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2016 Nonprofit Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Grant Program Application Period Now Open for Eligible Organizations

The Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) and the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) encourage nonprofit organizations that are at high risk for terrorist attacks to apply for UASI grant funding made available for security enhancements.

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Planning That Could Save Your Life: Winter Weather Survival Kit for Your Car

Even a short drive can turn into a dangerous one, especially during severe weather. The Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) advises residents to take extra precautions when driving during storms and to also keep an emergency kit in each of their vehicles in case they break down or get stuck during a storm.

A basic safety kit should include the following items:

Recommended items:

·         A shovel

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President Preckwinkle Appoints New Executive Director for County's Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

President Toni Preckwinkle announced today the appointment of Ernest Brown to the post of executive director of the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM). Brown brings more than three decades of public safety, community outreach and leadership experience, including roles as the Darien Police Chief and Deputy Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.

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Cook County to Receive Almost $26.5 Million for Anti-Terrorism Programs

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today that the County will receive close to $26.5 Million in federal grant funds to assist with security programs that combat terrorism. The funds are distributed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) and will be managed locally by the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM).

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Cook County and City of Chicago Launch "If You See Something, Say Something" Campaign

The City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) and the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) have teamed up with the U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to launch the “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign to alert local residents to the critical role they play in helping to keep the community safe.

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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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