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From the Chief

Notice From The Chief of Police

Post Date:09/11/2018

 

When/What:

On Sunday, September 23rd, the Oak Lawn Police and Fire Departments in conjunction with neighboring agencies will be conducting a Full-Scale Exercise

Where:

At the Oak Lawn Metra Station and Advocate Christ Medical Center. The exercise will begin at 6:00 AM and is scheduled to end at 2:00 PM. By having the exercise on a Sunday, we can conduct this important drill without interfering with weekly commuter trains.

Closures:

Beginning Saturday (22 September) at 12 PM, the Metra Parking Garage will be closed and will remain closed until 2 PM on Sunday (23 September). 

On Sunday (23 September) during the hours of 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM   52nd Avenue, 51st Avenue, Tulley Avenue, and Museum Drive between 95th Street and 96th Street will be closed. The Metra Commuter lot north of 95th St. will also be closed to the Public. See map below.

Residents who live on 51st Street south of 95th Street will still be able to get to and from their homes. Because of traffic, due to large vehicles used during the drill, we encourage you to park in your driveway, instead of on the street.

Expect:

You will see a large number of emergency vehicles and equipment such as ambulances, fire trucks, and squad cars in the vicinity of the Oak Lawn Metra Station and Advocate Christ Hospital.  You will see flashing lights from the emergency vehicles, but we will not be turning on sirens to keep the noise disturbance to a minimum.

From 10 – 10:15 AM you will see and hear a simulated explosion and gunfire, as well as role players with simulated injuries. Please do not be alarmed; this is only a drill.

Why:

This Full-Scale Exercise is part of the commitment that the Village of Oak Lawn has to the safety and security of our community. By training and preparing for emergency situations, we can have a more timely and efficient response, and minimize the loss of life or injuries.

We apologize for any inconvenience you may experience as a result of this drill, and we thank you for your understanding and continued support to keep our community safe.

Questions or concerns may be addressed with Cmdr. Arthur Clark, Coordinator of the Oak Lawn Emergency Management Agency at:

(708) 636-5141 or aclark@oaklawn-il.gov        

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