Cook County Hazard Mitigation Plan Mission:
Identify risks and sustainable cost-effective actions to mitigate the impact of natural hazards in order to protect the life, health, safety, welfare and economy of the communities of Cook County.
On September 10, 2014, the Cook County Board approved the largest Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazards Mitigation Plan (HMP) ever completed in the United States. Cook County’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) spearheaded the HMP planning process.
The HMP, which received approval from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), means Cook County is now eligible to receive funds through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). A total of 115 planning partners were involved in the effort, including 113 of Cook County’s 134 municipalities.
Under the leadership of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, the DHSEM worked diligently with area municipalities and other partnering agencies to formulate an HMP to address natural hazards that the County frequently faces, like flooding, extreme cold temperatures, snow and heavy storms, which endanger lives and damage and destroy property.
The DHSEM formed an HMP Steering Committee made up of leaders in both the public and private sectors in Cook County to help lead the planning process (to see a list of Steering Committee members and view meeting minutes, please click here).
During the HMP process, jurisdictions throughout Cook County identified mitigation projects they would like to undertake in order to minimize the impact of natural hazards. Participating communities, upon adoption of the plan by their governing bodies, will be able to apply for HMGP funds to help finance projects that reduce the County’s vulnerability to natural hazards while protecting the health, safety, welfare and economy of communities by identifying cost-effective strategies to reduce their impact.
Please download and view the Cook County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan
Cook County - unincorp
Country Club Hills
East Hazel Crest
Elk Grove Village
Indian Head Park
La Grange Park
South Chicago Heights