Voices from Palos-Orland
Palos Park Mayor John Mahoney asks that we all take time to remember Sept. 11, 2001, and all that this day means.
Upon the 13th anniversary of 9/11, our thoughts are once again with all those who lost loved ones on that tragic morning. We remember the names, faces, and lives of the men, women, and children who were killed, and look for ways to ensure that each and every one of them is not forgotten.
We ask all to join us in remembering 9/11 and all that this day means. There are numerous ways to participate in the annual commemoration and one of the most powerful is performing acts of service in your communities in remembrance of the victims of 9/11.
When you choose to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11, you are playing an important part in memorializing those who were killed, honoring the sacrifices of the first responders, and remembering the spirit of unity that emerged in the aftermath of 9/11.
However you choose to commemorate this anniversary, thank you for joining us as we take a day to remember and honor.
September is National Preparedness Month. It is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for an unexpected emergency. The Ready Palos Park campaign encourages residents to be ready for all types of emergencies.
Develop a disaster plan and decide where you and your family will meet in the event of an emergency. Gather emergency supplies — some to keep in your home and others to keep in backpacks in case you must leave your home in a hurry.
Finally, learn how to keep informed about the hazards, disasters and crime patterns. While our staff drills and holds table-tops [exercises and drills] dealing with various disasters, we know emergencies can happen unexpectedly, tornados, floods and flash floods, and even water main breaks and power outages affecting people for days at a time.
Mayor John Mahoney and Police Commissioner Dan Polk ask that we use September to prepare and plan in the event you must go for three days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket, or local services for several days.
Mayor Mahoney recommends we follow these four steps:
1. Be Informed: Free information is available to assist you from federal, state, local, and territorial resources.
You can find preparedness information by:
• Accessing Ready.gov to learn what to do before, during, and after an emergency
• Contacting your local emergency management agency to get essential information on specific hazards to your area, local plans for shelter and evacuation, ways to get information before and during an emergency, and how to sign up for emergency alerts if they are available
• Contacting your local firehouse and asking for a tour and information about preparedness
2. Make a Plan: Discuss, agree on, and document an emergency plan with those in your care. For sample plans, see Ready.gov.
Work together with neighbors, colleagues, and others to build community resilience.
3. Build a Kit: Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for you and those in your care: water, non-perishable food, first aid, prescriptions, flashlight, and a battery-powered radio. For a checklist of supplies, visit Ready.gov .
4. Get Involved: Our community leaders agree the formula for ensuring a safer homeland consists of volunteers, a trained and informed public, and increased support of emergency response agencies during disasters. Major disasters can overwhelm first-responder agencies, empowering individuals to lend support.
Police, fire, and rescue may not always be able to reach you quickly, such as if trees and power lines are down or if they’re overwhelmed by demand from an emergency. The most important step you can take in helping your local responders is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care; the more people who are prepared, the quicker the community will recover.
It is clear that Individuals and families are the most important members of the nation’s emergency management team. Being prepared can save precious time if there is a need to respond to an emergency!