Be Prepared for Severe Weather
There are a number of severe weather hazards that may affect Riverside, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, lightning, floods and flash floods, damaging winds and large hail. Severe weather hazards have the potential to cause extensive property damage, injury and/or death. Severe weather may occur anytime, but severe weather is more prevalent in the spring and summer months. It is important to be prepared for these severe weather threats.
You should know some terms used to describe weather threats:
Severe Thunderstorm Watch - Severe thunderstorms are possible. Be prepared to take shelter.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Severe thunderstorms are occurring. Take shelter. Turn on a battery-operated radio to receive warnings and severe weather statements.
Tornado Watch - Tornadoes are possible. Watch the sky and listen to the radio or television for more information. Be prepared to take shelter. If you see any rotating funnel-shaped clouds, report them immediately by calling 9-1-1.
Tornado Warning - A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately. Turn on a battery-operated radio or television and wait for updated information for your area.
Flood Watch - Flooding or flash flooding is possible. Listen to radio or television for additional information.
Flood Warning - Flooding is occurring or will occur soon. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
Flash Flood Warning - A flash flood is occurring or is imminent. Move to higher ground immediately. Flash floods develop MUCH quicker than river floods.
Flood Statement - Minor flooding of creeks and streams, streets, low-lying areas or basement flooding is occurring or is imminent.
The Village of Riverside operates a tornado siren located near the Historic Water Tower. In the event a tornado has been sighted that threatens the Village of Riverside, the siren will be activated. Once the siren activates, take cover immediately. An “All –Clear” signal is not sounded, but if another event threatens, the siren will be re-sounded. The siren is tested on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00AM.
Assessing After Severe Weather
After a severe storm or tornado strikes, the Riverside Fire, Police and Public Works Departments will assess the damage as quickly as possible. Roads that are blocked will be cleared as necessary by the Public Works and Fire Departments. Other hazards will be evaluated and the Village will take actions to protect Riverside residents.
Please stay clear of hazards, particularly downed power lines. If you find wires down on the ground, call 911 and keep everyone away. If your power is out, call ComEd at 1-800-EDISON1. If you can call from the address where the power is out, that will help. Please do not call 911 to report a power outage. Unfortunately, the Village is unable to report individual outages and often does not have significant information concerning the predicted duration of the outage.
Flooding has occurred regularly in the area of the Des Plaines River. The Village monitors the river levels and works to advise residents in the potential flood area when conditions warrant. If you are in an area that typically floods, watch the Village Website and Network 6 for information, including parking restrictions and designated remote parking.
For more information about severe weather or disaster preparedness, call the Riverside Fire Department at 708-447-2123 or check out the National Weather Service's Tornado Safety Tips, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Website or the FEMA website. National Weather Service's Tornado Safety Tips