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Steger Emergency Management

Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM)

3035 Lewis Avenue, Steger, IL 60475

(708) 709-0110


Chief: Tom Johnston

Deputy Chief: Jordan Lane

2014 Winter Preparedness


We prepare for:

-Natural Events Tornados, Floods, Earthquakes, Winter Storms / Blizzards) 
-Biological Events(Asian Flu, Anthrax and other Bio Chemical Hazards)
-​Man Made Events (Bombing, Plane Crash, Riot)
​-Chemical Events (Train Crash with Chemical Leak) 

Red Cross Tornado App

Disaster Assistance for April 2013 Flooding

Steger EMA is a member of "SMART" (Suburban Mutual Assistance Response Team), a 33 member suburban EMA association in Cook and Will counties.

HSEM Training & Membership

Sundays @ 6 PM

Volunteers must be 18 years of age, be an Illinois Resident, have a valid driver's license, and have no criminal record.

HSEM Volunteers are trained in:

  • ASP Baton
  • CPR
  • Defensive Tactics - Takedowns
  • Dispatch Training
  • Emergency
  • Emergency Shelter Management
  • Ground Search and Rescue
  • Handcuffing
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Lighting
  • Pepper Spray Training
  • Radiological Incidents
  • Search & Rescue
  • Urban Search and Rescue
  • First Responder
  • Traffic Control
  • ​Weather spotting

Emergency Preparedness Kit Recommendation

A disaster of any kind may interfere with normal supplies of food, water, heat and normal day-to-day necessities. It is important to keep a stock of emergency supplies on hand sufficient to meet your needs for a seventy-two hours (three days). 

An Emergency Supply Kit should include the following:

  • A Battery Powered Radio and a Flashlight, with extra batteries
  • Bottled drinking water- one gallon per day per person with at least a three-day supply for each person in your household.
  • As much drinkable Liquid (fruit and vegetable juices, soft drinks, etc.) as can be carried
  • Canned or sealed packaged Foods that do not require refrigeration or cooking
  • Writing materials to take notes from television or radio broadcasts
  • A Blanket or Sleeping bag for each member of the family
  • An extra set of Car Keys and a Credit Card, Cash or Traveler’s Check
  • Paper Towels and Toilet Paper•Pocket knife, Cell phone, Fire Extinguisher
  • A list of family Physicians
  • First-aid Kit and First-Aid Manual
  • Signal Flare and Whistle•Soap and Towels
  • A Can Opener, Hammer, Pliers and Wrench
  • Household laundry Bleach
  • One change of clothing and footwear per person
  • Precut and uncut plastic bags (large and small)
  • Filtering masks or respirators with a rating of at least N95
  • Any special prescription medicines or foods needed by family members such as insulin, heart medication, dietetic food and baby food (Do not store in the kit for longs periods of time but at the last minute)
  • You can store additional water by filling bathtubs and sinks with water if an emergency is declared. Clean water is also available in toilet tanks, presuming chemicals and other cleaning agents are not used in the water tank.

NIMS - NIMS is a system mandated by Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 5 that provides a consistent nationwide approach for federal, state, local and tribal governments; the private-sector and nongovernmental organizations to work effectively and efficiently together to prepare for, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size or complexity. 

CERT -Community Emergency Response Team involves disaster preparedness, fire suppression, team organization, terrorism organization, terrorism module, light urban search and rescue, medical principles and treatment and disaster psychology.