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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 23, 2003

City of Chicago Receives Grant for Disaster Planning
Funds to help city compete nationwide for disaster assistance

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that the City of Chicago will receive $82,875 from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to assist the city in developing a disaster mitigation plan.
 
“It is imperative that in any disaster a plan be in place to mitigate injuries and save lives,” Blagojevich said.  “With these funds, the City of Chicago can be certain that its disaster plan achieves both.”
 
The grant will help the City of Chicago develop a mitigation plan that is compliant with the federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000.  A compliant plan will ensure that the county will be eligible for hazard mitigation funds for any disaster occurring after November 2004.  In addition, a compliant plan will make them eligible to compete nationwide for Pre-Disaster Mitigation project funds.
 
“Many disasters, such as floods and windstorms, are inevitable, but there are many things we can do in advance to lessen their impact,” said William C. Burke, IEMA director.  “This grant will help the City of Chicago develop an adequate disaster mitigation plan and be eligible for future disaster assistance.”
 
Disaster mitigation includes actions to eliminate or prevent damages from such natural disasters as floods, windstorms and tornadoes, winter storms and heat waves.  Local governments use disaster mitigation plans to analyze all of the natural hazards they may experience and to search for appropriate and cost-effective solutions to eliminate those hazards.
 
IEMA receives funding for the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Planning Grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


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