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This and That: Be prepared for emergencies, get involved with 4th of July events

Community voice

Jenny Casale
Jenny Casale

Unfortunately, many lives have been lost to the recent tornado outbreak. And it could happen here!

As one person mentioned during a TV interview, “Take the warnings seriously and find your safe place.”

In a recent Carol Stream Village e-newsletter, it stated the village has six emergency warning sirens to notify the community of an emergency.

The sirens are activated for those outdoors to signal them to seek shelter indoors. Additionally, those indoors will know to find their safe place, too.

You may want to keep the following information handy for the family’s reference:

• The village’s dispatch agency, DU-COMM, activates the sirens, not the village.

• Any one of the three following situations will activate the sirens that emit a three- to five-minute blare for a tornado: A tornado has been reported within a 5-mile radius of our community, a trained weather spotter reports structural damage occurring from high winds or the National Weather Service reports that a community is in direct line of an oncoming tornado.

• It was noted that these sirens are never activated to signal an all-clear, and sirens are never reactivated for the same storm cell.

• Sirens are tested at 10 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month.

Seeking volunteers

Carol Stream’s Fourth of July Parade Committee “wants you!”

While the committee is finalizing preparations for this year’s event, Generations of Freedom: Carol Stream Past, Present, Future, they will gladly welcome volunteers to assist with a variety of duties on parade day and especially need volunteers to assist with lineup. Contact the committee at or 630-681-7562.

“I am very thankful for all the great people on the parade committee who volunteer their time and talents. Each person takes on different roles and responsibilities to produce a high-quality parade,” said Kim Gieser, committee chairwoman since 2004.

Another way to be a part of this exciting village tradition is by entering your group in the parade. Information and applications, which must be submitted no later than June 25, are available online at

The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. from Lies and County Farm roads and will end at the Town Center.

“The most gratifying thing about being on the parade committee is seeing the happy faces of all the kids and residents on parade day,” longtime committee member Carol Stream Trustee Rick Gieser said.

To contact Jenny Casale, email her at

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