OEMC

City of Chicago Hazard Mitigation Planning

The City of Chicago recently completed the City’s 2012 All-Hazard Mitigation Plan. This document is designed to meet the requirements of federal Public Law 106-390, The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, while also developing a useable document to identify opportunities to alleviate the impact and/or consequence of all of Chicago’s hazards. The plan will meet the Act’s hazard mitigation planning regulations that require jurisdictions to have an adopted plan and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved Hazard Mitigation Plan in order to be eligible for mitigation grant funding.

This planning effort involved a Mitigation Steering Committee comprised of several City departments and local partners. The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) served as the lead agency throughout this process. The mitigation planning and exercising process allowed Chicago OEMC and its partners to quickly recognize the importance in identifying and prioritizing the steps and actions to mitigate from all of Chicago’s hazards.

The Plan provided a first step towards identifying strategies and actions to ensure Chicago’s resiliency from natural, technological, and political hazards. The Plan identifies 11 natural, 7 technological, and 7 political hazards; assesses the risk of each hazard; establishes the goals and objectives for mitigation; and identifies specific actions that the City can implement to reduce the impact or alleviate the consequence of a hazard.

The Mitigation Steering Committee developed and updated the City’s mitigation action priorities based upon the findings of an updated Chicago All-Hazard Risk Assessment, individual expertise, knowledge of existing and planned Chicago programs and projects, and collaboration with other Committee members.
The following mitigation actions were prioritized as “High” by the Mitigation Steering Committee for 2012:

  • Identify and develop projects and programs, as well as expand existing programs, to alleviate the impact of a terrorist attack on high profile facilities and structures.
  • Provide public outreach on alertness, awareness, and how to notify authorities of suspicious activities.
  • Support the advancement of technological tools to aid emergency management personnel
  • Continue the development of the Chicago Shoreline Restoration Project
  • Reduce the risk of flooded basements through the City’s Basement Flooding Partnership
  • Strengthen public/private partnerships and information sharing capabilities

The City of Chicago and its partners are currently undertaking various projects and programs to address the mitigation actions listed above, in addition to 26 other mitigation actions identified within the 2012 All-Hazard Mitigation Plan.

For any questions, comments, or concerns relating to the City of Chicago’s hazard mitigation efforts, please contact hazard.mitigation@cityofchicago.org