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Leading Through Crisis training workshops


(download the invitation here)

Dear members of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association,

On behalf of the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), you are cordially invited to attend the Leading Through Crisis training workshop, a cutting-edge crisis management training program specifically designed for elected and appointed officials.

Disasters can quickly test the preparedness and resolve of both our communities and residents, as well as the ability of local government to respond effectively and efficiently. Recognizing this need, under the leadership of President Toni Preckwinkle, the DHSEM – in partnership with the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy – launched Leading Through Crisis, a four-hour workshop that provides skills and strategies for how to successfully plan for, respond to, and recover from both man-made and natural disasters.

Supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the National Association of Counties, Leading Through Crisis aims to equip officials in Cook County with the tools necessary for effective crisis management. With modules covering topics such as leader preparedness, crisis decision-making, preparedness planning, economic risk management, as well as crisis communication, and featuring pertinent case studies, this program was designed with input from some of the nation’s leading experts in crisis management as well as local officials who experienced catastrophic events, such as Super-storm Sandy and the Boston Marathon bombings, first hand.

The upcoming deliveries of Leading Through Crisis are scheduled as follows: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 (Hoffman Estates Police Department) Thursday, March 26, 2015 (Village of La Grange Auditorium) Thursday, April 23, 2015 (Harper Court in Hyde Park) Tuesday, May 19, 2015 (Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy) Wednesday, May 20, 2015 (Brookfield Zoo) Wednesday, June 24, 2015 (Oak Forest Hospital Campus)

Space is extremely limited and participation in these events is by invitation only. Please RSVP at or by telephone at 216-401-1200 at least five days prior to the date of the workshop. We hope you will be able to join us for this workshop, and in doing so, contribute to a safer and more resilient Cook County. Very Respectfully, Michael Masters Executive Director

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