St. Charles generally has not experienced widespread damage due to flooding. However there are local flood hazard areas throughout Kane County. Flooding from the Fox River, Ferson Creek, State Street Creek, 7th Avenue Creek, and Norton Creek usually can be forecast in advance. But flash flooding along these rivers and numerous tributaries to these waterways may occur suddenly and unexpectedly.
Severe weather warnings have been coming in all day and assistance is needed for weather spotters who head out to track the storm. Help is needed with traffic and crowd control during a festival or parade. It’s the middle of the night, your radio tones go off, and there is a request to provide food and water for firefighters as they work around the clock to put out a fire. The county calls for assistance with a search and rescue effort. Does this sound interesting to you?
School is back in session and student safety is always at the forefront of back-to-school preparations. Coordinated student safety plans developed collaboratively by the St. Charles Police Department, St. Charles Fire Department and St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 officials are in place to keep students safe when they are in school.
Staying Healthy and Safe After a Disaster
Recovery from the trauma of a disaster continues days or months after the event as you and your family face the emotional and psychological effects of the event. Reactions vary from person to person and may include restless sleep, nightmares, anger, fear, wanting revenge, lack of emotion, needing to keep active, loss of appetite, weight loss or gain, headaches, and mood swings.