Outdoor Warning Sirens
The Village of Island Lake has a number of strategically placed Emergency Outdoor Warning Sirens located throughout the Village. The purpose of these sirens are to alert outdoor residents to seek shelter immediately. The sirens are NOT intended or designed to be heard indoors. When the sirens are activated, they sound for three (3) minutes. When you hear the siren, you should seek shelter immediately.
Do not call 9-1-1 when the sirens are activated unless you have a true emergency since doing so for information purposes may delay emergency services from answering other emergency calls that may occur. Island Lake does not issue an All-Clear alert of any kind so residents will need to monitor the local weather or NEWS channels for more information on the conditions and necessary actions for those in the storm’s path.  The sirens are tested on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am and should not be mistaken for an actual warning.

The Island Lake Emergency Management Agency is the local level of the other government emergency management agencies, which include Lake & McHenry county, the State if Illinois (IEMA) & the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Island Lake EMA is responsible for seeing that the village officials & departments are prepared to respond to disasters of any magnitude. In cooperation with all village departments & the Wauconda Fire Dept., EMA drafted an Emergency Operations Plan which details how the village would respond to a disaster.

The board room in the village hall has been designated and equipped as the Emergency Operations Center from which all response efforts would be coordinated.

EMA meets the 4th Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the village hall. Any resident may join EMA and/or is welcome to attend the meetings.


For more information on EMA membership or activities contact the Village Hall at 847-526-8764 ext. 7884 and leave a message.

Be Prepared

The Island Lake EMA urges you to visit www.ready.gov – this web site has the information a household needs to make certain the family is prepared for all types of emergencies and disasters.

Island Lake Emergency Management personnel are available to speak to your group or organization about disaster preparedness. Call 847-526-8764 ext 7884 and leave a message to arrange for a speaker.