Kendall County Emergency Management Agency

Kendall County Emergency Management Agency Kendall County Emergency Management Agency's mission is to Prepare for, Respond to, Recover from and Mitigate all disasters affecting Kendall County.

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US National Weather Service Chicago Illinois
11/14/2020

US National Weather Service Chicago Illinois

Breezy south winds are expected today with gusts to 35 mph. Very strong, potentially damaging westerly winds develop behind a cold front late tonight and continue into Sunday. Expect frequent gusts up to 45 to 50 mph, with occasional gusts of 55 mph or greater possible. Drivers of high profile vehicles should plan for hazardous travel conditions, especially on north to south roads. Secure or bring loose objects indoors before the strongest winds arrive.

08/25/2020

Kendall County EMA is hosting an Amateur Radio Technician level licencing class. Classes will be held on Wednesday nights, 6:30pm from Oct 7th, for 10 weeks. There is no cost for the class or books. If you would like to join the class, email Roger at [email protected] by Sept 9th.

08/10/2020

EDIT: The Tornado Warning has expired..

Tornado Warning for Kendall County until 1545 CT.

06/09/2020
Kendall County Emergency Management Agency

With the chance of high winds associated with the impending storms, this seems relevant once again.

Please make sure to secure any patio furniture, umbrellas, trampolines, garbage cans, novelty Elvis lawn gnomes, and those holiday decorations that you -totally- have been meaning to take down but haven't quite gotten around to. 👀

Its 10 A.M., do you know where your patio chairs are?

05/23/2020

05/23/20 @1425: Southwestern and Southeastern Kendall County is under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 3:30 PM. Hail is likely in these storms.

05/23/2020

05/23/20 @ 1500: Kendall County is under a Tornado Watch until 8 PM.

04/28/20 @ 1715: Currently there is a line of thunderstorms entering our area. These storms have been reported to contai...
04/28/2020

04/28/20 @ 1715:
Currently there is a line of thunderstorms entering our area. These storms have been reported to contain hail when passing through the Seneca and Sheridan area. Please check your local radar for more up to date information, but be prepared in case these storms strengthen.

Help us celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Week.  Those that give of their time and talents every day to make our...
04/20/2020

Help us celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Week. Those that give of their time and talents every day to make our communities better! Thank you!

Kendall County Emergency Management Agency
04/07/2020

Kendall County Emergency Management Agency

04/03/2020
Two quick hygiene tips for this Friday:1. When heading out to make essential trips (groceries, etc.), bring along a pen....
03/27/2020

Two quick hygiene tips for this Friday:

1. When heading out to make essential trips (groceries, etc.), bring along a pen. This can help you avoid touching that loaner pen and can also be used to make selections on keypads that everyone else may have touched.

2. Consider carrying a few sheets of paper towel in a zip-lock bag. This can be useful for drying hands (since you should be washing frequently) or touching common touch points such as door handles.

Stay safe out there.

US National Weather Service Chicago Illinois
03/27/2020

US National Weather Service Chicago Illinois

[7:43 AM CDT Friday March 27th]

Active weather is expected at times this evening through the weekend. There is a threat for strong to severe storms this evening into early Saturday, especially I-80 and south. Heavy downpours could also produce localized flooding south of I-80. Fog is possible at times, some may be dense. Then later Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening, unseasonably warm and humid, and breezy conditions could set the stage for multiple severe thunderstorms. Then late Saturday night into Sunday, strong southwest to west winds are likely, with gusts up to 40+ mph possible.

Severe Weather Threat Tonight: https://www.facebook.com/NWSChicago/photos/a.170461579677551/2941093435947671/?type=3&theater

Saturday's Severe Weather Threat: https://www.facebook.com/NWSChicago/photos/a.170461579677551/2941147739275574/?type=3&theater

US National Weather Service Chicago Illinois
03/27/2020

US National Weather Service Chicago Illinois

[6:13 AM CDT Friday March 27th]

A powerful storm system will impact the area on Saturday with multiple rounds of thunderstorms. Concern continues to increase for the potential of dangerous fast-moving severe storms during the afternoon and evening for portions of the area. All severe hazards will be possible, including large to very large hail, tornadoes (some may be strong), and damaging wind gusts.

Morning showers and thunderstorms may continue into the early-mid afternoon north of I-80, with minimal if any severe risk. As a cold front approaches later in the day, numerous to widespread severe thunderstorms will be possible into the evening. While severe weather is possible area wide, at this time, the main threat area is considered to be in parts of north central, west central and northwest Illinois, roughly in and near the red shaded area on the map. Should severe storms occur, the highest risk period is expected to be from about 4pm to 10pm.

Note that there is still some uncertainty, so it's important to pay close attention to the latest forecast updates. Have a plan of action for safe shelter if necessary.

PC: weather.gov/Chicago
Mobile: mobile.weather.gov

Tonight's Severe Threat: https://www.facebook.com/NWSChicago/photos/a.170461579677551/2941093435947671/?type=3&theater

03/25/2020
Alton Brown

Here is a easy to understand video by Alton Brown that shows why Soap is the most effective form of hand washing!

https://www.facebook.com/altonbrown/videos/2861843360550297/

Here's my take on the World Health Organization (WHO) #SafeHands challenge. It's pretty much everything I have to say about hand washing... without the final shot that made so many YouTubers squirm.

03/25/2020
Mediko Kapitolyo Multispecialty and Diagnostic Clinic

Here is a excellent video showing the PROPER way to wash your hands to ensure they are completely clean! It is very important to follow this method every time. (Additional instructional videos in the comments.)

Correct hand washing is the key :-)

credits to owner

A good tip from our friends at Bellwood Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management.If you find yourself in l...
03/23/2020

A good tip from our friends at Bellwood Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management.

If you find yourself in line while making those essential trips to the grocery store, give your neighbors some space!

Over the last few days, you might have seen the same thing over and over: “Flatten the Curve”, but what does it actually...
03/19/2020

Over the last few days, you might have seen the same thing over and over: “Flatten the Curve”, but what does it actually mean? (Trust me, even though it's long, it's worth the read)

TL;DR – If we ALL practice social distancing and make smart choices, we can potentially slow the spread of COVID-19 by more than 90% and ensure there are enough hospital beds to treat the sick.

First, let’s talk about the red curve on the left. In an uncontrolled environment, an illness will grow at a faster and faster (exponential) rate. Think of it like this: On day 1, Jim contracts an illness at the store. Jim continues to go about his normal routine and goes to work even though he is sick. By day 5, Jim has passed his illness onto 3 of his co-workers who also go about their normal routines and bring the illness into their homes and each infect 3 new people (9 new cases + 4 old cases = 13 total people infected). If this pattern continues, by day 30 there will be 4,372 people infected all starting with Jim’s decision to go to work sick.

That’s right…. 4,372 cases starting with Jim.

Now, let’s talk about the curve on the right. If Bill gets sick and stays home and practices social distancing, he may only infect 2 people in his household by day 5. Using the same formula as before, by day 30 there will only be 127 cases total (a 97% decrease over Jim). If Bill puts himself into self-isolation because he is sick, and only infects 1 person in his household, there will only be 7 cases by day 30 (a 99% decrease!).

Okay, with all that math out of the way, let’s look at the dotted line on the chart. Let us assume that the local hospital in Jim and Bill’s town can hold 100 patients at one time. If Jim and everyone else decides to not make smart decisions and limit the spread, the town hospital will be at maximum capacity because of one “cluster” of cases IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS! (This isn’t even taking into account the fact that most hospitals can accept far less patients in their ICU or that there may be other sick people in the town already).

Finally, if Bill decides to be smart and stay at home from work when he is sick and self-isolate, the hospital can potentially treat all of the sick patients and there will be resources available for those who really need it.

So, everyone… Be like Bill and help #FlattenTheCurve!

Why is it important for everyone to practice good social distancing (including staying at home and limiting interactions...
03/18/2020

Why is it important for everyone to practice good social distancing (including staying at home and limiting interactions where you can)? This infographic illustrates the point beautifully. Let's all do our part to help #slowthespread.

Credit to New Jersey Emergency Nurses Association.

03/16/2020

Here are the top 3 things you can do to help stop the spread of COVID-19:

1. WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY. If you think you are doing it enough... I promise you, you aren't.
2. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE. At least 6 feet greatly reduces your risk. Keep this in mind while standing in lines.
3. IF YOU FEEL SICK, STAY HOME. Seriously. Don't go to work, the store, or any family functions while ill. At all.

Many of you are worried and scared. We get it. We are working day-and-night to help keep everyone safe. Help us by not spreading unverified rumors and giving others solid science-backed information. Share this post far and wide!

With everyone washing their hands more frequently (we hope 🤞), we want to make sure that everyone is not overlooking thi...
03/16/2020

With everyone washing their hands more frequently (we hope 🤞), we want to make sure that everyone is not overlooking this VERY important part of hand hygiene: Moisturize! One of the side-effects of washing your hands frequently is that it strips the natural oils from your skin and allows it to dry and crack (breaking the skin barrier), which can create a potential point of infection. Ideally, you should use lotion or another skin care product after washing your hands to complete the hand-hygiene cycle!

Please see the attached press release from our county board regarding the Disaster Proclamation for Kendall County. The ...
03/16/2020

Please see the attached press release from our county board regarding the Disaster Proclamation for Kendall County. The proclamation enacts the emergency operations plan and unlocks access to resources, equipment, and personnel in order to assist residents of Kendall County.

All this talk of handwashing brings up an important question.... You clean your hands all the time, but when was the las...
03/07/2020

All this talk of handwashing brings up an important question.... You clean your hands all the time, but when was the last time you cleaned your phone? I'm guessing never? 🤮 The one thing you repeatedly touch all day and put against your face can be a nice home for all kinds of icky germs.

Remember to give your phone a little TLC, but follow these guidelines:
-Don't use abrasive cloths (like paper towels or bleach wipes)
-Don't use harsh chemicals (they can ruin the anti-fingerprint coating on glass)
-Don't forget the nooks and crannies (headphone ports and speaker holes)
-Don't use water on older phones that aren't water resistant (electricity + water = an expensive brick 🧱)
-When in doubt, look for the manufacturer's recommendations on cleaning.

Should I wash my hands or just use hand sanitizer? How quickly we forget that school teacher's experiment that shocked e...
03/07/2020

Should I wash my hands or just use hand sanitizer? How quickly we forget that school teacher's experiment that shocked everyone only a few months ago.

Wash your hands correctly and often!

Did you know that one of the single most effective steps you can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (or influenza fo...
03/07/2020

Did you know that one of the single most effective steps you can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (or influenza for that matter) is simply washing your hands? However, washing your hands is useless if you don't do it properly! (We are looking at you "rinse and shake" person. 😡). Also, remember that while hand sanitizer can kill lots of germs, it is not nearly as effective as correctly washing your hands with soap and water, and should only be used when handwashing is impractical. For more info, check out https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

Almost that time of year again.... We know sometimes it is no fun loosing an hour of sleep but still happens. Remember t...
03/06/2020

Almost that time of year again.... We know sometimes it is no fun loosing an hour of sleep but still happens. Remember to move your clocks forward one hour Saturday night. Also change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Keep your family safe!!

03/02/2020

While many people out there may be worried about the effects of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), there are some basic steps we can all take to minimize the potential for community spread of this virus as well as influenza.

1. Frequently wash your hands after touching common touchpoints (stair railings, door handles, commonly touched counters, etc.) and disinfect these areas frequently using household cleaners or wipes.

2. Do not touch your eyes/mouth/face with unwashed hands.

3. Cover your mouth with a tissue while coughing and immediately dispose of the tissue into the garbage (make sure to re-wash your hands!)

4. Avoid those who are visibly ill or have a chronic cough, fever, or shortness of breath. If you must have contact with someone ill, maintain a distance of >6 feet (droplets can travel that distance during a cough).

5. If you feel ill, consider staying home from work or school. This prevents spreading an illness to others in your workplace.

6. If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, call your medical provider prior to heading to the doctor. This will allow them to make the necessary preparations to keep you and other patients safe.

Please see the attached guidance from the Kendall County Health Department regarding COVID-19 prevention.
03/02/2020

Please see the attached guidance from the Kendall County Health Department regarding COVID-19 prevention.

Two of our awesome volunteers represented KCEMA at the 1st Annual Boulder Hill Family and Community Night yesterday. Tha...
02/28/2020

Two of our awesome volunteers represented KCEMA at the 1st Annual Boulder Hill Family and Community Night yesterday. Thank you to Emergency Management Specialists Robert Arvin and Joe Buan!

02/26/2020

It appears that due to the warmer ground temps and the storm taking a more southern track, roads are mostly clear at this time. Overnight conditions will most likely worsen somewhat, with untreated surfaces and secondary roads becoming snow covered.

Please plan for additional time during tomorrow's commute, and ensure that you slow down as conditions warrant.

Good evening! Please see the attached slides from the weather story on the upcoming snowfall on Tuesday into Wednesday.
02/24/2020

Good evening! Please see the attached slides from the weather story on the upcoming snowfall on Tuesday into Wednesday.

Thank you to the fifty-one (51) folks that braved the snow and came out to learn some really great information about sto...
02/06/2020

Thank you to the fifty-one (51) folks that braved the snow and came out to learn some really great information about storms, tornadoes, lightning and weather spotting. A special thank you to Kevin Burke with the National Weather Service for the training. Great job to the seven (7) Kendall County EMA members that came out to help. A huge thank you to Oswego Fire Station One for your hospitality in sharing your station for the event!!!

01/23/2020

We're Hiring!

Do you have a background in Emergency Management or Public Safety and want to make a difference in your community?

Kendall County is seeking applicants for the position of Emergency Management Director through 02/21/2020!

Applicants should have a minimum of 2 years experience in Emergency Management and a Bachelor's Degree in Management, Fire Sciences, Law Enforcement, Public Safety or Public Administration is preferred.

For more information, please visithttps://www.co.kendall.il.us/wp-content/uploads/EMA-Director-Job-Posting.pdf

With windchill values now reaching -10°F and wind gusts of up to 50 mph, it is important to limit exposure to the elemen...
01/19/2020

With windchill values now reaching -10°F and wind gusts of up to 50 mph, it is important to limit exposure to the elements as much as possible. If you, or anyone you know, is without heat, please keep this list of warming centers nearby.

Stay safe, and stay warm! 🌡

With the single-digit lows predicted over the next few days, it is important to make sure that our more vulnerable populations are protected and looked after.

Please be sure to check in on elderly friends and family members frequently and limit your time outdoors (especially if you are sick or suffer from respiratory problems). If you know of anyone less fortunate or without heat, please pass on the attached list of warming centers in Kendall County. These centers are free and some are open 24 hours a day.

Another great organization is Kendall County PADS, who provides shelter sites to the homeless or those in need. Please visit their website at http://kendallcountypads.org/ to see specific sites and dates.

With the single-digit lows predicted over the next few days, it is important to make sure that our more vulnerable popul...
01/17/2020

With the single-digit lows predicted over the next few days, it is important to make sure that our more vulnerable populations are protected and looked after.

Please be sure to check in on elderly friends and family members frequently and limit your time outdoors (especially if you are sick or suffer from respiratory problems). If you know of anyone less fortunate or without heat, please pass on the attached list of warming centers in Kendall County. These centers are free and some are open 24 hours a day.

Another great organization is Kendall County PADS, who provides shelter sites to the homeless or those in need. Please visit their website at http://kendallcountypads.org/ to see specific sites and dates.

❄️❄️ Winter has arrived! ❄️❄️Tonight, snowfall is predicted to begin around 4 pm before turning to a wintery mix/ice in ...
01/17/2020

❄️❄️ Winter has arrived! ❄️❄️

Tonight, snowfall is predicted to begin around 4 pm before turning to a wintery mix/ice in the overnight hours. Saturday morning it looks like we are in for another transition to rain before turning into more snow, high winds, and sub-zero wind chills. 🥶 (Snow amounts are still relatively uncertain at this time, so plan for the worst, and hope for the best?)

What does this all mean? Potentially hazardous commutes this evening and tomorrow, along with dangerously cold temps tomorrow. Please limit travel during these hours, and if you must go out, plan ahead and take your time.

More to follow!

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1102 Cornell Ln
Yorkville, IL
60560

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(630) 553-4500

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The mission of the Kendall County Emergency Management Agency is to prepare for, respond to, recover from and mitigate all forms of natural and man-made disasters that may impact Kendall County. KCEMA also oversees the operations of the Kendall County Search & Rescue (KCSAR) team.

The majority of the KCEMA staff are unpaid volunteers, many of whom reside in Kendall County, who are dedicated to serving their neighbors and friends.