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Cook County Participates in Law Enforcement Meeting at White House Today

Michael Masters, executive director of Cook County’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) joins 15 law enforcement leaders from 10 states for a meeting on immigration at the White House today.

In the midst of Police Week, Masters is meeting with officials from the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other administration officials.

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Director Masters Speaks At International Homeland Security Conference

Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) Executive Director Michael Masters was part of a delegation of U.S. officials participating in Israel’s third International Conference for Homeland Security (Israel HLS 2014) this week. The conference is drawing police chiefs and homeland security officials from around

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Warming Centers Open Across Cook County

As the mercury dips below freezing, the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) reminds residents to take appropriate precautions to protect themselves and their families. 

Residents should follow these tips during cold weather to keep themselves and their families safe:

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Cook County Board Approves Largest Hazard Mitigation Plan in U.S.

 
 

The Cook County Board approved the largest Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazards Mitigation Plan (HMP) ever completed in the United States at today’s county board meeting. Cook County’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) spearheaded the HMP planning process. 

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Cook County Honors Oak Park River Forest Wrestling Team

 
 

The Cook County Board and the county’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) honored a group of students and coaches from the Oak Park River Forest High School wrestling team during the county’s monthly board meeting today. More than two dozen students and coaches were on hand to represent the wrestling team while a resolution was read highlighting the students’ efforts to assist the town of Washington, Ill. after it was devastated by a tornado on Nov. 17, 2013. 

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Public Meetings Begin for Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan

 
 

The Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) invites residents to review and comment on the county’s draft Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) in a series of public meeting beginning tonight. 

Under the leadership of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, DHSEM has worked diligently with area municipalities and other partnering agencies to formulate the HMP to address severe weather events and other natural hazards. 

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Cook County Assists Municipalities with Flood and Disaster Preperation

One year ago, municipalities around Cook County were devastated by flooding. The Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) worked with area first responders and emergency managers to help communities respond to and recover from the effects of the floods. 

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Public Input Needed to Help Cook County Plan for Natural Hazards

 

Last weekend’s storms reminded Illinois residents the extent and kind of damage a weather event can cause. While Cook County escaped serious damage, it’s been impacted in the past by snowstorms, tornadoes and other natural incidents, including the damaging floods in April. 

That is why the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) is developing a comprehensive Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan to prepare for natural disasters and their impact.

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Director Masters Speaks at National Cybersecurity Event

The Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) participated in the first National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Cyber Crime Event in Chicago. 

The event, commemorating a decade of cybersecurity awareness, highlighted the increasing threat that cyber attacks pose for both the public and private sectors.

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County to Draft Plan to Prepare for Impacts of Natural Hazards

 

A coalition of Cook County cities, villages and agencies are creating a comprehensive hazard mitigation plan to prepare for natural disasters and their impact. The coalition was formed to pool resources and create a uniform hazard mitigation strategy. 

The plan is to reduce the county’s vulnerabilities to natural hazards, such as floods, snowstorms and tornadoes, to protect the health, safety, welfare and economies of communities in Cook County. 

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