Cook County Hazard Mitigation Plan Mission:
Identify risks and sustainable cost-effective actions to mitigate the impact of natural hazards in order to protect the life, health, safety, welfare, and economy of the communities of Cook County.
On September 26, 2019, the Cook County Board approved the update to the largest Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazards Mitigation Plan (HMP) ever completed in the United States. Cook County’s Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (DEMRS) spearheaded the planning process for the 2019 HMP update.
The 2019 Cook County Multi-Juridictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, which received approval from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), means Cook County is eligible to receive funds through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). A total of 122 planning partners were involved in the effort, including 121 of Cook County’s 135 municipalities.
Under the leadership of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, the DEMRS worked diligently with area municipalities and other partnering agencies to update the 2014 HMP to continue to address natural hazards that the county frequently faces, like flooding, extreme cold temperatures, snow and heavy storms, which endanger lives and damage and destroy property.
The DEMRS coordinated with the HMP Steering Committee made up of leaders in both the public and private sectors in Cook County to help lead the planning process. (To see a list of Steering Committee members (click here or view meeting minutes, please click here.)
During the HMP process, jurisdictions throughout Cook County identified mitigation projects they would like to undertake in order to minimize the impact of natural hazards. Participating communities, upon adoption of the plan by their governing bodies will now be able to apply for Federal Mitigation Grant funds to help finance those projects that reduce the county’s vulnerability to natural hazards while protecting the health, safety, welfare and economy of communities by identifying cost-effective strategies to reduce their impact.
To view the completed 2019 Cook County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, please click here.
To view the 2019 Countywide Mitigation Actions, please click here.
2019 Juristictional Annexes:
Cook County - unincorp
Country Club Hills
East Hazel Crest
Elk Grove Village
Indian Head Park
La Grange Park
South Chicago Heights