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Chicago Selected for Federal Securing the Cities Program

Posted by Admin On September - 15 - 2015

IEMA to Provide Radiation Safety Expertise in Support of Chicago Efforts to Protect Metropolitan Area from Nuclear Threats

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) will providetechnical support to the city of Chicago as part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Securing the Cities Program. DHS announced Monday the program is expanding to include Chicago and Houston.

The Securing the Cities program seeks to reduce the risk of a successful deployment of a radiological or nuclear weapon against major metropolitan areas by assisting state and local partner agencies as they build regional capabilities to detect, analyze and report nuclear and other radioactive materials. The program provides up to $30 million over five years to a region selected through a competitive application process.

“We are excited Chicago was selected for inclusion in the Securing the Cities Program, and we look forward to supporting them as this project takes shape,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “IEMA has some of the top nuclear and radiation safety experts in the country on our staff who will bring extensive knowledge and expertise to this effort.”

Joseph said IEMA has more than 100 personnel supporting the state’s internationally recognized nuclear and radiation safety programs designed to protect people and the environment from unnecessary exposure to ionizing radiation.

The start date for funding to the Chicago project will be announced at a later date. Houston was included in DHS’ announcement Monday and initial work on that project will begin shortly. Other metropolitan areas previously included in the Securing the Cities program are the New York City/Jersey City/Newark region, the Los Angeles/Long Beach region and the National Capital region.

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