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News From Our Partners: Cook County Mitigation Plan Public Meeting

From the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM): Please share with your staff and communities:

Hazard Mitigation Plan Public Information Meetings All Meetings from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

December 9, 2013 Village of Homewood Village Hall Board Room 2020 Chestnut Road, Homewood

December 11, 2013 Village of Northbrook Village Hall 1st Floor Board Room 1225 Cedar Lane, Northbrook

December 12, 2013 Village of Westchester Village Hall Board Room 10300 W. Roosevelt Road, Westchester

What Is a Hazard Mitigation Plan? “Hazard mitigation” is the process of acting now to reduce the severity of impacts from future disasters on people, property and the economy. Cook County is preparing a hazard mitigation plan (HMP) to reduce risks from natural hazards and to guide decision makers as they commit resources to reducing the effects of natural hazards.

All residents of Cook County are invited to attend an upcoming meeting to learn about a recent study on Cook County’s vulnerability to natural hazards. This study’s findings will be the basis for the HMP.

Input from members of the public is important to the success of the planning process. We need to know how natural hazard events have affected you. This will help to validate the findings from the study and guide the development of the HMP.

Why Is This Important to Me? At some point in time, a natural hazard event will affect you and your property, whether it is a flood, extreme heat, or other event. What impact will that have on your life and property? Knowing what your risks are and what steps you can take to reduce those risks will help you minimize the extent and duration of the impacts.

What Will I Learn At These Meetings? At these meetings, you will learn about a recent study on Cook County’s vulnerability to natural hazards. This study’s findings will help local governments plan projects to reduce the risk from hazards before they happen and to help recover more quickly afterwards.

Project team members will use computerworkstations to demonstrate how natural hazard events may affect your own home or business. By providing the address of your property, you’ll be able to learn what may happen at that specific location during a given natural hazard event, such as a flood or earthquake.

You will be able to talk to emergency management planners, first responders, local businesses, and organizations about your risks and your concerns. They will answer your questions and provide you with information to identify steps you can take to reduce the impacts on your life, your family, and your property.

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