Town of Chesterfield Coronovirus Guidelines 4/1/2020 Update

The Chesterfield Town Council guidelines concerning town government operations during the coronavirus outbreak.  

Safety measures being enacted are to protect our community from a potential illness from the coronavirus. For your personal safety please follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC and the Governor’s Office of our state.

For the immediate future of the Town of Chesterfield, we are making the following temporary changes

  1. When paying your water bill, please use one of the three processes: Pay online (www.chesterfield.in.gov/utilities), mail it, or use the drop box located on the outside of the building.
  2. All Millcreek Community Programs are closed until further notice. This includes room rentals. They will be re-evaluated for opening based on the situation at that time and in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and State of Indiana.
  3. During this time of possible unforeseen financial burden, water service will not be disconnected for non-payment. This is not a waiver or forgiveness of bills and therefore bills should continue to be paid in a timely manner by those who are able to pay.
  4. The parks may be used but be mindful that it is better to use open play areas and recommended avoiding contact with playground equipment.
  5. Public safety personnel will continue to work to serve our community and respond to emergency situations. Additional safety measures have been added for both first responder’s protection and for the public.

Continue to dial 911 for emergencies.

  • Police may be contacted directly at the town hall and there is a window located inside of the entrance hall along with a phone that can be used to dial the police on duty. The non-emergency number is 378-3354.
  • We will keep our citizens up to date with information by utilizing the following: Notices on the town hall door, the Chesterfield Weekly newspaper, Millcreek Facebook and the Chesterfield Web Page (www.chesterfield.in.gov). Our citizens can also call the town hall at 378-3331.

Inclement Weather Alert Policy

Activation of Emergency Sirens

Chesterfield emergency weather alert system is a partnership with the City of Anderson system in order to provide a much broader alert area.

Since 2016 the alert system is not only activated for tornado warnings, but also for the threat of severe storms. The following is the criteria for activation:

  1. Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued by the National Weather Service (NWS)  or Madison County Emergency Management Agency (MCEMA) for the affected area when the storm is unusually severe due to very high winds, hail 1 inch or greater, or other extreme situations.
  • Tornado Warning issued by the NWS or MCEMA for the affected area.    
  • When a wall cloud or microburst(s) is/are observed or reported (by NWS, MCEMA or weather observers) in the storm and the City of Anderson or surrounding communities are in the path of the storm.
  • Immediate evacuation or notification of emergency is required due to hazardous material release, major levee breach or other disaster.

If the sirens are sounding, go inside, take shelter and if possible turn on a weather radio, radio or TV to find out why the sirens have been activated. DO NOT call 911 for more information. Only use 911 for emergencies.

HOW SHOULD I TAKE COVER?

To “take cover” means to go inside immediately. The sirens sound when it is not safe to be outside. Make sure that everyone in your family knows the safest place to be in your home during an emergency. During a severe weather emergency, a basement or another underground shelter is the safest place to be. If you do not have a basement, stay on the first floor and put as many walls between yourself and the outdoors as possible. Close all doors and stay away from exterior windows and doors. Monitor the radio or television if possible.

 No matter where you are sheltering, always try to shelter under a heavy piece of furniture. If you live in a mobile home, it is extremely important to identify the closest safe place to take cover and shelter before an event. If your mobile home park does not have a storm shelter, consider speaking with the owner or manager about building or creating one. During severe weather, mobile homes are never a safe place to shelter, even if they are anchored to a foundation.

Remember, outdoor warning sirens are just that, outdoor warning. The sirens are meant to be heard outside to signal you to go indoors

Residents are urged to purchase a tone-alert, AC-DC Weather Radio – a radio that is designed to receive broadcasts from the local National Weather Service office. This is the best source of “Indoor Warning” you can have. Once you get a weather radio, you can program it to alert you of any watches or warnings in your area.

Another option is to download an emergency alert application to weather enabled devices such as your cell phone, if not already installed.

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) can save your life. Here’s how it works. When the National Weather Service issues an urgent alert for your location—say, a tornado warning—the system looks to see which cell phone towers are included in the warning. All cell phone towers within the warning send out an instant emergency alert to WEA-enabled devices. The alert plays the classic emergency alert tone and pushes a notification to your screen that doesn’t go away until you acknowledge the alert.