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Cook County unveils emergency command center

Cook County unveiled its new “state-of-the-art” emergency operations center in Oak Forest on Friday as part of “Operation Power Play,” a simulated statewide disaster in which 28 tornadoes touch down across the state in the middle of a weeklong heat wave of temperatures in excess of 100 degrees.

It turned out to be a perfect day for a disaster drill with temperatures in the 70s under partly cloudy skies, as about 200 utility company officials, civic leaders, government administrators and people from emergency response agencies were given a tour of all the latest technology participating organizations had on display for “the day no one wants to see happen…” Please click here to read Phil Kadner’s column in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

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