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The Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS) serves as Cook County’s mandated emergency management agency. The EMRS 2022-2026 Strategic Plan will guide the Department’s path forward over the next five years. The Strategic Plan incorporates lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic response, particularly regarding the importance of collaboration and building trusting relationships with both internal and external partners.

Emergencies and disasters are continuously evolving as environmental conditions change. Furthermore, the County’s most vulnerable residents continue to experience disproportionate impacts from disasters. EMRS must remain adaptive to the changing risk environment and ensure that equity is integrated across EMRS’ operations and guiding principles of Innovation, Integrity, Transparency, Accountability, Fiscal Responsibility and Collaboration.

Who We Serve

  • 135 municipalities
  • 30 townships
  • 5.3 million residents
  • Diverse populations and communities

What We Do

EMRS serves the 5.3 million residents of Cook County, including 135 local municipalities, and supports other County Government offices in emergency planning, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Vision

A prepared and resilient Cook County.

Stragetic Plan

To access the Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security's 2022-2026 Stragetic Plan, please see the attachment below.