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National Security Grant Applications Open Through April 21

Nonprofit organizations that are at a high risk of terrorist attacks based upon their ideology or beliefs in Chicago and suburban Cook County are eligible to apply for national security grants through a competitive grant program recently announced by the Grants Program Directorate/Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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New Federal Vaccination Site at United Center Opening March 10

The Biden Administration, Governor JB Pritzker, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth today announced eligible Illinoisans from every part of the state will be able to be vaccinated starting March 10 at a new United Center site that prioritizes access for seniors and equity for the hardest hit populations.

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Cook County Warming Centers Open as Cold Front Enters Region

Subzero lows expected throughout the week

Bitterly cold temperatures are expected to enter the region late this afternoon and last through much of next week. The Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS) reminds residents to take appropriate precautions to protect themselves and their families. 

For a full list of warming centers, hours of operation and other info, please visit cookcountyil.gov/service/warming-centers

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Cook County Distributing 500,000 Masks to Fight the Spread of COVID-19

County partners with local organizations to distribute masks in 18 at-risk communities and expands #MaskUp campaign

As coronavirus case counts and deaths continue to rise, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle along with Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security Executive Director William Barnes announced today the procurement of half a million cloth masks for distribution to the County’s most vulnerable residents.

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle unveils County’s COVID-19 Response Plan for equitable recovery
Today, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle unveiled the Cook County COVID-19 Response Plan: From Rapid Response to Equitable Recovery. The plan, announced during President Preckwinkle’s virtual City Club speech, documents Cook County’s initial response to the crisis and outlines priorities for the next several months. In a continuation of the County’s commitment to advancing racial equity, the plan is focused on addressing inequities that have been exacerbated during the pandemic.
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Cook County Announces COVID-19 Respite Housing for Healthcare Workers, First Responders and Correctional Officers
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, joined by the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS)  and area first responders today announced the availability of respite housing for suburban Cook County healthcare professionals, first responders and correctional officers.
 
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Cook County Unveils COVID-19 Alternative Housing Program for Recovering Patients, Health Care Professionals and First Responders
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, joined by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) and Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS) today announced a multi-phased, COVID-19 alternative housing plan designed to support suburban Cook County residents, health care professionals and first responders.
 
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Cook County Distributes Thousands of Personal Protective Equipment to South Suburban First Responders
Today, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was joined by Cook County’s Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS)
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President Preckwinkle Announces Cook County COVID-19 Donation Initiative
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today a new donation program to accept unused personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders and medical staff.
 
The program will be overseen by the County’s Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS). Logistics for the initiative will be managed by the County’s Department of Transportation and Highways (DoTH). Donated equipment will be distributed to municipalities, first responders and healthcare workers based on priority and need.
 
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President Preckwinkle Announces Executive Order Removing Obstacles to Donating, Distributing COVID-19 Supplies
Cutting red tape to get vital resources to communities being impacted by COVID-19, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today issued an executive order accelerating the County’s ability to accept supplies, equipment and other donations from private partners, corporations and individuals.
 
The move by President Preckwinkle aims to get critical materials to vulnerable communities in need of emergency assistance by allowing the Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS) to more rapidly accept and distribute donations.
 
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