The Village maintains an alert system to notify residents when emergency situations occur. The system requires residents to register. To sign up, just go to www.oak-park.us/notifyme, click on the green Sign Up for Alerts button and follow the instructions. The registration process allows citizens to choose how they wish to be notified — by text, email and/or voice message. Registrants also can indicate the types of alerts they wish to receive and can add an address to receive geographically targeted alerts. Anyone who would like to sign up, but lacks access to a computer can call 708.358.5489 to be added to the voice message alert list. The Village distributes messages only when deemed important, such as alerts about severe weather, snow emergency parking and mosquito spraying. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers needed…The Village is seeking volunteers for its Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The MRC unit needs both medical and non-medical volunteers ready to help with logistical planning, records keeping, health awareness campaigns, staffing first-aid stations, providing emergency care, distributing medication and vaccinating residents in emergency situations. CERT volunteers are trained and equipped to play a vital role in local disaster response and recovery activities. Prospective CERT volunteers must complete a three-day training course on first aid, basic firefighting, search and rescue, and other emergency response techniques. Both units meet together bimonthly. Multiple training opportunities are offered, some with continuing education credits. To learn more, or to apply for either unit, call 708.358.5489 or email email@example.com.
Special needs registry…Oak Parkers with special needs that should be considered in an emergency situation can register confidentially with the Village to ensure first responders are aware when dispatched via a 911 call. Knowing that they are being dispatched to a home where someone may have a hearing or visual impairment, mobility limitation, cognitive impairment or uses an electrically powered medical device could prove vital to emergency medical personnel. Residents or their caregivers can register online at www.oak-park.us/911registry. A form also is available via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 708.358.5489.