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Emergency Preparedness

Disaster can strike without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhoods, workplace or school or confine you to your home.

What would you do if basic service such as water, gas, electricity or telephones were cut off?

Please use this Emergency Preparedness Guide to learn what to do during an emergency.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Park Ridge Fire Department, the Park Ridge Police Department, and the City of Park Ridge developed a CERT program to promote a partnering effort between emergency services and the people they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to provide training in basic response skills to volunteer members from our neighborhoods, community organizations, and workplaces. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capabilities for their respective areas.

Questions regarding CERT should be directed to

Mutual Aid Box Alarm System

MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) in partnership with IEMA (Illinois Emergency Management Agency) have established a statewide, non-discriminatory mutual aid response system for fire, EMS and specialized incident operational teams. Sharing the effort are representatives from the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Department of Public Health – EMS Division and Illinois Fire Chiefs Association. The system defines a resource response plan to any location within the state when the Governor orders a Declaration of Disaster. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on January 16, 2001, and updated in 2006, a first in Illinois fire service history.

MABAS has also become a Partner Agency with Cook County’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Together, MABAS and CCDHSEM designs and establishes capability based systems to serve the high density, urban area

Historically, IEMA has had the capability through state resources and assets to support disaster stricken communities in many areas except Fire, EMS, Technical Rescue, Urban Search and Rescue, Water Rescue & Recovery, and Hazardous Materials Operations Teams. Illinois resources like State Police, Department of Transportation and numerous other state assets are able to mobilize under the direction of the Governor in response to a disaster. Since Illinois does not own a fire department, EMS ambulances or specialized operations teams, a substantial "system" resource within the control of the state was lacking. The plan provides a system of "one-stop shopping" for IEMA officials to activate and mobilize local municipal fire, EMS and special operations assets through MABAS.

MABAS is a statewide mutual aid system, which has been in existence since the late 1960s. Pre September 11th, MABAS was heavily rooted throughout northern Illinois. Since September 11th, MABAS has rapidly grown throughout the State of Illinois as well as Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan and parts of Iowa and Missouri. Day-to-day MABAS extra alarms are systematically designed to provide speed of response of emergency resources to the stricken community during an ongoing emergency. Declarations of Disaster provide a MABAS sustained system of response on top of daily mutual aid activations. Today MABAS includes approximately 1,175 of the state’s 1,246 fire departments organized within 69 divisions. MABAS divisions geographically span an area from Lake Michigan to Iowa's border and south almost into Kentucky. Wisconsin divisions also share MABAS with their Illinois counterparts. The cities of Chicago, St. Louis, and Milwaukee are also MABAS member agencies. MABAS has expanded into all 102 Illinois counties.

MABAS includes approximately 38,000 of Illinois’ 40,000 firefighters who staff emergency response units including more than 1,600 fire stations, 2,735 engine companies, 500 ladder trucks, 1,300 ambulances (many paramedic capable), 250 heavy rescue squads, and 1,000 water tenders. Fire/EMS reserve (back-up) units account for more than 1,000 additional emergency vehicles.

MABAS also offers specialized operations teams for hazardous materials (40 teams), underwater rescue/recovery (15 teams), technical rescue (39 teams) and a state sponsored urban search and rescue team. An additional element of resource are the certified fire investigators, Incident Management Team members and fleet support mechanics which can be "packaged" as mobile support teams providing assistance with larger scale incidents requiring complicated and time-consuming efforts beyond capabilities of most agencies.

MABAS is a unique organization in that every MABAS participant agency has signed the same contract with their 1,100 plus counterpart MABAS agencies. As a MABAS agency, you agree to: standards of operation, incident command, minimal equipment staffing, fireground safety and on-scene terminology. MABAS agencies, regardless of their geopolitical origin, are able to work together seamlessly on any emergency scene. All MABAS agencies operate on a common radio frequency (IFERN) and are activated for response through pre-designed "run" cards each participating agency designs and tailors to meet their local risk need. MABAS also provides mutual aid station coverage to a stricken community when their fire/EMS resources are committed to an incident for an extended period.


Collaborative Healthcare Urgency Group (CHUG) is a group of organizations that have developed a community-wide urgent action plan that represents a coordinated effort within the healthcare continuum of care and is integrated with community, state, and federal plans. The plan provides access to disaster planning, response and recovery and will enable our communities to move efficiently through various levels of healthcare during an emergency, disaster, or other urgent event.

The collaborative efforts began in 2001, as a response to the 9/11 tragedy, as an extension of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital's disaster plan. CHUG organizations include but are not limited to: hospitals, emergency services, public safety, extended healthcare facilities, assisted living and independent living facilities, home health and home care agencies, and transportation providers.

CHUG provides a safe, organized, and efficient process for evacuation, transportation and relocation of vulnerable population. CHUG also offers solutions for providing delivery of vaccines in the event of an infectious disease outbreak.


Emergency Operation Plan (EOP)

Emergency plans are created by local government to:

  • minimize injuries and save the maximum number of lives in the event of a major emergency or disaster
  • protect property
  • preserve functioning civil government
  • maintain and support economic activities essential for the survival and eventual recovery from the emergency or disaster, and
  • expeditiously return to normal operations.

All emergency and disaster situations have certain commonalties. The EOP focuses on developing a comprehensive emergency management system to deal with natural or technological situations and addresses each phase of emergency management, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. The EOP's basic document provides an overview of the entire operations plan and describes the responsibilities of each city department. Functional annexes are provided for each major governmental responsibility. This is the "nuts and bolts" section that provides the guidelines of who does what and when. Department heads and governmental decision-makers may need to make modifications during an actual emergency or disaster. The final portion of the plan provides situational annexes that outline a comprehensive response by each major governmental unit to each phase of specific disasters .

Questions regarding EOP should be directed to the Fire Department's Executive Officer Paul Lisowski.

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