2024 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

Hazard Mitigation
Hazard mitigation is any cost-effective and sustained action taken to reduce the long-term risk to human life, property, and infrastructure from hazards.

Mitigation activities can and should be taken before a disaster occurs. After disasters, repairs and reconstruction are completed in such a way as to simply restore damaged property to pre-disaster conditions. However, the implementation of mitigation actions during the rebuilding phase following a disaster can lead to building back stronger, safer and smarter. 

2024 Cook County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan
Cook County is in the process of updating the 2024 Cook County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (MJ-HMP). A Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) is “the representation of the jurisdiction’s commitment to reduce risks from natural hazards, serving as a guide for decision-makers as they commit resources to reducing the effects of natural hazards” (44 CFR 201.6). HMPs establish and maintain eligibility for hazard mitigation assistance grant funds. The planning process is as important as the plan itself because it creates a framework for governments to reduce the negative impacts of future disasters on key community assets, such as lives, property, and the economy. Hazard mitigation planning can significantly reduce the physical, financial, and emotional losses caused by disasters.

The Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies the natural hazards that threaten the County, highlights their negative impacts, and proposes various plans and strategies to mitigate their effects. While “having a plan” is important in all instances, this plan is even more important because it allows the County (and those participating municipalities) to be eligible to access federal grant funding. 


    Steering Committee Meetings

    March 20, 2024 - Agenda 

    Participating Jurisdictions

    Hazard Mitigation Plan FAQ

    Throughout the update process, there will be many opportunities for the community to learn more and provide feedback. Cook County encourages all those who live, work and play in Cook County to participate.

    Complete the Hazard Mitigation Plan Survey: In order to identify and plan for future natural disasters, we are seeking community input to help us gauge local knowledge about natural disaster issues and to learn more about areas that are potentially vulnerable to various types of natural disasters. The information provided will help us coordinate activities to reduce the risk of injury or property damage in the future.

    Click here to complete survey

    Attend an upcoming Public Meeting:

    Monday, May 6, 2024
    6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Lester L. Long Fieldhouse - Ember Room
    14700 Evers St.
    Dolton, IL 60419

    Tuesday, May 7, 2024
    6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Skokie Public Library
    5215 Oakton St.
    Skokie, IL 60077

    Tuesday, May 14, 2024
    6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Senior Building
    900 N. 25th St.
    Melrose Park, IL 60160

    Please check back for additional updates, including plan notifications and more.

    Submit a draft plan comment (COMING SOON): Once the draft of the plan has been completed later this Spring, you will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the draft plan.  Draft plan feedback is highly encouraged. A comment form will be available should you wish to submit suggestions to the Planning Team. 

    Volume I

    Click here to view the Cook County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

    Open Document: Cook County MJHMP Update 2019


    Volume II

    Countywide Mitigation Actions

    Jurisdictional Annexes

    HMP Annual Progress Reports

    • 2024 Volume I - Coming Soon
    • 2024 Volume II - Coming Soon