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Emergency Management & Communications

Welcome to the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC).

The mission of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications is to manage incidents, coordinate events, operate communications systems, and provide technology, among other forms of support, to City services to strengthen their respective missions and to protect lives and property in the City of Chicago.

The OEMC is committed to closely partnering with local, regional, state, and federal partners to achieve seamless integration and complementary missions. The OEMC recognizes that in addition to its traditional responsibilities at the local level, its support of relevant Cook County and State of Illinois efforts will result in more safety and security for both City residents and City property. This recognition is driven by the OEMC’s commitment to innovation and flexibility in achieving its mission of supporting City services.

The end state is OEMC’s vision of “Integrated Operations, Safe and Secure Citizens.” The department will be guided toward this vision by its values of professionalism, accountability, integrity, communication, preparedness, and collaboration. These values will serve as guideposts for staff conduct as the OEMC works toward its vision by supporting City services and protecting both citizens and property in the City of Chicago. 

Most Recent News (Emergency Management & Communications)

Jul 24, 2015 Balbo, Jackson Closed For Lollapalooza Set-up; Columbus To Close Next Wednesday For The July 31 – August 2 Music Festival
Jul 17, 2015 OEMC Advises Chicago To Prepare For Hot Weather As Well As Traffic Impacts During Busy Weekend
Jul 16, 2015 Statement From The City Of Chicago Office Of Emergency Management And Communications Regarding Training In Chicago July 20-25
Jul 13, 2015 IEMA released weather threat
Jul 10, 2015 City Of Chicago And Cook County Announce Launch Of 'If You See Something , Say Something 'Campaign
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