Cook County Kicks Off National Preparedness Month

Cook County’s Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security is sharing preparedness information and resources throughout September

As National Preparedness Month kicks off, the Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security is sharing helpful tips and information on its Twitter (@CookCountyEMRS) and website ( throughout September to ensure residents remain safe before, during and after an emergency.

“Ensuring Cook County residents, especially our vulnerable populations, remain safe and prepared in the face of an emergency is a top priority for the County,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “Disaster can strike at any time. Having a plan in place is the best way to manage an unexpected emergency situation or incoming inclement weather.” 

On September 14, EMRS is hosting its 7th annual preparedness fair. Federal, state and local agencies, including County departments and nonprofits, will gather at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St. in Chicago, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to distribute information and resources to help residents and their families prepare for emergencies. Free COVID-19 vaccines, boosters and flu shots will be administered by Cook County Health.

EMRS maintains a text alert system called “AlertCook.” Residents are encouraged to opt in to receive updates from Cook County Government related to public health and emergency management. Text ‘AlertCook’ to 888-777 to opt in.

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