Commissioner Miller Announces Over $600,000 for Counter-Terrorism Related Expenses
Oak Forest, Illinois – The Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) has received a UASI grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is administered by the United States Department of Homeland Security Management Agency. Illinois State Emergency Department (IEMA). Cook County Commissioner Donna Miller (D-6and) said, “DHSEM informed me of the UASI grant opportunity for local jurisdictions. I contacted the municipalities of the 6and District to inform them and encourage them to apply. I am pleased to announce that the 6and The district will receive over $600,000 in funding for urban safety. »
The UASI grant program is designed to assist high-risk, high-density urban areas to build, maintain, and deliver the capabilities needed to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism. Municipalities that have received project funding include: Bridgeview (firefighters – ballistic helmets, vests and racks), Chicago Heights (firefighters – MCI bags; police department – operation Overwatch), Dolton (water system security), justice (early warning system), Oak Forest (Homeland Security Communications Tower & Resiliency Improvements) and Tinley Park (ALPR Technology System).
Mayor Kuspa of Oak Forest said, “The addition of a new communications tower will allow the Town of Oak Forest to increase radio signal integration and expand all municipal services currently using microwave technology. This will also increase the coverage of all backup systems. A new communications tower will allow the City to continue to provide efficient and effective services to Oak Forest residents.
“Cook County is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the nation and faces threats associated with large urban areas,” said William Barnes, executive director of DHSEM. “The projects that municipalities are undertaking will help make all county residents safer.
Commissioner Miller noted that DHSEM had received 25 applications for review saying, “I am pleased that some of our municipalities have requested and will receive this much needed funding. Miller added: “I pray that we don’t have an incident, but we must always remain vigilant and prepared, and this funding will help in this endeavour.”