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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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Cook County Launches New “AlertCook” Text System and Hotline Number to Provide Rapid COVID-19 Updates
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joined by officials from the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) and the Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS) announced the launch of a new emergency text alert system, hotline number and email address to keep the public informed with accurate information regarding COVID-19.
 
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President Preckwinkle Issues Cook County Proclamation for COVID-19 Response

Building on its coordinated and collaborative approach to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today signed a disaster proclamation, a proactive measure giving County officials another operational tool in its continuing response efforts.

The proclamation will enhance the County’s ability to access the resources, equipment and personnel needed to address ongoing and changing circumstances on the ground. This is particularly necessary should the number of COVID-19 cases rise and the demands on County staff and partners continue to increase.

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President Preckwinkle Issues Disaster Proclamation for January Storm
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle issued a County disaster proclamation this week in response to a January 10-11, 2020 winter storm that produced high winds and large waves causing significant lakefront damage. The state of Illinois and the city of Chicago have also issued disaster declarations.
 
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Cook County and City of Chicago Encourage At-Risk Nonprofits to Apply for Funding to Enhance Safety and Security
2020 Nonprofit Security Grant Program Application Period Now Open
Submission due to Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) by March 31st 5:00 p.m. (CST)
 
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Updated List of Cook County Warming Centers as Temperatures Plummet

Updated List of Cook County Warming Centers as Temperatures Plummet

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Cook County Urges Residents to Stay Safe During Winter Storm
Cook County Urges Residents to Stay Safe During Winter Storm
 
This weekend’s weather system has the potential to bring significant rainfall, ice, freezing rain, snow, flooding, high winds and high waves on the Lake Michigan shoreline.
 
Flooding is expected along the lakefront, and heavy precipitation may cause flooding of area rivers and waterways. Main stem river, tributary, and small stream flooding may occur, with flash flooding possible. Flooding is also possible on roads and in viaducts.
 
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Cook County Offers Residents Safety Tips During High Wind Warning

Cook County’s Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security offers tips to residents during today’s high wind warning.

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Cook County Warming Centers Open as Temperatures Drop

Cook County Warming Centers Open as Temperatures Drop

Temperatures could drop to record lows in the coming days. The Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS) reminds residents to take appropriate precautions to protect themselves and their families. 

Municipalities and townships across Cook County are opening warming centers for residents. Residents who do not have adequate heating in their homes are encouraged to visit a warming center to ensure they remain safe.

Berwyn (Library)

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President Preckwinkle Announces New Name for County Emergency Management Department

New name reflects mission and service to Cook County residents and region

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today that the County’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has been renamed to the Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS). Additionally, the department will also use the official Cook County seal instead as its logo moving forward. The County Board of Commissioners approved the name change during their proceedings this afternoon.

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