Cook County Offers Residents Safety Tips During High Wind Warning

November 27, 2019

Cook County’s Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security offers tips to residents during today’s high wind warning.

  • Bring loose items – like patio furniture, potted plants and toys – indoors.
  • If items are too large to bring indoors, make sure to anchor them so that they do not pose a hazard to people or property.
  • Close and secure all doors and windows in your home or business. A strong wind can rip them from their hinges.
  • When you are outdoors, watch for flying debris. Tree limbs can break and street signs can come loose.
  • Take extra caution if you are in a high-profile vehicle like a truck or SUV. These types of vehicles are more likely to be pushed or even flip in high winds.
  • If you see a downed power line
    • Call 9-1-1 and your local utility company’s emergency line immediately.
    • Do not touch anything that the power line is coming into contact with, including tree branches and vehicles.
    • If a power line falls on your vehicle, stay inside your vehicle and do not touch any part of the metal frame.