Moraine Township works with other local and countywide governments to have a plan to assist citizens in the event of any emergency, large or small.
Moraine Township works with local Fire and Police Departments to prevent accidents. Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, for example, are made available at little or no cost to income- or age-qualifying residents, and are distributed by the Fire Department in Highland Park, including to Highwood homes upon request.
Following a residential complex fire in Highwood in October, 2006, Township Supervisor Mari Barnes convened an informal task force to define procedures for "small" emergencies. The need for coordination of immediate and follow-up response services came to the fore as a lesson from this fire. The initial task force for "small emergency" planning consisted of representatives from the Township and Highland Park and Highwood fire departments, City of Highwood, local schools, and Family Service. (See also the article in Talk of the Township, Spring 2007 issue.) Each organization's respective function was organized into a flow chart. The final plan, a variation of a calling tree, was adopted by the Board in February 2008, and a training session was held in April, 2008. (See Talk of the Township, Spring 2008 issue.)
Disaster planning is a function of many governments, often requiring intergovernmental cooperation, and the Township participates as a partner. Lake County planning involves townships as the natural distribution points for local emergency response information and supplies.
In addition, for example, the City of Highland Park has initiated CERT. The following text and link is from their website:
CERT - COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
The Highland Park Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) educates the community about disaster preparedness for hazards and situations that may impact our City. Specific skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, disaster medical operations, and traffic control are provided to members online, in the classroom and during live exercises. Using this training, members can assist others in their neighborhoods or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
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