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Cook County Reminds Residents to Make Pet Preparedness a Priority

The Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security as well as Animal and Rabies Control share tips to help residents keep pets safe during emergency situations

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Cook County Awards $60K to Continue Law Enforcement Narcan Program

Grant one of ten awards totaling more than $400,000 supporting law enforcement and nonprofits

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joined representatives from Loyola Medicine, local municipalities and elected officials today to announce $458,322 in funding to law enforcement agencies and nonprofit organizations around Cook County through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program administered by the County’s Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS).  

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National Security Grant Applications Open Through April 21

Nonprofit organizations that are at a high risk of terrorist attacks based upon their ideology or beliefs in Chicago and suburban Cook County are eligible to apply for national security grants through a competitive grant program recently announced by the Grants Program Directorate/Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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New Federal Vaccination Site at United Center Opening March 10

The Biden Administration, Governor JB Pritzker, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth today announced eligible Illinoisans from every part of the state will be able to be vaccinated starting March 10 at a new United Center site that prioritizes access for seniors and equity for the hardest hit populations.

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Cook County Warming Centers Open as Cold Front Enters Region

Subzero lows expected throughout the week

Bitterly cold temperatures are expected to enter the region late this afternoon and last through much of next week. The Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS) reminds residents to take appropriate precautions to protect themselves and their families. 

For a full list of warming centers, hours of operation and other info, please visit cookcountyil.gov/service/warming-centers

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Cook County Distributing 500,000 Masks to Fight the Spread of COVID-19

County partners with local organizations to distribute masks in 18 at-risk communities and expands #MaskUp campaign

As coronavirus case counts and deaths continue to rise, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle along with Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security Executive Director William Barnes announced today the procurement of half a million cloth masks for distribution to the County’s most vulnerable residents.

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle unveils County’s COVID-19 Response Plan for equitable recovery
Today, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle unveiled the Cook County COVID-19 Response Plan: From Rapid Response to Equitable Recovery. The plan, announced during President Preckwinkle’s virtual City Club speech, documents Cook County’s initial response to the crisis and outlines priorities for the next several months. In a continuation of the County’s commitment to advancing racial equity, the plan is focused on addressing inequities that have been exacerbated during the pandemic.
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Cook County Announces COVID-19 Respite Housing for Healthcare Workers, First Responders and Correctional Officers
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, joined by the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS)  and area first responders today announced the availability of respite housing for suburban Cook County healthcare professionals, first responders and correctional officers.
 
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Cook County Unveils COVID-19 Alternative Housing Program for Recovering Patients, Health Care Professionals and First Responders
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, joined by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) and Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS) today announced a multi-phased, COVID-19 alternative housing plan designed to support suburban Cook County residents, health care professionals and first responders.
 
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Cook County Distributes Thousands of Personal Protective Equipment to South Suburban First Responders
Today, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was joined by Cook County’s Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS)
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