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Cook County to unveil mitigation plan

Updated: June 15, 2014 6:50AM



Cook County officials want residents to know about a plan that could help keep everyone safe during torrential rains or major disasters.

A draft of the county’s new Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazards Mitigation Plan will be presented in a series of meetings later in May.

The plan aims to reduce the area’s vulnerability to events such as the severe flooding that occurred a little more than a year ago after a storm dropped up to four inches of rain in parts of Cook County.

Cook County’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management worked with municipalities and other agencies to formulate the plan, designed to identify cost-effective strategies to help protect the safety and economies of the county’s communities during a natural hazardous event.

Having the plan in place also will make the county eligible to receive funds through the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

More than 100 of the county’s 134 municipalities and 30 townships have partnered with the county. Once completed, the plan will be the largest of its kind in the country.

Meetings are scheduled for May 27 at the Berwyn Police Department, 6401 W. 31st St.; May 28 at the Orland Fire Protection District, 9790 W. 151st St., Orland Park; and on May 29 at the Glenview Fire Department, 2500 East Lake Ave. All of the meetings run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Nick Swedberg



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