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Stay up-to-date when adverse weather affects the events that are important to you through the Rainout Line.
Click here to view our Rainout Line webpage.

You can choose to:

  • Sign up for text or email alerts
  • Download the app to your smartphone
  • Call the hotline number for a recorded update

To sign up and learn more, see the details below!

Email and Text Alerts

Subscribe to email and/or text alerts by clicking on the link: Rainout Line Text & Email Alerts

Manage your text and/or email subscriptions by selecting the activity/facility categories and establishing the length of time you want to receive notifications. You will automatically receive a text or email notification when there has been a change to those events/programs/facilities/camps.

Download the App

Download the FREE Rainout Line App on your iPhone or Android.

  1. Once you have downloaded the app, search for Northbrook Park District. Click the star to the right of our name to make this your favorite. Favorites always show up first when you access the app in the future.
  2. Tap on our name and on the next screen, click the stars next to the events/programs/facilities/camps you want to follow first by making them favorites.
  3. The green circle means a program is “a go” as planned. The red stop sign means the program is canceled or there has been a change. You can click on the item to see more detail.

Click here to download the Rainout Line App for an iPhone.
Click here to download the Rainout Line App for android phone.

Hotline Phone Number

You can call the Northbrook Park District Rainout Line at 847-281-3370 and select the extension number for automated updates. Listen carefully as the computer automated voice can be difficult to distinguish at times.

Baseball/Softball Field Update Procedures:

  • Fields are checked on a daily basis for playability. Field status for each day will be updated by 4pm.
  • Once a decision has been made, the decision will not be reversed regardless of any change in weather conditions.
  • The District only provides an update regarding field conditions to outside groups and doesn’t determine how, when and where games are rescheduled. Check with your league administrator regarding any schedule changes.
  • League administrations, coaches, parents and outside groups should use their best judgment if inclement weather arises after field status has been updated to avoid additional charges/fees.

Soccer Field Update Procedures:

  • Soccer fields are checked on a daily basis for playability. Field status for weekdays (Monday-Friday) will be updated by 3pm. Field status for weekends will be updated by 8am for morning soccer programs and 11am for afternoon soccer programs.
  • Once a decision has been made, the decision will not be reversed regardless of any change in weather conditions.
  • The District will provide updates regarding field conditions, and where games are rescheduled for Northbrook Park District soccer programs only.
  • The District only provides an update regarding field conditions to outside groups and doesn’t determine how, when and where games are rescheduled. Check with your league administrator regarding any schedule changes.
  • League administrations, coaches, parents and outside groups should use their best judgment if inclement weather arises if after field status has been updated to avoid additional charges/fees.

Lightning Warning Systems

The Northbrook Park District strives to provide a safe environment for participation in all activities.

The Northbrook Park District has two lightning warning systems. One is located at Sportsman’s Country Club with ancillary units at West Park and Wood Oaks Green Park.

The other unit is located at Techny Prairie Park and Fields with ancillary unites at the Chalet in Meadowhill Park and Village Green Park.

Location of the Units

  • Techny Prairie Park and Fields: Strobe light located on top of the Techny Prairie Center building next to the lake
  • Village Green Park: Strobe light located on top of the Village Green Center
  • Meadowhill Park: Strobe light located on top of the Chalet next to the Ed Rudolph Velodrome
  • Sportsman’s Country Club: strobe light located on the golf maintenance building, on the pump house near 17th hole, #5 green/#11 tee on the 18-hole course, and the #4 tee on the east-9 course
  • West Park: Strobe light located on the Northbrook Sports Center roof (Northeast corner)
  • Wood Oaks Green Park: strobe light located on the south side of the tennis building in the middle of the park

Strike Guard monitors cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning. The lightning warning system will activate when there is an immediate lightning threat in the area. When this occurs you must seek shelter immediately. The unit will deactivate when the immediate threat has passed. After the threat has passed and the siren and strobe are no longer seen or heard you may resume outdoor activities.

Activation (an immediate lightning threat is present)

  • One uninterrupted (15-second) siren will sound and a strobe will flash.

Deactivation (the system has determined conditions are safe)

  • Three 5-second blasts will sound and the strobe will go off.

Testing

  • Testing takes place on Tuesdays at 9:30am for the lightning systems. Be sure not to confuse testing with an actual alarm! Testing will not take place if there is threatening weather.

Be vigilant in monitoring threatening weather and always err on the side of caution. Seek shelter immediately if:

  • You hear one long siren.
  • You hear thunder (regardless of siren).
  • You see lightning (regardless of siren).

In cases of a severe weather emergency where there are no shelter/structures available, be sure you:

  • Don’t stand under a natural lightning rod (i.e., tree).
  • Don’t touch pooled water; stop all water activities.
  • Temporary Shelters or tents should not be used as a storm shelter.
  • Stay away from metal objects like fences and golf clubs.
  • Avoid using the telephone except in emergencies.
  • In open fields, seek low areas. If you feel or see hair stand on end, squat down and stand only on the balls of your feet, grab your knees and bend forward. Do not lie flat on the ground.

30/30 Lightning Safety Rule

  • Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
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