Emergency Planning Starts with You!
Flooding is a serious concern for Plainfield Township residents, but there are things you can do to minimize damage to your property. First, you can monitor the DuPage River Gauge directly by clicking here. This will let you know when the River is nearing flood stage. Keep an eye on local weather reports as well.
You should also look into Flood Insurance, as flood damage is not typically covered by the average homeowner’s policy. An inventory of your possessions is also recommended. Store sensitive documents in a safe deposit box, or in a secured waterproof container.
Prepare your home by making sure your sump pump is working. A battery-operated backup is recommended in case of a power failure. If possible, you should also elevate electrical components, furnaces, water heaters, washers, and dryers at least 12 inches above the projected flood elevation. Clear gutters of debris, and shovel snow away from drains in winter. You may need to seek a professional for some of these tasks.
Make sure you and your family have an emergency plan, and create safety kits with drinking water, canned food, first aid kits, blankets, a radio, and flash lights. You may want to consider taking a CPR and/or First Aid class with the Plainfield Fire Department, you can view their schedule and register online here.
For additional information on emergency preparedness, visit the following websites for some valuable resources:
Severe Weather Preparedness
Turn Around Don’t Drown
Flooded roadways are very dangerous. On average about 50 people drown every year from trying to drive through flooded roads. Water reduces friction causing motorist to lose control. Even heavy vehicles can be lifted off the road and washed away. See Turn Around Don’t Drown brochure from the NOAA for more information.
Here are a few links to the National Weather Service with a view of DuPage River statistics.
Flood Financial Assistance
Plainfield Township residents requesting FEMA funds or assistance should contact their county EMA office) and then contact IEMA. For operational needs, residents can contact their local EMA office.
Will County EMA
302 North Chicago Street
Joliet, IL 60432