The Village of Lake Bluff is making efforts to prepare its residents and businesses for disasters by taking part in America’s PrepareAthon! and in conjunction with the CodeRED emergency notification system. The CodeRED Weather Warning system is an opt-in service that automatically notifies those registered of tornado, flash flood and severe thunderstorm warnings just minutes after an alert is issued by the National Weather Service, making it an essential preparedness tool to stay safe.
“It’s important to Be Smart, Take Part and Prepare for disasters. The CodeRED system will help us prepare our residents if severe weather is headed our way. We will also use it to keep the community informed throughout an emergency event,” said David Belmonte, Lake Bluff’s Chief of Police.
Chief Belmonte urges all residents to enroll to receive emergency alerts through CodeRED. Those who have already enrolled to receive CodeRED notifications but have recently moved or changed telephone numbers are encouraged to click on the CodeRED logo on the Village's website (lakebluff.org) to update their contact information.
“We ask residents to encourage their family members, friends, colleagues and other groups about the CodeRED system and make sure they are in the emergency database. We rely on the CodeRED system to keep our community informed, but we need to make sure we have your correct contact information,” Belmonte said. “It is important that even if you previously registered, you should again to verify you are in the database.”
Those without Internet access may call the Lake Bluff Police Department Records Division at 847-234-8760 extension “2” Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. to subscribe to receive CodeRED alerts by supplying their information over the phone.
America’s PrepareAthon! is a national, grassroots campaign for action to increase individual and community preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises throughout the year. One of the Village of Lake Bluff’s role during this campaign is to increase the number of residents and businesses enrolled to receive CodeRED emergency and severe weather notifications.
For more information about America’s PrepareAthon!, please visit ready.gov/prepare or email
The Village reminds vehicle owners to be mindful of their vehicle registration status. The Illinois Secretary of State recently announced it would be suspending the mailing of reminder notices for vehicle registration renewal. Motorists can sign up to receive reminder notices electronically by e-mail at www.ilsos.gov.
Adults, teens and children alike regularly use the numerous pedestrian crossings throughout the Village on a daily basis. Crosswalks are located in front of schools, parks and downtown, as well as throughout Lake Bluff’s residential neighborhoods. In Illinois, although both motorists and pedestrians are responsible for traffic safety, motorists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. To ensure everyone is safe when crossing the street, the Lake Bluff Police Department offers the following reminders:
- Look left, right and left again for traffic. Stop at the curb and look both ways. By stopping at the curb drivers will recognize you are intending to cross and will slow down or even stop;
- Wait for natural, safe gaps in traffic before crossing;
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing to be sure they see you;
- Cross within the marked crossing area. If crossing outside the area recognize that drivers do not expect to see you;
- Be predictable and cross or enter the street where it is legal to do so;
- Use extra caution when crossing at night. Pedestrians will see vehicles approaching sooner than the driver will see the pedestrian; and
- Always be cautious! Do not excuse your personal safety for a false sense of security that could be cultivated at crosswalks.
Telephone Scam Alert
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of Lake County residents receiving fraudulent telephone calls from individuals representing themselves to be from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. These fraudulent calls are appearing on the recipients’ caller identification as telephone numbers used by the Sheriff’s Office. Thus, it appears the victims are receiving a valid call from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, when this in fact is not the case.
During this specific scam, the fraudulent caller states they are calling regarding a complaint which had been filed against whoever answers the telephone. The fraudulent caller then gives the name of an “investigating officer” and instructs the recipient to call a telephone number to reach that “officer.”
In these instances the offenders are using tools to “spoof” their telephone number. Even though these offenders are not calling from the Sheriff’s Office, they can mask their telephone number to make it appears as if the call is originating from the Sheriff’s Office.
Residents should be aware when the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is requested to make a notification for an outside agency, a highway patrol deputy will be dispatched and will make the notification in person. These notifications do not occur over the telephone.
If you feel you’ve received a fraudulent telephone call, contact the Sheriff’s Office to determine the validity of the call.
- Don’t give identifying or personal information to anyone over the telephone, unless you have confirmed who you are speaking with
- If you are unsure of a caller’s identity, ask for their name and callback number, then hang-up and verify their information via the Internet or telephone book
- If a caller is asking for someone who isn’t currently home, simply tell the caller they can’t come to the telephone (versus informing the caller you could be home alone)