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There are a number of severe weather hazards that may affect Riverside, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, lightning, floods and flash floods, damaging winds and large hail. Severe weather hazards have the potential to cause extensive property damage, injury and/or death. Severe weather may occur anytime, but severe weather is more prevalent in the spring and summer months. It is important to be prepared for these severe weather threats.
You should know some terms used to describe weather threats:Severe Thunderstorm Watch - Severe thunderstorms are possible. Be prepared to take shelter.Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Severe thunderstorms are occurring. Take shelter. Turn on a battery-operated radio to receive warnings and severe weather statements.Tornado Watch - Tornadoes are possible. Watch the sky and listen to the radio or television for more information. Be prepared to take shelter. If you see any rotating funnel-shaped clouds, report them immediately by calling 9-1-1.Tornado Warning - A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately. Turn on a battery-operated radio or television and wait for updated information for your area.Flood Watch - Flooding or flash flooding is possible. Listen to radio or television for additional information.Flood Warning - Flooding is occurring or will occur soon. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.Flash Flood Warning - A flash flood is occurring or is imminent. Move to higher ground immediately. Flash floods develop MUCH quicker than river floods.Flood Statement - Minor flooding of creeks and streams, streets, low-lying areas or basement flooding is occurring or is imminent.Tornado Siren The Village of Riverside operates a tornado siren located near the Historic Water Tower. In the event a tornado has been sighted that threatens the Village of Riverside, the siren will be activated. Once the siren activates, take cover immediately. An “All –Clear” signal is not sounded, but if another event threatens, the siren will be re-sounded. The siren is tested on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00AM.
Assessing After Severe Weather After a severe storm or tornado strikes, the Riverside Fire, Police and Public Works Departments will assess the damage as quickly as possible. Roads that are blocked will be cleared as necessary by the Public Works and Fire Departments. Other hazards will be evaluated and the Village will take actions to protect Riverside residents.
Please stay clear of hazards, particularly downed power lines. If you find wires down on the ground, call 911 and keep everyone away. If your power is out, call ComEd at 1-800-EDISON1. If you can call from the address where the power is out, that will help. Please do not call 911 to report a power outage. Unfortunately, the Village is unable to report individual outages and often does not have significant information concerning the predicted duration of the outage.
Flooding Flooding has occurred regularly in the area of the Des Plaines River. The Village monitors the river levels and works to advise residents in the potential flood area when conditions warrant. If you are in an area that typically floods, watch the Village Website and Network 6 for information, including parking restrictions and designated remote parking.
For more information about severe weather or disaster preparedness, call the Riverside Fire Department at 708-447-2123 or check out the National Weather Service's Tornado Safety Tips, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Website or the FEMA website. National Weather Service's Tornado Safety Tips
For more information on FEMA Floodplain maps please visit the
The Riverside Fire Department has made available "My Medical Information” packets for our residents. The “My Medical Information” packet is designed to speak for you when you can't speak for yourself. The packet contains important medical information that can assist emergency personnel in administering the proper medical treatment. The packet is also a useful way to bring all your pertinent medical information to any of your doctor appointments.
The “My medical Information” packet will inform medical personnel of your name, age, DOB, emergency contact information to get a hold of your family, your doctors name, what medications you are taking, any allergies you may have and your medical condition. You may also wish to place any other information about the medical care you wish to have inside the packet as well. Packets can be picked up at the Riverside Fire Department or the Riverside Police Department. Packet Information Card (PDF)
An Emergency Outdoor Warning Siren System is an all-hazards siren system used to warn the general population of potential danger. During an emergency, the sirens will be activated for 3 minutes.
What Do the Sirens Mean? Alert: A single tone signifying an emergency alert. This signal may be used to inform the community of an emergency or disaster, including a severe storm, tornado warning (not a tornado watch), earthquake, chemical hazard/hazardous material incident, extreme winds, or biological hazard.All Clear: Riverside does not use an All Clear signal. Tune in to your local news agencies and listen for notification from city officials regarding the emergency.Siren Test Times Sirens are tested on the first Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m.
What Should I Do if I Hear the Sirens? If the sirens are activated - and it is not a monthly siren test - the public should see it as a signal to Seek shelterTune in to radio or television to get information about the type of emergency and instructions and recommendationsListen to your local media for indications that the emergency is overThe public should not call 9-1-1 unless they have an actual emergency.
-Trains are very large and heavy, and take a long time to stop.
-Sometimes when a train has just passed from one direction, another train may be coming from the opposite direction. You might not notice the second train because of the noise from the first train.
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