Severe Weather Information
Severe weather can impact citizens and the community at any time. Dangerous weather, such as thunderstorms, strong winds, tornados, hail, flooding, and winter storms can all create hazardous conditions for residents. Prepare and plan ahead before severe weather strikes to keep your family and property safe. The Police Department recommends familiarizing yourself with information about potential severe weather that can be common in the area and how to prepare and be alerted to potential danger.
Palos Heights has 4 mechanical outdoor weather warning sirens located throughout town that can be activated to warn people of tornadoes. The sirens are intended for outdoor warnings and many things can impact someone's ability to hear the sirens in an actual emergency. The sirens should NOT be relied upon as your only means of warning. We recommend exploring other options for warning systems, such as NOAA weather radios, and/or activating notifications and apps on your cell phone or electronic devices. The more warning systems you have in place, the more likely you'll be safely alerted to incoming weather hazards.
Palos Heights also offers a reverse 911 service called CodeRED that will send emergency messages to your registered phone. Please click here to learn more about CodeRED and how to register your phone number to receive alerts.
Severe weather incidents can also have immediate and after effects that can impact citizens in the aftermath. We encourage citizens to plan ahead and prepare a place to keep drinking water, food, supplies, etc. in case of a prolonged emergency situation. Remember to set aside supplies for any pets that might also be in the home.
For more information on Severe Weather, Warning Systems, and Preparedness, check out the following websites from the National Weather Service and Ready.gov.
National Weather Service Weather Safety Links
National Weather Service Safety Tips
National Weather Service Warning Systems