a plan and communicate it with your family – Know what to do, where to go, and how to connect with each other. Suggestions follow.
  • Sign up for Blackboard Connect Emergency Notifications – This Village-provided emergency message system is used for messages of high urgency – road closures, shelter-in-place messages, etc. You must opt in by providing your phone/text numbers and/or email addresses. A physical address is also used to route messages to appropriate neighborhoods. Sign up through the Blackboard Connect webpage (

During Severe Weather

  • GET IN – If you are outside, get inside. If you're already inside, get as far into the middle of the building as possible.
  • GET DOWN – Get underground if possible. If you cannot, go to the lowest floor possible.
  • COVER UP – Flying and falling debris are a storm's number one killer. Use pillows, blankets, coats, helmets, etc. to cover up and protect your head and body from flying debris.
  • More info on the National Weather Service Severe Weather Safety Guidelines webpage

More Resources

  • National Weather Service – Weather forecasts, safety suggestions, educational resources and more –
  • – Preparing for and recovering from a variety of threats, including actions to take in the face of tornadoes and severe weather. Official website of the US Department of Homeland Security –
  • Severe Weather Prepareness Guide – Provided by the State of Illinois Emergency Management Agency – Link to Guide 
  • Severe Weather Plan Suggestions – 3 Steps for Preparedness
  • Warning Sirens – Check the information sheet for what the outdoor waring sirens and messages mean. Note that outdoor warning sirens/messages are tested each Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. 

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