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Alert Chicago - Emergency Preparedness

Welcome to the Office of Emergency Management and Communication's Alert Chicago website! 

We're glad that you have chosen to take an active role in protecting and preparing yourself and your family for an emergency. 

This site will guide you through the necessary steps to be prepared for any emergency event, natural or otherwise. In addition to assisting you in creating a basic family plan and assembling the appropriate supplies, it will also give you information about how to alter that plan depending on the specific situation. 

Working together, we can make Chicago as prepared as any big city can be. When we work together, we can confront any emergency, whether it's a severe winter storm or a terrorist attack. 

The OEMC is continually updating our emergency plans and the technology we have to face new threats, but we can't do it alone. Click through the buttons on this page to learn how you can do your part.




Find information about:

taking action before an emergency in order to develop operational capabilities and facilitate an effective response in the event an emergency occurs



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taking action immediately before, during and directly after an emergency occurs to save lives, minimize damage and enhance the effectiveness of recovery



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taking action to return the infrastructure systems to minimum operating standards and long-term activity design to return life to normal or improved levels


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Emergency Management & Communications

  • Phone: 312.746.9111
    Toll Free:
    Fax: 312.746.9120
  • 121 N LaSalle St
    City Hall
    Chicago, IL 60602   
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