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Cook County unveils emergency command center
During a statewide disaster drill, Cook County unveils its new command center

Friday, June 19, 2015
Chicago Tribune
by Phil Kadner

Cook County unveils emergency command center

It turned out to be a perfect day for a disaster drill with temperatures in the 70s under partly cloudy skies, as about 200 utility company officials, civic leaders, government administrators and people from emergency response agencies were given a tour of all the latest technology participating organizations had on display for "the day no one wants to see happen."

The Humvees, he said, have tires that can more easily run through debris and travel through areas deemed impassable. They could be used to come to the aid of emergency crews, bringing them supplies, or ferrying them out of disaster areas.

The Red Cross had a mobile station equipped with wireless and charging stations for cell phones, having discovered in emergencies that people want to be able to communicate with friends and family, but have no access due to power outages.

It was an amazing array of impressive stuff, which you may deem far too costly and extravagant. Unless, some day, you need it.



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