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Archive | Preparedness

Miami-Dade Police Revert to Analog System After Encrypted Harris Digital Police Radio System Presents Glitches

A public safety radio system by Harris Corporation, similar to the radio system installed in Naperville and Aurora has been put on hold in Miami-Dade, Florida. After glitches, garbled conversations and dead spots were discovered in a $25 million radio system, the law enforcement agency in Florida is reverting back to an older analog radio […]

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Chicago Firefighters Simulate Extra Alarm Fire at Willis Tower, Not An Ordinary Fire Drill

Hundreds of firefighters participated in a drill at Willis Tower starting about 9:15 a.m. Sunday. Fire engines and ladder trucks were on the scene, and firefighters carried actual equipment in full bunker gear in a simulated response to a fire on the 51st floor. Firefighters did not know the script of the simulated emergency, but […]

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Public Input Needed to Help with Cook County Plan For Natural Hazards: “Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazards Mitigation Plan”

The Village of Arlington Heights is encouraging public input and sharing of information about the “Cook County Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazards Mitigation Plan.” Cook County is preparing its first hazard mitigation plan to reduce the risks from natural hazards and to guide decision makers as they commit resources to reducing the effects of natural hazards. Hazards […]

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Weak on Security: Emergency Alerts from Village Don’t Specify They’re Officially from Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights sent out a mass notification to residents and citizens that have signed up for their Mass Notification System from Everbridge today. The system, which is specified to send out important messages regarding natural disasters, missing persons and other crises affecting the community, today alerted subscribers that this day wasn’t the day to take […]

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Palatine Receives Illinois Emergency Management Agency Grant Funding To Prepare For Emergencies

In late August, Governor Pat Quinn announced that grants totaling $4 million have been awarded by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to help 121 accredited city and county emergency management agencies throughout Illinois support local disaster preparation and response efforts. Among those receiving funds was the Village of Palatine who received over $28,000 in […]

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Palatine Receives StormReady Recognition From Jim Allsopp, National Weather Service

On Monday, September 16, 2013, Village of Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz and Palatine Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Coordinator Tom Smith accepted the StormReady certification from Jim Allsopp, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service (NWS). StormReady is a voluntary program which helps communities better prepare for and mitigate effects of extreme weather-related events. StormReady […]

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Explanation Behind the State Department Worldwide Travel Alert

Bloomberg Contributing Editor Richard Falkenrath explains the worldwide travel alert issued today by the U.S. State Department warning citizens of potential terror attacks by al-Qaeda in the Middle East and North Africa. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Market Makers.” The source of information that would activate an Worldwide Travel Alert is an electronic intercept of […]

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Daily Cyber Attacks on U.S. Electric Utilities: Congressmen Also Warn of EMP and GMD Attacks on Power Grid, Police Communications

Officials are investigating a ‘barrage’ of cyber attacks on U.S. utilities by Iran-linked hackers. According to a report written by the staff of Congressmen Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Henry A. Waxman (D-CA) … (1) the electric grid is the target of numerous and daily cyber-attacks (2) most utility companies have not implemented voluntary NERC […]

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Village of Palatine’s Medical Reserve Corps Awarded $4K Grant From National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

The Village of Palatine’s Medical Reserve Corps (PMRC), was recently awarded a $4,000 grant from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) to enhance and support their ongoing program and team activities. This is the third consecutive year the PMRC has been awarded this grant. The PMRC is a community-based, volunteer organization […]

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Chicago NATO UAV Drone Over Elgin a Fake? HOAX Killer Provides Rationale with Perspective Analysis

HOAXKiller1: “This video has been getting attention around the web, and is causing people to have mixed reactions. Little do they realize the video is fake and their reactions are unwarranted. ” [The video has been taken down due to a copyright claim by Ted Hueckstaedt] A YouTube channel known for exposing hoaxes on videos […]

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NATO Drone Chicago: MQ-1 Predator or MQ-9 Reaper Over Elgin?

VIDEO: A drone spotted in the Elgin area on Saturday, May 12, 2012. A man with a video camera at a soccer field in Elgin, Illinois has claimed to have captured on May 12, 2012 what appears to be a drone Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that he says was flying toward Chicago the weekend before […]

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Video Surveillance Drone? Apparent Drone Sighted Over Elgin Headed Toward Chicago Week Before NATO Summit

VIDEO: A drone UAV spotted in the Elgin area on Saturday, May 12, 2012. A man with a video camera at a soccer field in Elgin, Illinois has captured on May 12, 2012 what appears to be a drone unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that he reports was flying toward Chicago the weekend before the NATO […]

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