Oak Park's emergency preparedness plans include support from several departments within municipal government. The Fire Department, Police Department and Department of Public Health lead the effort.
The Fire Department typically is the first responder to an emergency, providing medical care and transport to the injured. The Police Department provides situation control, such as traffic and evacuation guidance if needed, and often is the lead investigative arm, especially if foul play is suspected. The role of the Department of Public Health depends greatly on the nature of the emergency, but might include situation evaluation, response guidance in matters of public health and orchestration of the community's medical resources, such as hospitals and medical staff.
Oak Park actually is part of a larger network of responders. The Village works closely with the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the federal government to orchestrate efforts and use resources in the most effective ways. Communications channels are open and networks well established to allow the Village to take advantage of the expertise, experience and resources of all of these responders, including the new federal Department of Homeland Security. Should an emergency situation occur, this network will be immediately activated.