Kendall County Search & Rescue

Kendall County Search & Rescue The Kendall County Search & Rescue Team is a division of the Kendall County Emergency Management Agency in Kendall County, Illinois.

Operating as usual

11/18/2020

Thank you to the fifty (50) search and rescue professionals from thirteen (13) area agencies that attended this last Saturday's Zoom multi agency training session. A special thank you to Rev. Tim Perry and Ed Epstein for taking their time to enlighten us on some of the things to think about on Critical Incident Stress Debriefing. Following their session we also went through Bloodborne Pathogens. Great training and good to see everyone, even if it was only virtually.

Final SarTopo map from last night.  Twenty-one (21) Search and Rescue professionals from eight (8) area agencies working...
09/28/2020

Final SarTopo map from last night. Twenty-one (21) Search and Rescue professionals from eight (8) area agencies working together. All assignments, team assignments sheets and maps created in SarTopo. All resources checked in through SarTopo. Mobile app tracks for the majority of the searchers. Great tool to make our responses better!!! Great job everyone!!

Thank you to the twenty-one (21) Search and Rescue professionals that came out last night to the Monthly Multi Agency Se...
09/28/2020

Thank you to the twenty-one (21) Search and Rescue professionals that came out last night to the Monthly Multi Agency Search and Rescue training. We went over SatTopo mobile and then utilized both the mobile app and desktop for all assignments in our night search. Thank you to Boone County EMA CERT Search and Rescue for hosting. Great fun was had by all!!!!

I want to send GIANT THANK YOUS to all of those who came to the Multi-Agency's Mock Night Search Training that we hosted yesterday!! I know that many of you who attended, had long drives and a late night to come search and help us out. To you, who were able to come and those who were not, Thank You For All That You Do and Stay Safe!!!

Thank you to the thirty-nine (39) Search and Rescue professionals from eleven (11) area agencies that came out to our fi...
07/12/2020

Thank you to the thirty-nine (39) Search and Rescue professionals from eleven (11) area agencies that came out to our first in several months in-person training today. The subject was Urban Search. We utilized SarTopo and were prepared to use the mobile app to do a little live tracking, when Mother Nature decided we needed lightning and rain instead. Thank you to Patrick and John from Aurora EMA for jumping in an making the alternative location arrangements. A huge thank you to Calvary Church Naperville for allowing us to use their amazing facility for our training today!!! Map pictures are of the SarTopo map and a close up of the indoor tracks. Photo courtesy of Linda Keen. It was amazing to see each of you again!

Join us in celebrating National Volunteer Appreciation Week.  Our volunteers give of their time and talents all year!  W...
04/20/2020

Join us in celebrating National Volunteer Appreciation Week. Our volunteers give of their time and talents all year! We appreciate all that they do! Thank you!

Kendall County Search & Rescue
04/07/2020

Kendall County Search & Rescue

More great photos from Saturday's multi agency Search and Rescue training!  Photos courtesy of Beth Drendel, North Auror...
02/11/2020

More great photos from Saturday's multi agency Search and Rescue training! Photos courtesy of Beth Drendel, North Aurora CERT/Kane County OEM

Thank you to the thirty-seven (37) Search and Rescue professionals from eleven (11) area agencies that came out today fo...
02/09/2020

Thank you to the thirty-seven (37) Search and Rescue professionals from eleven (11) area agencies that came out today for training. The subject was cold weather injuries, hypothermia burritos, survival and wilderness shelter building. A great time was had by all!! Photos courtesy of Robby Paulsen, Boone County EMA SAR

Another great training in Severe weather and weather spotting!!
02/06/2020

Another great training in Severe weather and weather spotting!!

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!!!

There are still some seats available in the March 21-22, 2020 16-hour Ground Search and Rescue Operations course in Kane...
01/22/2020
Kane County 2020 Ground Search and Rescue (16-hour)

There are still some seats available in the March 21-22, 2020 16-hour Ground Search and Rescue Operations course in Kane County. If you are over 18 and a member of an agency that would have a reason to be at a Search and Rescue incident, join us!!
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The Ground SAR course is considered the basic training course for personnel who have responsibilities to respond to a SAR incident as a field searcher. This course provides a broad overview of SAR fundamentals, lost person behavior, scope of SAR operations, SAR resources, search techniques, and sear...

Thank you to the forty-six (46) amazing Search and Rescue professionals from eight (8) agencies that came out today for ...
01/11/2020

Thank you to the forty-six (46) amazing Search and Rescue professionals from eight (8) agencies that came out today for the multi agency monthly Search and Rescue training. The subject today was Search and Rescue Management Overview. A little bit of information about a lot of content so that all could get an overview of what happens other than the field portion of Search and Rescue! Thanks to North Aurora PD for allowing us to have our training at your location. Thank you to all that braved the weather for training!! Photos courtesy of New Lenox SAR and Park Ridge CERT.

Today and every day we are thankful for our law enforcement officers!
01/09/2020

Today and every day we are thankful for our law enforcement officers!

Kendall County EMA 2020 Basic Weather Spotter Class
01/08/2020
Kendall County EMA 2020 Basic Weather Spotter Class

Kendall County EMA 2020 Basic Weather Spotter Class

The National Weather Service will provide this free basic level course, designed to assist the participant in recognizing and identifying severe storms capable of producing damaging winds, tornadoes, heavy rain, and hail. Course topics also include procedures for reporting severe weather to appropri...

Ice can be very deceiving and dangerous.  The following was shared with me from a friend from Naperville EMA SAR courtes...
12/23/2019
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Ice can be very deceiving and dangerous. The following was shared with me from a friend from Naperville EMA SAR courtesy of Fire Chief Chuck Kuhn, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Great information!!! Stay Safe!!! Long but worth the read!!

Here are some tips to help you judge whether or not an iced over pond near you is safe for recreational activity.

The safety of ice depends on a combination of factors, not on one factor alone. Asses the following factors together:

* Appearance of the ice - its color, texture and features.
* Thickness of the ice - there are recommended thicknesses for different uses. See below.
* External temperature over a period of time and on the day.
* Snow coverage.
* Depth of water under the ice.
* Size of the body of water.
* Chemical composition of water - saltwater or fresh water.
* Local climate fluctuations.
* The length of time the ice has existed.

Know your ice color. Do not rely on color alone. But as an approximation, you can use these guidelines:

* Light gray to dark black: Melting ice, which occurs even if air temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (zero degrees Celsius). Ice of this color is not safe. Its weak density can't hold a load. Stay off it.
* White to opaque: This indicates water-saturated snow freezing on top of ice, forming another thin ice layer. Most times it's weak due to being porous from air pockets.
* Blue to clear: This indicates a high-density, very strong, safe ice to be on if it is thick enough. If it is less than 4 inches (10 centimeters) thick, stay off it.
* Mottled and slushy or "rotten" ice. Ice of this texture (texture more so than color) is thawing and slushy. It is deceptive: It may seem thick at the top but it is rotting away at the center and base. Most prevalent in spring, it may show signs of browns from plant tannins, dirt and other natural materials that are resurfacing from thawing. This ice is not suitable, for even one footstep.

Remember not to rely solely on color. For instance, ice of any color subjected to a running water force underneath will be weaker than ice not subject to that pressure.

The thickness of ice must be taken into consideration. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

* If the ice is 2 inches thick or less, stay off it.
* Ice that is between 2 and 4 inches thick is suitable for ice fishing or other activities on foot.
* Ice that is between 5 and 7 inches thick is suitable for a snowmobile or ATV.
* Ice that is between 8 and 12 inches thick can hold a car.
* Ice that is between 12 and 15 inches thick can support a medium-size truck.

White ice or "snow ice" is only about half as strong as new clear ice. Double the above thickness guidelines when traveling on white ice.

Great training Saturday for our multi agency Search and Rescue training!  Thank you to the forty (40) awesome Search and...
12/16/2019

Great training Saturday for our multi agency Search and Rescue training! Thank you to the forty (40) awesome Search and Rescue professionals from twelve (12) area agencies that attended. A huge thank you to Levi Gotte, Kendall County Chief Deputy Coroner (Deputy Director Operations KCEMA), Justin Kness, KCEMA SAR and Bill Bailey, Wilmington ESDA for leading the training in Coroner's Office Operations, Evidence/Crime Scene Preservation and K9 Human Remains Detection. Thank you to the Kendall County Coroner's Office for allowing us to tour their facility also. Great training with a lot of great people! Photos courtesy of Joe Buan (KCEMA SAR)

Join us!  Very informative class!  Register to win a weather radio.  Register today!
12/16/2019

Join us! Very informative class! Register to win a weather radio. Register today!

Join us for our annual Basic Severe Weather and Tornado Spotter class. Register to win a weather radio at the class! Preparedness saves lives!

12/16/2019
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Great training opportunity to learn a bit about severe weather! Register today!

Thank you to the fourteen (14) awesome Search and Rescue professionals from five (5) area agencies that came out today t...
11/09/2019

Thank you to the fourteen (14) awesome Search and Rescue professionals from five (5) area agencies that came out today to the multi agency Search and Rescue training despite having a huge exercise and two (2) searches this week. We worked on GPS by putting in locations of clues by hand and uploading search segments and GPS tracks through Garmin Basecamp. We also tried out the real time capture of searcher movements through their segments with the mobile app Caltopo. It was a great training with great people. Thank you to Deputy Director of Operations Levi Gotte for helping get everyone and their cell phone onto Caltopo. Photos by Joe Buan.

Thank you today and every day to our First Responders. We don't fully understand what they give up each day to serve, pr...
10/28/2019

Thank you today and every day to our First Responders. We don't fully understand what they give up each day to serve, protect and help us.

10/13/2019

Thank you to the twenty-six (26) Search and Rescue professionals from nine (9) area agencies that took part in the multi-agency training today. Today's subject was the 3-hour ISARC Search and Rescue Initial Operations (SARIO) course. Great day for indoor training!!! Didn't get any pictures sorry!!

Thank you to the forty-seven (47) awesome Search and Rescue professionals that came out Saturday night to the multi-agen...
09/16/2019

Thank you to the forty-seven (47) awesome Search and Rescue professionals that came out Saturday night to the multi-agency night training. Huge thank you to Kane County OEM for hosting the training. We tried a few new things and they worked out well. Uploading the segments to the teams GPS along with the trail map, then uploading their tracks afterward was tested and successful. Great time was had by all, along with some great learning!!! Photos by Bob Alvarez and Robby Paulsen.

Thank you to the awesome thirty (30) Search and Rescue professionals from ten (10) area agencies that came out today for...
08/11/2019

Thank you to the awesome thirty (30) Search and Rescue professionals from ten (10) area agencies that came out today for the monthly multi agency training. Subject today was Orienteering!!! Great learning and great fun with some really awesome people. Pictures courtesy of Dan Martin (New Lenox SAR), Joe Buan
(Kendall County SAR) and Robby Paulsen (Boone County EMA)!

Thank you to the twenty-eight (28) Search and Rescue professionals that came out today to the monthly Multi Agency train...
07/13/2019

Thank you to the twenty-eight (28) Search and Rescue professionals that came out today to the monthly Multi Agency training. UTM and GPS were the subjects. Great work by all in finding all 24 targets. Always good to learn new skills or brush up on old ones. Thank you to North Aurora CERT for hosting the training this month!!! Pictures by Dan Martin (New Lenox SAR) and Bob Alvarez (Palatine EMA)

Thank you to the twenty-eight (28) Search and Rescue professionals from nine (9) area agencies that attended the multi a...
06/12/2019

Thank you to the twenty-eight (28) Search and Rescue professionals from nine (9) area agencies that attended the multi agency Patient Packaging training this last weekend. Thank you to Hanover Township Emergency Services for hosting the training! The weather was perfect and everyone learned something!! Photos by Park Ridge

Yesterday, 2 SAR team members and 1 KCEMA Specialist participated in Multi-Agency SAR training hosted by the awesome peo...
05/12/2019

Yesterday, 2 SAR team members and 1 KCEMA Specialist participated in Multi-Agency SAR training hosted by the awesome people over at of Wilmington E.S.D.A.

The training was attended by 35 SAR team members from 6 agencies and covered Shoreline Safety and the use of rope throw bags.

A huge thank you to this months hosts!

Great multi agency training Saturday. Fitness test first and then awesome team building exercises. Thank you to the twen...
04/17/2019

Great multi agency training Saturday. Fitness test first and then awesome team building exercises. Thank you to the twenty three search and rescue professionals that came out. A special thank you to New Lenox SAR for their help with the fitness test and hosting the team building exercises. What great fun.
Pictures by New Lenox SAR

This week might be National Volunteer Week but all of our wonderful Search and Rescue Professional volunteers are apprec...
04/08/2019

This week might be National Volunteer Week but all of our wonderful Search and Rescue Professional volunteers are appreciated every day all year long.

Winter is hopefully in the rearview mirror.  Spring has sprung!!! A whole new batch of those black and white striped sti...
04/02/2019

Winter is hopefully in the rearview mirror. Spring has sprung!!! A whole new batch of those black and white striped stinky kitties will be haunting you and your K9s travels. Keep these tips handy to get rid of that horrible skunk perfume!!

Thank you to the sixty (60) trained search and rescue professionals that came out Saturday to the multi agency training ...
03/11/2019

Thank you to the sixty (60) trained search and rescue professionals that came out Saturday to the multi agency training exercise. Thank you to Hanover Township Emergency Services for hosting the training!

Why we do what we do!!!!
02/28/2019

Why we do what we do!!!!

How to Make GeoPDF Maps in Caltopo - Section Hikers Backpacking Blog
02/26/2019
How to Make GeoPDF Maps in Caltopo - Section Hikers Backpacking Blog

How to Make GeoPDF Maps in Caltopo - Section Hikers Backpacking Blog

A GeoPDF Map is a PDF map that you can use for GPS Navigation on a Smartphone. You can easily make your own GeoPDF maps using a FREE online mapping tool called Caltopo.com and navigate with them on your smartphone in a FREE GPS navigation app called Avenza.

02/06/2019
Kendall County Emergency Management Agency

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Video from the Fox River ice survey on 02/03/2019.

Credit: Wilmington E.S.D.A.

Kendall County Emergency Management Agency
02/04/2019

Kendall County Emergency Management Agency

Over the past two days, KCEMA staff have been assessing ice conditions on the Fox River in Kendall County by various methods. Thanks to the assistance of Wilmington E.S.D.A. we have been able to conduct an aerial assessment of ice flows which has allowed us to see areas that we cannot normally access from the ground.

We are currently sharing all data with US National Weather Service Chicago Illinois and monitoring the situation closely with the assistance of the staff of the Kendall County Sheriff's Office, the Kendall County Coroner's Office, and multiple community members who have provided real-time reports.

At this time, no specific protective actions are being recommended, however, residents are advised to report ice jams or flooding near their homes or businesses (along with photos if possible) to KCEMA at [email protected].

If you venture out this weekend for outdoor activities, remember that the windchills will be well below zero. Some great...
01/18/2019

If you venture out this weekend for outdoor activities, remember that the windchills will be well below zero. Some great tips on winter dress for these temperatures. Stay safe.

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Yorkville, IL
60560

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

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(630) 553-4500

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