What To Do When Severe Weather Hits

Make sure you and your famiy have an emergency plan in place.

Know the warning signs.

Sign up for the Emergency Alert System or listen to the NOAA Weather Radio.

Pay attention to weather reports.

Establish where you can safely shelter.

Gather important documents in a safe, hazard-free place (i.e. fire-proof, water-proof box).

Gather and store suppplies (non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies, dringing water).

Plan for your pets.

What To Do If A Tornado Hits:

Seek safe shelter immediately (basement, storm cellar, a small interior room on the lowest floor of the building).

Stay away from windows, doors, and exterior walls.

Watch out for flying debris.

Use your arms to protect your head and neck.

Place blankets, coats, or other such material around your body.

If you are in a car, DO NOT try to outrun a tornado.

Cover your head and neck, place blankets or coats around your body.

Once the tornado has past: Stay clear of debris, including fallen or broken power lines.

Contact emergency services if you or someone else need medical attention.

What To Do If It Floods

Seek safe shelter immediately.


Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down.

One foot of moving water can sweep your car away.

Stay off bridges over moving water.

Evacuate if told to do so by emergency services.

Move to higher ground or a higher floor.

Stay where you are until instructed otherwise by emergency services.

What to Do in a Thunder and Lightning Storm

Seek safe shelter immediately.

Pay attention to alerts and warnings.

Avoid using electronic devices that are plugged into an electrical outlet.

Avoid running water.

Watch for fallen power lines and trees.

Report any fallen power lines and trees to emergency services.

What to Do for Extreme Heat

Period of high heat and humidity.

Temperatures greater than 90 degrees that last for more than two days.

Humidity can increase the feeling of heat as it is measured by a heat index.

Can occur quickly and without warning.

Older adults, children, or individuals who are unwell are at greater risk.

Find air conditioning.

Avoid strenuous activities.

Wear lightweight clothing.

Wear a hat while outside.

Check on family members and neighbors.

Drink plenty of fluids.

Monitor for heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Never leave people or pets in an enclosed car.

Local Resources

Stickney Township Community Parnters

WIC http://www.stickneypublichealthdistrict.org/WIC.html

FEMA Conference workers.

Stickney Township Emergency Response teams participate in medical emergency exercises to help prepare for the unexpected. In this case it was a simulated Anthrax outbreak. Select Township staff portrayed "victims" presenting with a set of scripted symptoms, while others joined with local first responders to dispense appropriate medication. Practicing helps us be better prepared.
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More than 150 representatives of regional emergency preparedness agencies visited Stickney Township to attend a FEMA conference hosted by the Township in 2015. This was an example of the regard other emergency organizations have for Stickney Township.
FEMA Conference Meeting