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Illinois Emergency Management Agency
(Appropriated Spending in Thousands)
  FY 2020 FY 2019
Reporting Programs Expenditures Headcount Expenditures Headcount
Anti-Terrorism Planning and Response $ 88,260.1 24.0 $ 82,045.6 26.6
Disaster Recovery and Risk Reduction $ 33,241.2 26.6 $ 23,195.1 23.3
Environmental Radiation Safety $ 12,328.2 44.6 $ 11,362.7 41.7
Radiation Safety $ 8,984.4 45.0 $ 8,354.4 38.5
Nuclear Facility Safety $ 4,187.5 20.1 $ 4,977.8 23.6
Non-Reporting Programs
Back Wages  $ 0.0 N/A $ 1,444.5 N/A
Totals $ 147,001.4 160.3 $ 131,380.1 153.7

Totals may not add due to rounding.

Agency Narrative

Illinois Emergency Management Agency 

Agency Accomplishments: July 1, 2019 -June 30, 2020

The State of Illinois is currently managing two (2) federally declared response and recovery operations while also responding to requests to support civil unrest operations throughout the state.  While coordinating two federal disaster operations is historic in and of itself, it is also important to point out that the last time Illinois secured a federal disaster declaration was 2012.  In addition to serving as the state agency responsible for coordinating the state’s response to emergencies or disasters, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is also tasked with serving as the point agency for coordinating recovery efforts for all federal disaster declarations.

Flooding: The Illinois Emergency Management Agency continues to assist local governments as they recover from the longest flood event in Illinois history. To date, the state has processed claims for 1,022 projects seeking more than $24.4 million in obligated federal funds for 342 applicants that experienced damage during the historic flooding along the Mississippi River, Illinois River and its tributaries. The state’s incurred costs associated with this flood event was covered by the FEMA public assistance program, and the state cost-share requirement was offset by donated resource. (July 2019)

Flooding: Coordinated the state response to flash flooding that occurred in the Metro East, specifically in the Granite City area.  The National Weather Service indicates a slow-moving thunderstorm produced anywhere between seven to nine inches of rainfall on the Granite City area on August 12.  Meteorologists confirm that given the already saturated ground conditions, there was nowhere for the heavy rain to go but into local creeks, streams and low-lying areas.  The Small Business Administration would later approve a disaster declaration for six Illinois counties which would provide low-interest, long-term loans to those impacted by the disaster. (august 2019)

ITTF: The Illinois Terrorism Task Force announced significant steps to improving trauma management training at schools in Illinois.  Following the recommendations of the School Safety Working Group, more than 7,000 STOP the Bleed kits were distributed to schools in Illinois.  STOP the Bleed is a national campaign intended to train, equip, and empower bystanders to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. (September 2019)

Flooding: IEMA coordinated the state’s request to seek disaster funds for individuals and business owners in Will and Cook County following a storm that led to torrential rain and severe flash flooding.  The U.S. Small Business Administration declared nine counties in northern Illinois a disaster area which resulted in the availability of for low-interest, long-term loans to assist those affected by the storm. (June 2019/September 2019)

ShakeOut: IEMA led a statewide initiative to register and participate in a world-wide earthquake drill, Great Shakeout.  Nearly 300,000 Illinois residents practiced the “drop, cover, hold on” technique that is advised for personal protection during an earthquake.  With active seismic zones flanking the state’s eastern and western border, it is critical that everyone know how to stay safe during an earthquake.  (October 2019)

COVID-19: In early 2020, the world was stricken by a global pandemic that has claimed more than 14,000 lives in State of Illinois, and 1.6 million worldwide.  The world stood at this virus’ mercy as it penetrated our communities, with no cure and very little answers to provide protection or prevention. To protect our most vulnerable citizens, travel bans were enacted, schools closed and city streets abandoned as Stay-At-Home orders were enacted as a first wave of defense against this deadly virus.  In the absence of resources from the federal government and a lack of national strategy to tackle this novel virus, under the direction of Governor JB Pritzker, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency built a state strategy to procure and transport critical personal protective equipment for frontline workers, first responders, long term care facilities, critical infrastructure workers, daycares, schools and more. The agency also oversaw the development of four alternate care facilities as an effort to build med-surg capacity at a time when our hospitals faced bed shortages. To ensure a coordinated response to this unprecedented disaster, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency established a Joint Information Center that brought together all state agencies to gather, coordinate and disseminate information with unified voice.  To that end, the Agency also created a COVID-19 hotline to answer questions from the general public as it related to COVID-19 and the various mitigation measures put in place to protect the public.  This hotline yielded more than 28,000 calls in three months of operation.  (January 2020)

Civil Unrest: Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, many cities across the nation erupted in protest sparking States of Emergency and the activation of the National Guard to protect the citizens right of peaceful protest. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency coordinated and supported the deployment of 1,200 Illinois National Guard personnel around the state in support of law enforcement operations.  This marked the first time in over 50 years that the Illinois National Guard had been deployed to the streets of Chicago.  (May 2020)

DNS: The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is now offering industrial radiographer exams at online testing centers in Illinois. IEMA certifies industrial radiographers that use x-ray machines or radioactive material to perform nondestructive testing of materials and objects to check for defects.  To become certified, applicants must successfully complete an exam once every five years, and, historically, the exams were proctored at two state facilities on a monthly basis.  This testing center paradigm allows applicants to take the exams throughout the state, and doesn’t require IEMA personnel to proctor the exams.

DNS: 2020 marked the completion of a comprehensive infrastructure project at IEMA’s Radiochemistry lab.  IEMA’s Radiochemistry Laboratory is integral to the state’s, and nation’s, response to a potential nuclear or radiation emergency. The laboratory had exceeded its expected lifetime, and a remodel was needed to enhance and expand the Agency’s emergency preparedness capabilities. The incorporation of technically advanced containment and an open design concept of workspaces has resulted in the expansion of emergency surge capacity, personnel coordination, and a reduction of service interruptions due to hazard throughout. The end product increases productivity and public safety while ensuring radiochemistry infrastructure will be maintained for decades.

 

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