Palos Park hears hazard mitigation plan of action if any disaster strikes

 

By Michael Gilbert

Regional correspondent

The timing was just a coincidence.

A week after Palos Park began digging out from nearly 20 inches of snow, village officials welcomed emergency manager Fernando Flores to the council meeting Monday to discuss the village’s hazard mitigation plan.

The 20-page document, which has taken some 15 months to complete, examines the various natural disasters that could possibly impact Palos Park, along with tips for how to prepare and respond.

“The purpose of the plan is to be proactive rather than reactive,” Flores told the council during his 15-minute PowerPoint presentation. “It’s about sustaining us and keeping the village going during these disasters and right after these disasters. We can’t stop the emergencies from happening but we can manage their impact on our village.”

The document lists severe weather, such as heavy rains and lightning as the most likely hazard to strike Palos Park. Severe winter storms rank second, followed by tornadoes and floods. There is also the risks of earthquakes and droughts, though Flores said those ranked near the bottom of the list.

“Part of our plan looks at promoting public awareness and teaching folks to be ready for something like the lights to go out,” Flores said. “Know where your flashlights are located in case you need them. Have enough medicine [available] in case you need to go three days without making it to a pharmacy. ”

The impetus for the plan comes from the Cook County Board of Commissioners, which recently completed its own hazard mitigation plan. Many municipalities in Cook County were part of the planning process and created their own mitigation plans, Flores said.

Palos Park already has an emergency operations plan, but that document is more about response than preparing, Flores said.

“The hazard mitigation plan is more a long-term and more encompassing than the emergency operations plan,” Flores said.

Palos Park Police Commissioner Dan Polk added the mitigation plan “is much more detailed” than the emergency operations plan. Having a plan in place will also make it easier for the village to obtain federal money should a natural disaster occur, Polk said.

“This plan allows us to apply for federal grants in the event a disaster occurs,” Polk said. “If we got hit by a tornado and went to the Federal Emergency Management Agency fund and said ‘we need money to rebuild the town center’…if we don’t have the plan we don’t get no money.”

Simply having the plan is not expected to bring new funds to the village, Polk noted. Money would likely only come in the event of a natural disaster.

Village officials did not take action Monday as the plan was just being introduced. The council will review the plan and its adoption is expected in the next few months, Polk said.

Once adopted, the document will be available online and at the Kaptur Administrative Center for review.

Polk said Flores was subcontracted to complete the plan. What was the cost of producing the document ? Officials had no answer immediately following the council meeting.

“[Flores] is one of the many resources that because [Chief] Joe [Miller] has this wide net of people he knows that want to work with us,” Mayor John Mahoney said. “He’s a guy with tremendous experience in this area and the fact that we get him interested in doing a little project for us is a testimony to Joe.”

In memoriam

Also Monday, village officials observed a moment of silence for Palos Park Woman’s Club member Margaret “Mickey” Nydam, who died on Dec. 15 at the age of 87. Several members of the Woman’s Club as well as Mrs. Nydam’s daughter, Dawn Cizmar, were present at the meeting.

“The Village of Palos Park is proud to remember and give tribute this evening to a very deserving and honored citizen of Palos Park,” Mahoney said. “Although she had some health issues through the years, she stayed active with an inspirational zest for life and a love for our community. She was a wonderful lady.”

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Palos Park Emergency Manager Fernando Flores discusses the village’s hazard mitigation plan with council members Monday. The document, which officials are expected to adopt in the upcoming months, offers guidance for preparing and responding to natural disasters.

 

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