Emergency Management

Department Structure

The Department of Fire and EMS coordinates many of the activities that plan for the mitigation, response to, and recovery from any emergency that might affect the village and its citizens. The director of Fire and Emergency Medical Services serves as the director of emergency management.

Emergency Management Team

The director, the deputy chief, and an appointed director of planning and preparedness are regular members of the Village Emergency Management Team. In a major emergency affecting the village, the team, which includes members from all village departments, is assembled in the village’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the lower level of Village Hall to execute emergency management of village operations during the crisis.

Emergency Alerts

CodeRED Notification System

The CodeRED Notification System gives personnel the ability to deliver prerecorded emergency or critical community alerts to targeted areas or the entire village at a rate of up to 60,000 calls per hour. Community alerts include emergency water shutoff from a water main break, road construction projects, and community safety information.

If you have moved or changed phone numbers, please update your information in the system. Additional phone numbers can also be added and the alert will go to both numbers.
For more information on the CodeRED system, please contact the Police Department at 708-246-8550.

Outdoor Warning Sirens

The village will sound its three sirens in the event of a tornado or funnel cloud sighting, a potential enemy attack, or other emergency situation requiring residential notification. Sirens are located at:
  • Forest Hills School at 5020 Central Avenue
  • Western Springs Fire Department at 4353 Wolf Road
  • Shopping area at 55th Street and Wolf Road

Sirens are tested on the first Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m.

Emergency Media

In the event of an emergency, residents are urged to monitor the local television and radio stations. If you have a weather radio, you can monitor the NOAA National Weather Service at 162.55MZ. Information will also be posted on the village website and relayed through the community notification system, CodeRED.