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01/08/2024

The FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster recovery centers in west Cook County, established to help folks who experienced flooding in September storms, will all be closed tomorrow (Jan. 9) due to winter weather.
You can still:
▪️ Visit http://DisasterAssistance.gov
▪️ Use the FEMA mobile app
▪️ Call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362.
The plan is to open Wednesday as usual.

You can find more information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) page and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

We owe thanks to Burnham, Illinois Mayor Robert Polk who visited the Burnham disaster recovery center (DRC) to speak wit...
01/05/2024

We owe thanks to Burnham, Illinois Mayor Robert Polk who visited the Burnham disaster recovery center (DRC) to speak with flood survivors plus staff from FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency, IEMA-OHS, and U.S. Small Business Administration. His support helps residents understand the process of applying for disaster benefits.

If you live in Cook County, and experienced flooding in September, look into federal disaster relief here:
https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4749

We will likely see significant snow along with strong winds late Monday night through Tuesday. Big thanks to the U.S. Na...
01/04/2024

We will likely see significant snow along with strong winds late Monday night through Tuesday. Big thanks to the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) folks in Illinois for analyzing this so that we can be prepared.

Speaking of preparedness, are you ready?
https://ready.illinois.gov/content/dam/soi/en/web/iema/preparedness/documents/winter-storm-preparedness-guidebook.pdf

A large storm system will impact the central U.S. early next week. There is high confidence for wind gusts over 30 mph, but confidence remains lower on how much snow we could see. Be sure to monitor the latest weather forecasts as things will change between now and then.

Anyone in Cook County impacted by flooding in September who hasn't applied for FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency ...
01/03/2024

Anyone in Cook County impacted by flooding in September who hasn't applied for FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance?
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Two more disaster recovery centers (DRCs) opened today where you can get one-on-one help: Burnham and Phoenix. Hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The deadline to register for FEMA assistance is Jan. 19.

Burnham Community Center
14020 S. Torrence Avenue
Burnham, IL 60633

Village Hall, Hawkins Multi-Purpose Center
650 E. 151st St.
Phoenix, IL 60426

Here are some great tips on winter driving. You might not have snow on the roads today, but you likely will at some poin...
12/29/2023

Here are some great tips on winter driving. You might not have snow on the roads today, but you likely will at some point this winter.

So much for warm and dry. But honestly, we needed some rain and cold temps. Let's be careful out there.
12/28/2023

So much for warm and dry. But honestly, we needed some rain and cold temps. Let's be careful out there.

Snow will mix with or change over to rain at times through Friday. Minor accumulations are possible across central Illinois. Expect a dusting up to around an inch with localized higher amounts.

Light snow is moving into more parts of Illinois. No significant accumulation expected, but that doesn't mean you should...
12/28/2023

Light snow is moving into more parts of Illinois. No significant accumulation expected, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be careful. Check the forecast and road conditions before you head out; take more time to walk, ride, or drive; and have provisions in a vehicle emergency kit with you.

UPDATE on the disaster recovery centers (DRCs) in west Cook County: ▪️ DRCs in South Holland and Harvey close permanentl...
12/28/2023

UPDATE on the disaster recovery centers (DRCs) in west Cook County:
▪️ DRCs in South Holland and Harvey close permanently tomorrow (Friday), Dec. 29 at 5 p.m.
▪️ DRCs in Calumet City, Dolton and South Shore will still be open.
▪️ ALL DRCs will be closed this Sat., Sun., and Mon. for the holiday.

Skies moving into Illinois from the west are bringing drizzle, gentle rain, and maybe some accumulation of snow tonight ...
12/27/2023

Skies moving into Illinois from the west are bringing drizzle, gentle rain, and maybe some accumulation of snow tonight on the western side of the state. Do you have your vehicle emergency kit ready?

https://ready.illinois.gov/content/dam/soi/en/web/iema/preparedness/documents/winter-storm-preparedness-guidebook.pdf

We could see some white stuff this week, although not enough to make a ⛄️. Think ahead about your upcoming travel plans ...
12/26/2023

We could see some white stuff this week, although not enough to make a ⛄️. Think ahead about your upcoming travel plans and whether you should allow extra time tomorrow and into Thursday.

A slow moving system will bring periods of precip midweek that includes snow or rain/snow mix at times. The best time for any wintry precip will be Wednesday morning and again Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Accumulations should be light with the best chance southwest of a Canton to Effingham line.

Storm survivors in west Cook County, Illinois have already been approved for $21.5 million in FEMA Federal Emergency Man...
12/26/2023

Storm survivors in west Cook County, Illinois have already been approved for $21.5 million in FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance from September flooding that damaged home, apartments, possessions, etc. Don't delay if you want to apply! The deadline is Jan. 19.

If you'd like 1-on-1 help with an application, check out the disaster recovery center (DRC) addresses and hours. You can also call, go online, or use the FEMA app.

West Cook County storm/flood survivors:  If you've applied for FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance after...
12/19/2023

West Cook County storm/flood survivors: If you've applied for FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance after the federal disaster declaration for the September storms, but didn't apply to the U.S. Small Business Administration, you may be missing out on significant help!

5 reasons to fill out your SBA application:
1. SBA programs can help homeowners and renters, as well as large and small businesses (including apartment owners) and nonprofit agencies
2. Low-interest disaster rates are available
3. Filling it out might mean additional FEMA assistance
4. SBA is the largest source of recovery funds
5. Funds to reduce future disaster risks may be available

After you apply for FEMA assistance, you may be referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). If you’re asked to submit an SBA disaster loan application, there are benefits to filling it out and sending it in right away.

If you think you can't get help after flooding damaged your west Cook County residence in September, you need to check o...
12/18/2023

If you think you can't get help after flooding damaged your west Cook County residence in September, you need to check out these numbers: Nearly $17 million for about 5,300 homes.

If you haven't applied for disaster assistance yet, do so before the January 19 deadline.
https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4749 -families

IEMA-OHS Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau presented a certificate of retirement to Edie Casella, P3/BEOC Program Manager/Ops ...
12/15/2023

IEMA-OHS Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau presented a certificate of retirement to Edie Casella, P3/BEOC Program Manager/Ops Coordinator this week. IEMA-OHS wants to express its deepest appreciation to Edie for her dedication and significant contributions to the agency. Best wishes for Edie on a happy retirement!

IEMA-OHS Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau visited the FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster recovery center (DRC)...
12/14/2023

IEMA-OHS Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau visited the FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster recovery center (DRC) in The City of Calumet City this week. She spent time meeting both FEMA and U.S. Small Business Administration staff who are helping September's flood survivors apply for assistance. It's critical that all partners--federal, state, county, and local--understand the application process to ensure a smooth process for the survivors.

For more information, including links to the addresses of the four DRCs (Calumet City, Dolton, Hegewisch, and Burnham, go to https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4749. Keep in mind that some DRCs will close permanently sooner than others.

Temporary FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster recovery centers (DRCs) will open Dec. 12 for west Cook Coun...
12/12/2023

Temporary FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster recovery centers (DRCs) will open Dec. 12 for west Cook County residents impacted by flooding in September. One DRC will be in Dolton and the other in Hegewisch.

If you had damage, and haven't applied for assistance, visit any of the DRCs or learn more at: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4749

Dolton Park District Main Field House
14700 Evers St., Dolton
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 12 – Tuesday, Dec. 19 (closing permanently Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m.)

Chicago Public Library- Hegewisch Branch
3048 E. 130th St., Chicago
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday Dec. 12 – Friday, Dec. 15 (closing Friday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m.)

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If you were impacted by storms and   in   in September, consider a disaster assistance loan from the . Speak with SBA on...
12/08/2023

If you were impacted by storms and in in September, consider a disaster assistance loan from the . Speak with SBA one-on-one at:

Business Recovery Center
Oak Forest Municipal Complex
15440 S. Central Ave., Oak Forest
Open Mon–Fri 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Or go online to learn more:

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More than $10M in FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance is going to storm/flood survivors in Cook County w...
12/07/2023

More than $10M in FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance is going to storm/flood survivors in Cook County who were affected in September by flooding:
🔹$9.4 million in housing grants
🔹$1.1 million for other essential disaster-related needs.

If you were affected, and haven't applied yet, you can:
📍 Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov.
📍 Use the FEMA mobile app.
📍 Call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. If you use video relay service, captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA your number for that service.
📍 Visit a disaster recovery center. The centers serve as one-stop shops for survivors who need one-on-one help. Survivors can visit any center for assistance. To find center locations and current hours, visit FEMA.gov/DRC.

After disasters, fraudulent activity typically increases, and con artists may try to get money from you or ask for your ...
12/06/2023

After disasters, fraudulent activity typically increases, and con artists may try to get money from you or ask for your personal information to try and steal your identity. If your home or personal property was damaged in the September 17–18 storms and flooding in west Cook County, be careful when giving out your personal information.

Read more here:

After disasters, fraudulent activity typically increases, and con artists may try to get money from you or ask for your personal information to try and steal your identity. If your home or personal property was damaged in the September 17 – 18 storms and flooding, be careful when giving out your p...

The disaster recovery center (DRC) is now open in Burnham. If you experienced flooding in September in western Cook Coun...
12/05/2023

The disaster recovery center (DRC) is now open in Burnham. If you experienced flooding in September in western Cook County, you now have two DRCs to choose from if you want to speak with FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency one-on-one.

Burnham DRC
Burnham Community Center (follow the signs and enter through the back of the building)
14020 S. Torrence Avenue
Burnham, IL 60633

Hours:
Tuesday, Dec. 5 – Monday, Dec. 11: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(Closing permanently Monday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m.)

Plus, you can apply for FEMA assistance by:
📞 Calling 800-621-3362
💻 Going online to DisasterAssistance.gov
📱 Download the FEMA app.

More info here:
https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4749

Another disaster recovery center (DRC), this one in Burnham, will open tomorrow for Cook County residents who were impac...
12/04/2023

Another disaster recovery center (DRC), this one in Burnham, will open tomorrow for Cook County residents who were impacted by September flooding. And the first DRC for this disaster, in Calumet City, will be open a few more hours.

If you haven't applied for assistance, do so right away. Details here:

Mientras los equipos de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA) visitan los hogares de los residentes de...
12/02/2023

Mientras los equipos de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA) visitan los hogares de los residentes del condado de Cook afectados por las tormentas e inundaciones de septiembre, también han abierto un centro de recuperación por desastre (DRC) en la ciudad de Calumet City, donde los sobrevivientes pueden solicitar asistencia. El personal de Recuperación de IEMA-OHS está allí para explicar el papel del estado y guiar a los sobrevivientes hacia otra asistencia estatal. Sintoniza esta noche ABC 7 Chicago porque FEMA fue entrevistada sobre el proceso de solicitud.

While FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency teams are visiting the homes of Cook County residents impacted by Septemb...
12/01/2023

While FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency teams are visiting the homes of Cook County residents impacted by September storms and flooding, it has also opened a disaster recover center (DRC) in The City of Calumet City where survivors can apply for assistance. IEMA-OHS Recovery staff are there to explain the state's role and guide survivors to other state assistance.

Tune in tonight to ABC 7 Chicago because FEMA was interviewed about the application process.

"Wintry mix." Yuck. That could mean a messy community tomorrow morning for Quad Cities-area motorists. Take your time, l...
11/30/2023

"Wintry mix." Yuck. That could mean a messy community tomorrow morning for Quad Cities-area motorists. Take your time, leaving space between vehicles, and make sure your have a vehicle emergency kit ready.
Always check:
☑️ Forecast
☑️ Road conditions (https://gettingaroundillinois.com/)
☑️ Plans for potential changes.

Expect a combination of rain, snow, and freezing rain Thursday night into Friday morning. Total snowfall of 1 to 2 inches combined with a tenth of an inch of ice or less within the Advisory area. Hazardous travel is expected for the Friday morning commute across the Advisory area.

Heads up in the Quad Cities area! You could see mixed precip Thursday night into Friday morning, and that could make for...
11/29/2023

Heads up in the Quad Cities area! You could see mixed precip Thursday night into Friday morning, and that could make for snow-covered or slick roads. Expect to take extra time to drive anywhere Friday morning, and keep an eye on the forecast until then

A storm system will bring rain and a period of mixed precipitation to the area Thursday night into Friday. A sharp cutoff of precipitation amounts is expected on the northwest side of the system. With surface temperatures near or below freezing Friday morning, slippery roads may develop for the morning commute.

If you live in Cook County and were impacted by the storms and flooding in September, you can apply for FEMA Federal Eme...
11/27/2023

If you live in Cook County and were impacted by the storms and flooding in September, you can apply for FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance today, even before any disaster recovery centers (DRCs) open.

Are you shopping on this Cyber Monday? If so, be careful with your personal and financial information. Follow these safe...
11/27/2023

Are you shopping on this Cyber Monday? If so, be careful with your personal and financial information. Follow these safety tips from the Illinois Office of Homeland Security and Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology:

Snow in the Quad Cities area already, and more Illinois counties will see it yet today and overnight. Be ready for reduc...
11/25/2023

Snow in the Quad Cities area already, and more Illinois counties will see it yet today and overnight. Be ready for reduced visibility and slippery roads.

Check road conditions at: https://gettingaroundillinois.com/

More tips: https://ready.illinois.gov/content/dam/soi/en/web/iema/preparedness/documents/winter-storm-preparedness-guidebook.pdf

Light snow and flurries will continue to develop and move northeastward across the area through noon, mainly along and north of I-80. Reduced visibility and a dusting of accumulation possible in the more developed snow areas.

Looks like snow could move into much of Illinois late Saturday night into Sunday morning. Forecasters are only expecting...
11/24/2023

Looks like snow could move into much of Illinois late Saturday night into Sunday morning. Forecasters are only expecting light accumulation in the more northern areas, but it's always good to be ready. Check your vehicle, your plans, and your emergency car kit.

https://ready.illinois.gov/press-releases/press-release.27259.html

We hope everyone has a happy, fun, and safe Thanksgiving.
11/23/2023

We hope everyone has a happy, fun, and safe Thanksgiving.

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