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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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Disaster Assistance Available for Residents Affected by June 2019 Flooding

Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Steger opens today

Residents in the Village of Steger and surrounding communities affected by severe storms and flooding in June 2019 can now apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA is opening a Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Steger today to assist area residents in applying for loans in person. The center will remain operational until Oct. 17.

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Cook County Board Approves Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

Plan ensures County remains eligible for mitigation grant funds

The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved the County’s Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) update this week. Under the leadership of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, the County’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) spearheaded the revision to the 2014 plan which remains the largest of its kind in the United States.

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Cook County to Host Preparedness Fair at Daley Plaza

Cook County to Host Preparedness Fair at Daley Plaza

WHAT:             The Cook County’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) is partnering with government agencies, nonprofits and private sector organizations to ensure residents have the information they need to stay safe in an emergency – whether human-caused or natural. As part of National Preparedness Month, DHSEM is hosting a preparedness fair at Daley Plaza.

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