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Cook County Participates in Multi-Faith Crisis Leadership Workshop

Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Executive Director Michael Masters joined leaders from around the country to participate in Multi-Faith Crisis Management Workshop in Boston today.

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Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Offers Safety Tips for High Winds

Today’s storms have the potential of producing high winds. Cook County’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) offers the following tips to keep your family and property safe:

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Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Offers Safety Tips for Flood Safety

With flash flood warnings in effect throughout the region, the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management asks drivers to keep the following flood facts and tips in mind:

·        Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.

·        A foot of water will float many vehicles.

·        Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pick-ups.

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Cook County Awards Local Municpalities and Nonprofits More than $1 Million

Cook County’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) announced today that it has awarded $1,207,350 to law enforcement agencies and nonprofit organizations from around Cook County through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG)

The JAG program provides states and local governments with critical funding for:

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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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