When Summer Storms Strike
Summer brings warm temperatures and the potential for severe weather. Residents are reminded to take the possibility of severe weather seriously and prepare ahead of time. Here are some tips for weathering any storm.
KNOW SEVERE WEATHER TERMINOLOGY
•Tornado or Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Conditions are right for a serious storm or tornado to develop. Watch for danger signs and be ready to seek shelter quickly. Stay tuned to the radio or TV for National Weather Service bulletins.
•Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property to those in the storm’s path.
•Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar. Warning sirens will be sounded and you should find shelter immediately.
BEFORE A STORM
•Purchase a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio with a battery backup and tone-alert feature. It automatically alerts you when a watch or warning is issued. The National Weather Service uses county names in its advisories, so know the county where you live and work.
•Check the weather forecast before going outdoors and postpone plans if storms are imminent.
•Keep a list of emergency phone numbers. Teach children how and when to call 911.
•Choose a friend or relative who lives out of the area that separated family members can call to report their whereabouts and condition.
•Keep important documents and records in a safe deposit box or other secure location.
•Maintain a disaster supply kit.
DURING A STORM
•Close all windows and doors. Draw shades or blinds to reduce the risk from flying glass.
•Avoid using the telephone or other electrical appliances until the storm passes.
•Turn off air conditioners. If lightning strikes, a power surge could damage the compressor.
•Delay taking baths/showers until after the storm.
•If outdoors, seek shelter immediately. If you can hear thunder, you are probably close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning.
•If you are in a boat, try to reach shore quickly.
•If you are driving, pull safely to the shoulder away from trees and power lines. Lightning can flash from trees or power poles into a vehicle through the radio antenna. Normally, in the open, a vehicle is a safe shelter from lightning.
•Avoid touching metal parts of the vehicle when lightning is nearby.
•If you find yourself where there is no immediate shelter, find a low spot away from trees and power poles and squat low to the ground. Make yourself the smallest target possible.
AFTER A STORM
•Check for injured persons and render first aid. CPR will revive most lightning strike victims. Do not move anyone who is severely injured unless absolutely necessary. Wait for emergency assistance to arrive.
•Photograph or videotape damage to property.
•Do not make unnecessary telephone calls.
•If driving, be alert for hazards on the roadway.
•Check on neighbors or relatives who may require special assistance.
Bartlett is equipped with several warning sirens to notify you of a weather emergency. Sirens are tested at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Other than testing, the signals are sounded only if a tornado warning is issued. If you hear the siren, take cover immediately; turn on a radio or TV for more information. As a Storm Ready Community, Bartlett reminds residents that the weather sirens will NEVER be used to signal that conditions are safe. It is up to you to decide when it is safe to leave places of shelter.
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 630-837-0800.
The coyote breeding season begins in February. Their dens are located in brush piles, under logs, in hollow trees and even abandoned structures. Litters of around six pups are born in April and both mother and father care for the young for 1 to 1 1/2 years depending on the pup’s gender. In spring, young males are kicked out of the pack and have to look for their own territories.
Do not make it comfortable around your home for a coyote by providing food and shelter. Always keep your cat indoors and your dog on a leash. Pick up your small dog if you see a coyote while walking. Never turn your back and run away; calmly walk away while facing the coyote.
If you do encounter an aggressive coyote, change direction as you could be near their den. Carry an air horn, whistle, walking stick, cane or other deterrent. Be big, loud and bold. Throw sticks or clumps of dirt at the ground by its feet. Aim for its body, if necessary, but never its head.
“There isn’t one documented case of a coyote biting a human in DuPage County.” Report aggressive behavior to IDNR, 847-608-3100. For more information from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife Resources, please use this link: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/wildlife/files/recommendations_for_dealing_with_coyotes.pdf or call Willowbrook Wildlife Center, 630-942-6200.
Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety
A resident recently emailed and suggested that since the number of bicyclists in the Village seems to be increasing, it might be a good time for a refresher on sharing the roadways. Here are some cyclist and pedestrian safety tips for drivers from www.cyberdriveillinois.com
• Drivers must yield the right-of-way to a bicyclist just as they would to another vehicle.
• Bicyclists should travel just to the right of faster moving traffic. However, drivers need to be aware that certain hazards such as rough surfaces, debris, drainage grates or a narrow traffic lane may require bike riders to move toward the center of the lane.
• Motorists must pass a cyclist slowly and leave at least three feet of passing space.
• Crowding or threatening a bicyclist is prohibited.
• A motorist should not park or drive in marked bicycle lanes.
• When following bicyclists, give them plenty of room and be prepared to stop quickly. Use extra caution during rainy and icy weather. At night do not use high beams when you see an oncoming biker.
• After parking and before opening vehicle doors, a motorist should first check for bicyclists.
• When a motorist is turning left and there is a bicyclist entering the intersection from the opposite direction, the driver should wait for the bicyclist to pass before making the turn. Also, if a motorist is sharing the left turn lane with a bicyclist, stay behind them until they have safely completed their turn.
• If a motorist is turning right and a bicyclist is approaching on the right, let the bicyclist go through the intersection first before making a right turn. Remember to always signal when turning.
A driver must come to a complete stop (and yield):
• When a pedestrian is in a marked crosswalk.
• On school days, when children are in close proximity to a school zone crosswalk.
A driver must yield to a pedestrian
• When a pedestrian is in an unmarked crosswalk on the driver's side of the roadway and there are no traffic control signals.
• When making a turn at any intersection.
• When making a lawful turn on a red light after coming to a complete stop.
• After coming to a complete stop at a stop sign or flashing red signal at an intersection.
• When a pedestrian enters a crosswalk before the traffic light changed.
• When a pedestrian is walking with a green light, to a walking person symbol or a walk signal.
• When a pedestrian is leaving or entering a street or highway from an alley, building, private road or driveway.
• When a pedestrian is entering an intersection with a flashing yellow arrow.
Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are all responsible for following traffic rules and for safely sharing the Village roadways.
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.
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/ for additional information.