Federal Emergency Management Agency
Everybody in south suburban Cook County is aware that on April 18, the area was drenched with rain from the storm that knocked out power in many households, caused huge traffic delays and flooded basements.
It has been more than two months since Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast. However, we are still being asked about our involvement.
WHITING | The Whiting Fire Department recently received a $23,616 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to purchase 20 portable P25 digital radios.
Cyclone Sandy was technically downgraded from hurricane status just before striking the U.S., but remains highly disruptive. Both the Obama and Romney presidential campaigns temporarily suspended their frenetic activity. In part, this reflected the practical impossibility of moving through t…
PORTAGE | Portage's new fire/rescue boat, launched just this summer, has seen its share of duty.
Hobart's Civil Defense, a program first formed during World War II, has taken a new direction.
In my column back in May I reported on several notable human service programs being implemented in south suburban communities this summer.
LAKE STATION | All the trailers have been removed from the abandoned, flood-ravaged Riverside Mobile Home property.
HOBART | Seniors are invited to attend an emergency preparedness program from 10 a.m. to noon today at Maria Reiner Senior Center, 705 E. Fourth St.
GARY | Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin is partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to host an Emergency Management Awareness Fair designed to increase awareness and disaster preparedness in Northwest Indiana.
Some public safety departments in Northwest Indiana are already prepared to meet the FCC's Jan. 1 deadline for narrowbanding. Some -- like Portage -- are in midstream, and others are still investigating what they have to do to meet the deadline.
In the wake of the devastating and lethal tornadoes in southern Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, I am compelled to advocate for a regional disaster preparedness plan.
LAKE STATION | Despite his best efforts, Jose Poce finds it nearly impossible to maintain his neatly kept front yard on the corner of 29th Avenue and Utah Street.
PORTAGE | Portage High School printing technology students carefully aligned the big, bold letters across the side of the Portage Fire Department's new dive/rescue/fire boat Tuesday afternoon.
DYER | The town began its life as a small farming community, but is now a town of neighborhoods and local businesses "living in the shadow of Chicago," as lifelong resident Paul Benninghoff puts it.
Six local fire departments will share $741,150 in federal funds to help buy updated radio equipment.
A year ago, I presented the fact that there are very few community emergency response teams in south suburban Cook County. Chicago Heights and Tinley Park are the only two of 50-plus communities.
HIGHLAND | Although portions of Hammond and Highland have been removed from the Little Calumet River flood plain, officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency encouraged residents of those areas to keep some flood insurance protection for "peace of mind."
It is good to see more than 1,000 properties along the Little Calumet River removed from the flood plain, erasing a costly flood insurance obligation.
HAMMOND | More than 1,000 homes and businesses adjoining the Little Calumet River has been taken out of the flood plain by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, city officials announced Monday.
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