Health & Safety
The health and safety of our community is important. We hope the information provided here adds to the well-being of you and your family and is a useful guide for emergency preparedness.
Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare
Whether dealing with extreme weather events or other types of disaster, preparedness should be a year-round activity. Yet, in 2012, nearly 70 percent of Americans had not participated in a disaster preparedness drill or exercise at home, school, or work during the past year, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The agency’s Ready Campaign established four universal building blocks of emergency preparedness: Be informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Get Involved. America’s PrepareAthon!, a new national community-based campaign for action builds on this foundation by encouraging millions of Americans to focus on simple, specific activities that will increase preparedness. The campaign’s theme for 2014 is "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare."
One important way to prepare is to have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs.
Following is a list of items that every emergency supply kit should include:
~ Water - one gallon per person, per day for a three day supply
~ Food - non-perishable, easy to prepare items for a three day supply
~ Working flashlight and extra batteries
~ Battery powered or hand crank radio and/or a NOAA Weather Radio receiver with tone alert
~ Basic first aid kit
~ Whistle to signal for help
~ Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
~ Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
~ Multi-purpose tool, wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
~ Can opener for food
~ Local maps
Additional items to consider adding to an emergency supply kit:
~ Prescription medications and eyeglasses
~ Infant formula and diapers
~ Pet food and extra water for your pet
~ Important family documents, such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
~ Extra cash or traveler’s checks and change
~ Emergency reference material, such as a first aid book
~ Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
~ Complete change of clothing, including a long sleeved shirt, long pants, sturdy shoes and work gloves.
~ Rain gear and towels
~ Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper. When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
~ Fire extinguisher
~ Matches in a waterproof container
~ Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
~ Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
~ Cell phone with chargers
~ Family and emergency contact information
~ Extra set of car and house keys
~ Paper and pencil
~ Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
It is important that you review this list and consider where you live and the unique requirements of your family in order to create an emergency kit that will meet your specific needs. You might also consider having at least two emergency supply kits, one full kit at home and smaller portable kits for your workplace, vehicle or other places you spend a significant amount of time.
Visit www.ready.gov/prepared2014 for additional information, including learning about basic protective measures for all types of hazards and guidelines for making a family emergency plan. Make this year the year you "Resolve to be Ready."
IRS Phone Scam
Residents should be aware of an IRS scam involving callers claiming to be the Internal Revenue Service and demanding immediate payments with a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. These callers sometimes also threaten arrest or deportation.
In most circumstances, the IRS generally contacts taxpayers first by mail or with personal visits from field agents. It does not accept credit card information by phone.
Please contact the Bartlett Police Department if you fell victim to this latest telephone scam.
Coyotes are nocturnal (most active from dusk until dawn), but are sometimes seen during the day. Some coyotes become accustomed to human activity and may approach close to buildings, people, or pets. Usually it will be easier to change human and domestic animal use of an area than to capture a coyote.
Most coyotes are harmless; their goal is to eat more natural foods such as mice and rabbits. However, coyotes are opportunistic. If coyotes see easy food – such as open garbage or pet food -- they may take advantage. That puts pets in direct line for confrontation with coyotes, and individual coyotes do sometimes kill or injure domestic pets. These incidents can typically be prevented by removing resources that attract coyotes.
1. Don’t feed coyotes or any wild animals such as raccoons or deer, which encourages coyotes.
2. Do not leave small pets like rabbits, cats, or small dogs outside unattended, especially at night; keep your dog on a leash.
4. Don’t leave pet food outside. Feed pets indoors. If pets are fed outside clean up any leftover food daily.
5. Secure garbage in areas where coyotes can’t access it; Coyotes may eat garbage, but they are more attracted to the rodents that feed on garbage.
6. Keep bird feeding areas clean of debris. Even well-maintained feeders can attract rodents. In turn, this may attract coyotes.
7. Use squirrel-proof bird feeders. In an urban environment coyotes naturally feed on mice, voles, rabbits, and woodchucks. When natural prey populations decline, it has been shown that squirrels that visit bird-feeders become easy prey for coyotes.
Recognize that coyotes are a permanent fixture in Illinois’ rural, suburban and urban areas. Seeing a coyote(s) cross a field, backyard, golf course, road, etc. does not necessarily constitute a problem or a dangerous situation for humans or domestic animals.
Coyotes in Illinois are not considered to be a public health concern. While coyote attacks on humans are increasing in some suburban areas in the Western United States, there have been no reported coyote attacks on humans in Illinois in the last 30 years.
New Law Bans Hand-Held Devices
Earlier this year, House Bill 1247 was passed by the Illinois General Assembly and will take effect January 1, 2014. The law expands the prohibition of electronic communication devices while driving by not only banning the composing, sending or reading of electronic messages, but setting an outright ban on all cell phone use while driving, unless the device is used in hands-free mode with a Bluetooth earpiece/headset or when reporting an emergency.
Gypsy Scam Awareness
The Bartlett Police Department would like to warn residents of common Gypsy scams involving individuals who pose as utility workers or contractors. Offenders have been known to show up at a residence unannounced and inform the homeowner that they need to measure the property line due to some type of construction project or they need to perform unscheduled work or check on something inside the residence. The individuals will then distract the homeowner or take the homeowner to a remote area of the property while an accomplice enters the residence to steal the homeowner’s valuables.
Trained for Crisis Response
The Bartlett Police Department established a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) in May of 2011. This 13-member team of law enforcement officers received 40 hours of intensive, specialized training on assisting individuals and family members in the community who suffer from mental illness, behavioral disabilities, veterans’ issues and addictions. Team members have or will complete an additional 40-hour training class on the Advanced CIT Youth Program. In addition, seven members are state certified elder service officers. Community members can identify CIT officers by the standardized blue CIT pin worn on their uniforms.
CIT officers network with surrounding mental health/addiction recovery agencies, Hanover and Wayne Townships, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and several hospitals to provide appropriate care and resources to individuals and family members. Members of the CIT respond immediately and those in need of services are identified by officers and provided with resources. The Bartlett officers have made a tremendous impact in the community by deferring cases to Mental Health Court as an alternative to arrests in some cases. Often the mere understanding of the illness allows officers to establish a rapport with individuals and families and provide educational resources and referrals. CIT officers network with facilities in both Cook and DuPage counties and aid those who are arrested with post-arrest/pre-trial resources.
If you would like more information about Bartlett’s Crisis Intervention Team or local resources, please contact the Bartlett Police Department 630-837-0846 and ask to speak with a CIT officer. Residents are encouraged to register themselves and family members on SMART911 at www.smart911.com to facilitate fast and accurate communication with 9-1-1. Resources are also available through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website, www.nami.org.
Cook County Encourages Radon Testing
Don't Fall Victim to a Scam
The Bartlett Police Department warns residents to beware and not fall victim to the following lottery, prize/sweepstakes or grandparent scams:
Generally, if you are the targeted victim in a lottery or prize/sweepstakes scam, you will receive a phony prize check in the mail or a telephone call or email from the con artist that says you won a large sum of money, a vehicle, or another type of prize. You will then be instructed to send or wire money after the fake check is cashed.
Grandparent scams usually involve con artists, posing as a relative, who call you and try to convince you to send or wire money to help pay for emergency situations.
With both of these scams, the con artist usually instructs you to wire money using services such as Western Union or MoneyGram. Be careful not to fall for these fraudulent schemes.
Never wire money, provide bank or credit card information, or send a check to someone using one of these scam methods. If you believe you are a victim of a scam, contact the police department.
According to a new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, distracted driving-related crashes caused at least 5,500 deaths and 450,000 injuries during 2009. This data represents only the tip of the iceberg because police reports in many states and communities do not routinely document whether distraction was a factor in vehicle crashes.
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. There are three main types of distraction:
•Visual—taking your eyes off the road;
•Manual—taking your hands off the wheel; and
•Cognitive—taking your mind off what you are doing.
All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. The many types of driving distractions include:
•Using a cell phone or a smartphone
•Eating and drinking
•Talking to passengers
•Reading, including maps
•Using a navigation system
•Watching a video
•Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
Because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction. Studies show that when a driver looks away from the road to send an e-mail or text message, he or she is concentrating on something other than the road for 4.6 of every six seconds. At 55 miles per hour, that is like driving the length of a football field while blindfolded.
Furthermore, in Illinois it is illegal to compose, read or send a text message at any time while driving; and it is illegal for anyone to use a wireless phone while driving in a school zone or in a construction or maintenance zone unless it is in voice-activated mode.
To help maintain your focus on the road when driving, you should always:
Limit interaction with passengers
• Limit talking while driving
• Keep your eyes on the road
• Keep both hands on the wheel
Avoid driver fatigue
• Stay focused on the road
• Don’t daydream
• Don’t drive if you are tired
• Share driving responsibilities on long trips
Don’t drive when angry or upset
• Emotions can interfere with safe driving. Wait until you have cooled down or resolved problems before getting behind the wheel of a car.
• Don’t take your eyes off the road to look at a crash or other activity
If you need to use your cell phone
• Pull off the road and stop in a safe place to use your phone
Illinois E-Waste Laws
Beginning January 1, 2012, the disposal of computers, televisions, and other electronic devices will be banned from Illinois landfills. Under the new state law, electronic waste (E-waste) must be recycled by a registered collector, recycler and/or manufacturer.
While Republic Services will continue providing regular waste and recycling
collection, it will no longer provide curbside pickup for your electronics. The type of E-waste that will not be picked up includes: computers and monitors; printers and scanners; laptops; keyboards and mouses; fax machines; video and game consoles; TVs; cable and satellite receivers; recorders; mp3 players; DVD players and small scale servers.
These items must be dropped off at a registered E-waste collection site, such as the Goodwill store in Bartlett.
1420 S. IL Route 59
Mon - Fri 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In addition, see this list of local Registered Residential E-Waste Collection Sites. For more DuPage County locations, visit dupage.org/recycling or for a complete list of registered collection sites in Illinois, visit epa.state.il.us.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, electronics are complex devices, made with a wide variety of materials, such as lead, nickel, cadmium and mercury. These components could pose a risk to human health or the environment if mismanaged at their end of life.
Additionally, the U.S. EPA has found that recycling electronics recovers valuable materials, resulting in reduced greenhouse gas emissions, pollution reduction, energy savings, and resources conserved by extracting fewer raw materials from the Earth.
Importance of Seat Belt Usage
The Bartlett Police Department wants to continue educating residents about the importance of wearing safety belts while driving or riding inside a vehicle. In 2010, Illinois had a 92.6% compliance rate for seat belts. This was a slight increase from 2009, when the seat belt compliance rate was 91.7%. More importantly, 2010 was the second year in a row for Illinois to record fewer than 1,000 auto fatalities. Increased seat belt usage has been credited for achieving this two-year milestone, which has not occurred since 1921.
Effective January 1, 2012, the State of Illinois will require drivers and passengers of all ages, not just front seat passengers, to wear seat belts.
Prescription Drug Drop-off
The Village of Bartlett collects unused prescription drugs, OTC medications and sharps once a month. Items can be dropped off inside Village Hall, 228 S. Main Street, from 9 a.m. to noon on the last Saturday of each month. Individuals dropping off sharps will be responsible for putting the sharps in the container; Village staff WILL NOT be handling the sharps.
Items accepted in the program include, non-controlled prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, liquid medication in leak-proof containers, pet medications, vitamins/supplements, ointments, lotions, homeopathic remedies, suppositories and sharps, such as needles and syringes.
No controlled substances or personal care items will be accepted. Thermometers, IV bags, bloody and infectious waste, empty containers, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans and full inhalers are also not acceptable.
For more information, call Steven Bosco, 630-837-0800.
State Emergency Contact Database
The Illinois Secretary of State has a new emergency program that allows Illinois instruction permit, driver’s license and identification card holders to enter their emergency contact information into a voluntary, secure database. In the event of a motor vehicle crash or other emergency situation where a person is unable to communicate directly, law enforcement may access this database to help locate the person’s designated emergency contacts.
To submit information, visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com and click on “Emergency Contact Database.”
Participants can add, modify or delete their emergency contact information at any time by visiting this web page. If you hold both an Illinois driver’s license or permit and an Illinois ID card, the emergency contact information can be entered for both cards in one transaction if you so choose.
You may select one or two persons as your emergency contacts and are encouraged to share your participation with the contacts you have chosen.
Clean Air Counts in Bartlett
If the air around Bartlett starts to seem cleaner, it may have something to do with the Village joining the Clean Air Counts campaign. Clean Air Counts is a northeastern Illinois initiative to reduce ozone-causing emissions to improve air quality and reduce energy consumption. The initiative is a collaborative effort between the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, City of Chicago, United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
The Village of Bartlett is now one of more than 30 different municipalities that have joined this group. As a member of Clean Air Counts, the Village will promote ways in which homeowners, businesses and people can work together to reduce air pollution. Such promotions include articles in the Bartletter, informational handouts at Village Hall for businesses, homeowners and contractors, and news about upcoming programs on the Village’s website.
For more information on the Clean Air Counts initiative, please visit www.cleanaircounts.org