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Record-breaking cold poses safety threat

Jan. 29, 2019 – With area temperatures predicted to plunge to record-breaking levels, Village Hall will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday through noon on Thursday, Jan. 31.

All scheduled citizen advisory board, committee and commission meetings for Tuesday and Wednesday have been cancelled.

Should an incident that doesn’t quite rise to the level of a 911 emergency occur when Village Hall is closed, residents can call the Police non-emergency number at 708.386.3800 for assistance.

Refuse, recycling and compost collection will also be suspended on Wednesday and Thursday due to the extreme weather conditions. Trash collection service will resume Friday and be completed by Saturday. Recycling carts will be serviced on next week's normal collection day.

Warming centers

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning from 6 tonight through noon on Thursday. Given the dangerous conditions, residents are urged to limit time outdoors for themselves and their pets, as well as to check in on friends and neighbors who may need assistance.

Warming centers are open 24 hours a day at Rush Oak Park Hospital, 500 S. Maple Ave., and from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at West Suburban Medical Center, Erie Street at Austin Boulevard.

The Police Lobby at Village Hall, 123 Madison St., will also serve as a warming center while Village Hall is closed.

Housing Forward can help find overnight shelters in various locations - just call 888.338.1744 or visit

Housing Forward will also operate daytime warming centers from 3 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Oak Park Temple, 1235 N. Harlem Ave., from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake St. and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Oak Park Temple, 1235 N. Harlem Ave. Housing Forward's Oak Park Office at 6634 W. Roosevelt Road will additionally serve as a warming center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

If transportation is needed, call the Oak Park Police Department's non-emergency number 708.386.3800.

Safety tips

  • Limit time outdoors in cold, wet or windy weather. Pay attention to weather forecasts and wind chill readings. In very cold, windy weather, exposed skin can develop frostbite in a matter of minutes.
  • Dress in several layers of loose, warm clothing rather than a single layer. Air trapped between the layers of clothing acts as insulation against the cold. Wear windproof and waterproof outer garments to protect against wind, snow and rain. Choose undergarments that wick moisture away from your skin.
  • Wear a hat that fully covers your ears. Heavy woolen or windproof materials make the best headwear for cold protection.
  • Wear mittens rather than gloves, which provide better protection.
  • Watch for signals of frostbite. Early signs include redness, prickling and numbness.
  • Plan to protect yourself. When traveling in cold weather, carry emergency supplies and warm clothing in case you become stranded.