The Daily Herald has an article about the a successful implementation of the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management:

It didn’t take long for the new headquarters of DuPage County’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to be put to the test.

The roughly $1.5 million facility in Wheaton had been up and running just a couple months when a powerful July 1 storm left more than half the county without power.

“This state-of-the-art facility provides our staff with the cutting-edge technology to properly coordinate countywide response and recovery efforts from natural or man-made disasters,” county board Chairman Dan Cronin said.

Before converting about 10,000 square feet at the county’s former youth home, the OEM department was housed in another building commonly referred to as the “bunker.” Originally commissioned during the Cold War, the bunker was need of major repair when the county board decided to move the OEM department to its existing location.

“It allows us to do so many things that we physically couldn’t do just because of the constraints of where we were,” said OEM Director Norm Sturm, adding that the move was done in late May.

The county contributed about $330,000 to create the new location. Federal grant money paid for the rest of the renovation project.

The entire article is HERE.

thanks Chris