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The Village of Oak Lawn sent a letter to residents this week informing them of a police training drill scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 25th between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Oak Lawn High School. The drill described in the letter as a "full scale exercise" is being described by Oak Lawn Patch as an "active shooter" drill. (read Patch in-depth story)
Burbank residents registered for the Emergency Alert Program may have received the following alert via email or text message Friday morning:
THE OAK LAWN POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL BE CONDUCTING A FULL SCALE EXERCISE AT THE OAK LAWN COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL ON SUNDY AUGUST 25TH FROM 8AM UNTIL 2PM. A LARGE NUMBER OF POLICE,FIRE AND OTHER EMERGENCY VEHICLES AND PERSONNEL WILL BE WORKING IN THE AREA OF THE HIGH SCHOOL AND CHRIST HOSPITAL. ACCESS TO AUSTIN FROM 95TH TO 93RD WILL BE RESTRICTED. THIS IS A PLANNED EXERCISE AND NOT AN ACTUAL EMERGENCY. RESIDENTS SHOULD NOT BE ALARMED AND CAN READ ABOUT THIS EXERCISE ON THE VILLAGE WEB SITE. AGAIN THIS IS A PLANNED EXERCISE AND NOT AN ACTUAL EMERGENCY.
The Oak Lawn letter cautions, "You may see large numbers of emergency vehicles and equipment such as ambulances, fire trucks, and squad cars in the vicinity of the high school and in transit to Advocate Christ Hospital. Please do not be alarmed, this is only a drill. You may see flashing lights from the emergency vehicles, but we will not be turning on sirens in an effort to keep noise disturbance low."
Burbank residents should be aware that traffic may be impacted and may want to avoid 95th Street between Oak Lawn High School and Advocate Christ Medical Center during the drill. Austin Avenue will be closed between 93rd and 95th Streets.