The Hampshire Fire Department would like to remind everyone that Spring is here and that brings weather changes that we need to be mindful of. Tornados are an unfortunate force of nature that we need to deal with at certain times of the year. The schools practice safety from Tornados in the fall and again in the spring to prepare the students, “JUST IN CASE”.
The children are all very attentive and listen quite well to the instructions given out by school Principals and administrators and do very well in getting to a safe place in a quick and orderly fashion. Can the same be said for your family when you are home? Does your family know where to go…Do they know what to do or what they should bring with them in case of a possible Tornado?
Here are just a few important things to remember when serious weather arrives. Always stay in tune with the local weather station and listen for any immediate action plans and of course the sirens that warn of approaching tornados.
The village siren is tested the first Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. to be sure it is operating properly. Be sure you know what the siren sounds like so that you can move quickly to a place of safety. If your home has a basement, move to the most inner part of the basement away from windows, doors and walls on the outside.
If you do not have a basement, take shelter in the bath tub and pull a mattress over you to protect you from falling debris or go to the smallest inner room of your home, possibly a closet. If you are in a vehicle get to the nearest culvert or ditch and lie down and protect your head.
Always be prepared for whatever inclement weather may spring up and keep some essential items with you such as a flashlight, batteries and a first aid kit. Once the weather has subsided, be cautious as to where you can walk or crawl out of, in case there may be electrical lines down or other hazards. Be sure to keep your family together if possible, including your animals.
Don’t let your family become a statistic, prepare for whatever conditions may occur, whether it is a Tornado or a fire in your home. It is nearly time to change your clocks and change the batteries in your smoke detectors, but make it a family event and practice your safety drills in the event of a possible hazardous situation.
For more information regarding any safety matters, please feel free to contact the fire department at (847) 683-2629, we will be more than happy to assist you.
Insurance Services Office (I.S.O.)
The Hampshire Fire Protection District currently holds an (ISO) Insurance Service Office rating of 4 out of 10 which puts us in the top 11,000 FD out of 48,600. The rating is used by insurance companies and is factored into your homeowners insurance premium. The ISO rating entails an evaluation on fire department staffing, stations, apparatus/equipment, training, dispatch center, water supply, fire prevention and public education programs. We have a few rural areas that are rated at 10 due to being more than 5 miles from a fire station. Our ISO rating of 4 or 10 cannot be improved without a second fire station and additional staffing.
Fire Protection District
Be sure to order your 85th anniversary book!
Be sure to get your very own copy of our 85th Anniversary book! They sell for $40 with part of the proceeds going to the new firefighter memorial that will be built at Seyller Park. Stop by the fire station or ask any of our firefighters to get your copy.