Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced that the County will receive nearly $26.5 million in federal grant funds to assist with security programs that combat terrorism.
The funds are distributed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) and will be managed locally by the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM).
The UASI 2015 funding will go towards training and exercise courses for local law enforcement, fire personnel and other first responders, as well as disaster response and resident preparedness programs. The grant will also support cybersecurity enhancements and critical infrastructure maintenance.
“Our top priority is the safety and security of the residents of and visitors to our County,” said President Preckwinkle. “These grant funds are critical to our urban area, ensuring that we are able to combat potential threats today and for years to come.”
UASI grant funding is made available to the nation’s 28 highest-risk, highest-threat and highest-density urban areas to enhance their regional preparedness and capabilities.