About FHN's Emergency Preparedness Team

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The FHN emergency preparedness team works regularly with such agencies as the Freeport Fire Department; Freeport Police Department; Stephenson County Health Department; Stephenson County Sherriff's Department; Stephenson County Emergency Management Agency; Stephenson County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC); area fire and ambulance services; and the Illinois Department of Public Health. For example, one of our collaborations is a Premise Alert Program, which gathers important information from residents with special needs, to share with first responders who may be called to assist in case of emergency.

Premise Alert Program enrollment form

FHN also prepares and shares emergency preparedness information with all members of Illinois Emergency Medical Services Region Planning Area 1, which is made up of 17 area hospitals, spanning most of northwest Illinois. Part of this collaboration of agencies is being able to share resources from these area hospitals and organizations in the event of a disaster.

Another part of being prepared is regularly exercising FHN’s Emergency Operations Plan by simulating various emergencies that are most likely to occur both internally and externally.

Some preparedness efforts include training staff for various situations such as a massive influx of patients, isolation of a single patient with a highly infectious disease, chemical decontamination, radiological decontamination, and facility evacuation. FHN has on-site equipment to decontaminate and treat up to 50 ambulatory patients per hour. The equipment includes items such as chemical protection respirators, personal protective suits and portable showers designed for decontamination.

Equipment is also on-site to convert some meeting rooms into ward-style treatment areas, which would increase hospital bed capacity by 20 percent. FHN also has equipment to set up temporary treatment centers or temporary care centers off-site in the event the hospital structure is damaged or the increase in patients requires additional facilities be converted to accommodate patient care.

For more information on FHN's emergency management program, contact FHN Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Doug Toepfer at 815-599-6973 or dtoepfer@fhn.org.

Emergency Management Contacts and Information for Community or County-Wide Emergencies


2014 Severe Weather Preparedness Guide


FEMA website on family and community preparedness


State of Illinois Website on family preparedness


American Red Cross Family Preparedness


American Red Cross Emergency Contact Card


Stephenson County Emergency Managemen


Ogle County Emergency Management


Stephenson County Health Department


Northwest Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross