Story by 89 WLS Web Writer Kim Rasmussen
(CHICAGO) The Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) released a statement Thursday saying it had activated its Incident Command Center Wednesday and has deployed staff to its Emergency Readiness Center due to storms tracking across the Chicagoland area.
DHSEM has been in contact with the National Weather Service, the Department of Transportation and Highways and other partners to coordinate response efforts, such as sandbagging.
It has been in contact with affected municipalities and is aware of local impacts and needs. The DHSEM is urging residents and property owners who may be affected by rising water to take protective measures such as moving belongings out of low-lying storage buildings and garages, securing loose items and considering sandbagging to protect vulnerable structures.
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