Cook County Emergency Management and Regional Security

The Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security (EMRS) serves as Cook County’s mandated emergency management agency. EMRS serves the 5.3 million residents of Cook County, including 135 local municipalities, and supports other County Government offices in emergency planning, preparedness, response, and recovery. The EMRS 2022-2026 Strategic Plan will guide the Department’s path forward over the next five years. The Strategic Plan incorporates lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic response, particularly regarding the importance of collaboration and building trusting relationships with both internal and external partners. Emergencies and disasters are continuously evolving as environmental conditions change. Furthermore, the County’s most vulnerable residents continue to experience disproportionate impacts from disasters. EMRS must remain adaptive to the changing risk environment and ensure that equity is integrated across EMRS’ operations and guiding principles of Innovation, Integrity, Transparency, Accountability, Fiscal Responsibility and Collaboration.

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