Village News

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

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Many families in the Houston Independent School District have been devastated by the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. Lake Bluff's elementary and middle schools are collecting donations of new and unused clothing, shoes, underwear, socks, uniforms, school supplies, canned food, and bottled water that can help Houston students recover and prepare for the coming school year. Please, consider dropping off a contribution at either campus.

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On Wednesday, July 12, the Village of Lake Bluff experienced a significant rain storm that has been estimated as a 140-year storm by Lake County. The Village saw about 7 inches of rain in less than 10 hours. This resulted in flooded basements and the closure of many local streets such as Green Bay Road and highways including Route 176 and Route 41. Due to the scale and damage of the storm, the State of Illinois and Lake County declared an emergency. The Federal government may also declare the July 12 storm to be a natural disaster. This exceptional rain storm was followed by two other significant rain events occurring on July 20 and August 3. More flooding occurred in the Village due to the saturated ground and high intensity of rainfall, although it was not as damaging as the July 12 storm.

The below is verbatim from the Lake County Emergency Management Agency.

All questions should be directed to the Agency directly at (847) 377-7100.


Lake County has received a State disaster proclamation due to the widespread flooding in our region. This can open the door for federal assistance. Disaster recovery is a multi-step process starting with an initial damage assessment, which is now underway. Lake County is working with local municipalities and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to conduct the assessment. The US Civil Air Patrol is currently capturing aerial photography of the flooded areas.

We need a complete and accurate damage assessment report that includes damages incurred in both incorporated and unincorporated Lake County. The detail within this report will help determine eligibility for federal assistance.

The Lake Bluff Police Department wants to remind all residents to keep their car windows rolled up, doors locked, and valuables out of sight when your car is parked unattended. 

When riding bikes, be sure to lock them in bike racks, and keep them in a closed and locked garage overnight.

Lastly, if you see anyone suspicious, call the Police!  Together we can help keep Lake Bluff the safe community we all enjoy!

The start of the 2017 Farmers’ Market Season was a success!  The Market Manager reports a larger than usual turnout for opening day.  The Farmers’ Market (located on the Village Green) is once again sponsored by Knauz Autopark and will run every Friday from June 9 to October 13, 2017, 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Additional information is available by visiting lakeblufffarmersmarket.com or Facebook.com/LakeBluffMarket.