Tuesday, January 19, 2021

News Releases

Residents Invited to Participate in Survey/Meetings for Update to Hazard Mitigation Plan

This week’s storms along with severe weather forecasted in the coming days is a reminder to area residents of the kind of damage a weather event can cause. A number of natural hazards like flooding, snowstorms and even tornadoes impact Cook County.

That is why the County’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) is updating the Cook County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) to prepare for natural disasters and their impacts. And they want residents’ input.

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Cook County, Chicago Encourage At-Risk Nonprofits to Apply for Funding to Enhance Safety and Security

The City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) and Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) encourage nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attacks in Chicago and Cook County to apply for security enhancement/target hardening funding through the competitive Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), which is offered by the Grants Program Directorate/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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Cook County Reminds Residents 'If You See Something, Say Something'

The terror attacks on mosques in New Zealand serve as a reminder to residents here to remain alert and vigilant, according to the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM). The department stresses the importance of the “If You See Something, Say Something”™ anti-terrorism campaign, urging residents to call 9-1-1 or notify on-site security for any immediate threats to life or property. Residents are asked to report any non-emergency suspicious activity by calling 855-RPRT-2-S4, the official local number of the campaign.

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Warming Centers Around Cook County Open as Temps Drop

Cook County is bracing for season’s coldest temperatures. Municipalities around the County have opened warming centers for area residents to safely cope with the winter weather:


Hours of Operation


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Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

Cook County (FY) FY 2017-H2241-IL-DJ   Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)
Application Due: February 28, 2019

Funding Opportunity Announcement

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DHSEM Hosts Preparedness Fair at Daley Plaza

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 its fourth annual preparedness fair at Daley Plaza.

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Join us at Daley Plaza on September 18!
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Cook County Offers Heat Safety Tips and Cooling Center Information

Dangerous heat is expected today throughout Cook County. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures could reach the mid-90s and heat index could climb as high as 109 degrees in parts of Cook County. The County’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management offers the following tips to help keep you safe.

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Cook County Reinforces Flood Tips as Storms Soak Region

Heavy rains could lead to flooding. The Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management urges residents to keep the following road facts and tips in mind.

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Cook County Policy Roadmap - Community Survey

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is creating and implementing a Policy Roadmap—a comprehensive policy driven strategic plan for the Offices Under the President (OUP). We would like to hear from you as partners, residents and members of the community.

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