Illinois Emergency Management Agency
(Appropriated Spending in Thousands)
|Anti-Terrorism Planning and Response
|Disaster Recovery and Risk Reduction
|Environmental Radiation Safety
|Nuclear Facility Safety
Totals may not add due to rounding.
Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) coordinated responses to several tornadoes and flooding events and led efforts that supported the state’s request and receipt of United States Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance to help people in several of the impacted counties recover. A damage assessment conducted by the SBA determined 74 homes and nine businesses in Iroquois County, 28 homes and three businesses in Kankakee County, and 21 homes and seven businesses in Vermilion County met the funding eligibility requirements.
The agency secured a $1.2 million federal grant award to coordinate planning, training, and exercises to enhance state and local government capability to prepare for, prevent, and respond to complex coordinated terrorist attacks (CCTA). The agency’s grant proposal outlined a four-year plan to analyze existing regional and statewide CCTA core capabilities for such attacks, develop plans to address capability gaps, provide training to community partners, conduct exercises, and share lessons learned. The project will involve several state agencies, mutual aid partners with law enforcement, fire services and emergency management, Peoria city and county agencies, voluntary organizations, and federal agencies.
The agency received a grant totaling more than $14 million from the United States Commerce Department for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to aid the state’s preparation for the National Public Safety Broadband Network. FirstNet will ensure public safety officials have the ability to make cellular phone calls, access critical information, and transmit video during daily operations and during all types of emergencies by providing prioritized network access.
The agency coordinated deployment of 151 Illinois National Guard military police to assist Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico requested this assistance through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), the nation's state-to-state mutual aid system. Soldiers from the 933rd Military Police Company, based at Fort Sheridan, are providing additional security, escorting relief convoys, and conducting law enforcement patrols on the hurricane-ravaged island. IEMA also coordinated planning and preparedness to ensure the safety of thousands of people who traveled to southern Illinois to observe the August 2017 solar eclipse. Planning for the eclipse, and days leading up to the rare celestial event, began months earlier when state, county, and municipal public safety agencies and partner organizations began the process to ensure safety for everyone before, during, and after the eclipse. To facilitate coordination among response organizations, IEMA established a State Unified Area Command (SUAC) in Effingham, where representatives from the state departments of Transportation, Natural Resources, Public Health, Corrections, IEMA, the Illinois State Police, Illinois National Guard, fire, law enforcement, and emergency management mutual aid organizations and the American Red Cross were staged from August 18-22. Two Area Commands, one in Fairview Heights and the other in Marion, reported to the SUAC. Personnel in the Area Commands interacted with response organizations in its nine-county area to maintain close-range situational awareness of issues related to traffic, medical needs, cooling centers, and other situations. The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Springfield was activated August 18-22 to support the SUAC and the Area Commands.
IEMA reduced staff travel expenses by completing an installation of liquid nitrogen generators to cool radiation detectors located at each of the six nuclear power plants. The generators replaced liquid nitrogen tanks that were used for nearly 30 years to cool radiation detectors within IEMA’s Gaseous Effluent Monitoring System (GEMS). The GEMS continuously monitor releases in the effluent stacks at each of the nuclear power stations and transmits that data to IEMA’s computer system in Springfield, where it is monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is part of the agency’s Remote Monitoring System (RMS), which also collects and transmits data inside the nuclear power reactors and in a two-mile radius around each nuclear plant. During an incident at one of the plants, data from the RMS would be analyzed by the agency’s reactor and health physics experts to determine actions to protect the public from exposure to radiation.
Illinois was one of six states selected to participate in a National Governors Association (NGA) workshop to develop strategic action plans for public health preparedness and response. Participants completed pre-workshop activities to identify legal, regulatory, and administrative challenges to responding to a public health emergency. During the workshop, strategic action plans were developed to address those challenges, and following the workshop, representatives worked toward implementing the plans.