Thursday, September 29, 2022

News Releases

Cook County Kicks Off National Preparedness Month

As National Preparedness Month kicks off, the Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security is sharing helpful tips and information on its Twitter (@CookCountyEMRS) and website ( throughout September to ensure residents remain safe before, during and after an emergency.

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Cook County Promotes Safety and Preparedness this Fourth of July

The Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS) is encouraging families to plan ahead to enjoy a safe Fourth of July holiday.

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Cook County Prepares for Season’s Highest Temperatures As Excessive Heat Warning Is Issued for Region

County’s Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security offers cooling tips and a list of cooling centers for residents

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Severe Weather Preparedness

The Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS) encourages residents to be prepared for severe weather. In Cook County, the most common severe weather hazards residents may experience include thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, wind, flooding, and power outages. Regardless of the weather emergency, it’s always a great idea to prepare ahead of time. In order to make you, your family, and home safer during weather emergencies or any disaster, have plans and supplies in place to ensure safety and aid in recovery.

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EMRS Hosting National Incident Management System Course (G0402)

The Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security is hosting a National Incident Management System (NIMS) Overview Course for senior officials. (G0402)

Please note: This course is not intended for the general public.

Goal: The purpose of this training is to familiarize senior officials with their role in supporting incident management within the National Incident Management system (NIMS).

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Cook County Reminds Residents to Make Pet Preparedness a Priority

The Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security as well as Animal and Rabies Control share tips to help residents keep pets safe during emergency situations

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Cook County Awards $60K to Continue Law Enforcement Narcan Program

Grant one of ten awards totaling more than $400,000 supporting law enforcement and nonprofits

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joined representatives from Loyola Medicine, local municipalities and elected officials today to announce $458,322 in funding to law enforcement agencies and nonprofit organizations around Cook County through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program administered by the County’s Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS).  

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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

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