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Archive | Preparedness

Tornado Warning Test Didn’t Show Test; Scared Some People

About 10:00 a.m. Tuesday — about the same time as the “first Tuesday of the month” test of the tornado sirens, some TV viewers were frightened by an onscreen message that stated: “Tornado Warning.” The audio portion of the message announced a test, but the onscreen message did not mention a test. Comcast claims they […]

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September is National Preparedness Month with National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30

September is National Preparedness Month, which provides residents an opportunity to revisit their emergency preparedness plans for themselves, their family and their community. The theme of “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today,” serves as a reminder to create or update an emergency communication plan for your family. Residents are urged to get together […]

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What If a “Bomb Train” Derailed at the Railroad Bridge at Northwest Highway and Davis St, Arlington Heights?

Stalled freight train in downtown Arlington Heights consisted of one tanker car with Di-Methyl Sulfate, one tanker car with N-Propanol, two unmarked tanker cars, and one tanker car that was not observed close up. Trains known as “bomb trains” have been nicknamed because of their black, torpedo-shaped tanks that are filled with potentially explosive crude […]

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Stalled Freight Train at Metra Train Station Reveals a Common, Highly Toxic Hazardous Material in White Tanker Car

A stalled freight train Wednesday afternoon in downtown Arlington Heights revealed a surprising discovery — a hazmat placard for a common industrial chemical, but highly toxic chemical that is also classified as a potential chemical weapon. Wednesday a freight train stalled just after noon, which gave the opportunity to take a look at what kind […]

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The week of November 16, 2014 to November 22, 2014 is Winter Weather Preparedness Week

As cold and snow begin in earnest across Illinois and Indiana, the National Weather Service, FEMA, IEMA, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Illinois and Indiana State Police, Illinois and Indiana Departments of Transportation and American Red Cross are encouraging everyone to begin preparing now for the cold and snowy months of winter. Weather ready? Take […]

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Police Security Experts Concerned About Use of Drones for Terror Assaults

Law enforcement agencies are concerned that terrorists could use unmanned drones in future attacks on America. Jeff Pegues reports. Security experts, such as NYPD’s Deputy Chief Salvatore DiPace are concerned about the possibility of drones with a payload that could include bombs or chemical agents. Experts believe the technology exists to arm drones with firearms, […]

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Naperville Fire Department Conducts Regional HazMat Training Exercise with Canadian National Railroad

Naperville Fire Department will be conducting a regional live fire training exercise near Quincy Avenue northeast of the City’s Public Works Service Center. There is no emergency at the scene and there is no cause for alarm.The training exercise is being held in cooperation with the Canadian National Railroad and is allowing our fire and […]

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First Ebola-Infected Patient Arrives in United States and Western Hemisphere; Risk vs Compassion

A U.S. doctor infected with Ebola was able to visit with his family at an Atlanta hospital after being flown from Africa. A U.S. medical doctor, Dr. Kent Brantly, who was infected with the Ebola virus while working in West Africa was flown to Atlanta to be treated in a high-security ward at Emory University […]

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Miami-Dade Police Revert to Analog System After Encrypted Harris Digital Police Radio System Presents Glitches

A public safety radio system by Harris Corporation, similar to the radio system installed in Naperville and Aurora has been put on hold in Miami-Dade, Florida. After glitches, garbled conversations and dead spots were discovered in a $25 million radio system, the law enforcement agency in Florida is reverting back to an older analog radio […]

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Chicago Firefighters Simulate Extra Alarm Fire at Willis Tower, Not An Ordinary Fire Drill

Hundreds of firefighters participated in a drill at Willis Tower starting about 9:15 a.m. Sunday. Fire engines and ladder trucks were on the scene, and firefighters carried actual equipment in full bunker gear in a simulated response to a fire on the 51st floor. Firefighters did not know the script of the simulated emergency, but […]

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Public Input Needed to Help with Cook County Plan For Natural Hazards: “Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazards Mitigation Plan”

The Village of Arlington Heights is encouraging public input and sharing of information about the “Cook County Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazards Mitigation Plan.” Cook County is preparing its first hazard mitigation plan to reduce the risks from natural hazards and to guide decision makers as they commit resources to reducing the effects of natural hazards. Hazards […]

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Weak on Security: Emergency Alerts from Village Don’t Specify They’re Officially from Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights sent out a mass notification to residents and citizens that have signed up for their Mass Notification System from Everbridge today. The system, which is specified to send out important messages regarding natural disasters, missing persons and other crises affecting the community, today alerted subscribers that this day wasn’t the day to take […]

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