Monday, October 29, 2012

Important Information

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Important Information
Alderman Michelle A. Harris
8th Ward - City of Chicago
8th Ward Alderman
Michelle A. Harris
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please feel free to contact my office at (773) 874-3300

Thank You!!!!
Dear 8th Ward residents, block club leaders and friends,
Important Information
Here you will find new information that may be of interest to you.
Metra Meeting
The Metra Board of Directors at its October meeting approved the release of Metra's preliminary 2013 budget and 2014-2015 financial plan. The budget plan now will be the subject of a series of public hearings before the board votes on a final budget on Nov. 16th. Public hearings on Metra's 2013 budget will be held from Nov. 1 through 8 at locations throughout the six-county region. Copies of the preliminary budget are available for review on line at
. If you are unable to attend of the hearings, we encourage you to submit written comments to : Assistant Secretary to the Metra Board of Directors, 547 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60661 or email to:
  • Metra will host the City of Chicago Budget hearing on Wednesday, Nov., 7th from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Metra 547 W. Jackson Blvd. 13th Floor Board Room, Chicago.
Metra has scheduled a second round of strategic plan open house meetings through the Chicago area to provide an update on the process, give more details and solicit more public input.
  • The Strategic Plan Open House will be held on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Chicago State University Library Auditorium, 9501 S. King Drive, Chicago.
The materials for the open house meetings will be posted at
by Oct. 29. Feedback on the strategic plan can be emailed directly to if you are unable to attend.
Citizen Preparedness Plan
National Mass Evacuation Tracking System (NMETS) and Shelter Placement Implementation Plan
The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) is pleased to announce it is seeking qualified responses for an opportunity to assist in the education of community members on how to be prepared for and respond to emergencies, and to conduct on-the-ground activity in 19 counties throughtout Wisconsin, Indiana, and Northeastern Illinois, including the City of Chicago, as part of the Citizen Preparedness Plan.
The OEMC is also seeking qualified responses to expand on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Mass Evacuation Tracking System program, with shelter coordination and assessment tools which are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and inclusive of Funtional Needs Support Services.
These opportunites are made available under the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP), which is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The RFP opening date for both projects is October, 15, 2012. A pre-submittal information session for the Citizen Preparedness Plan will be held on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at OEMC, 1411 W. Madison Street. A pre-submittal information session for the NMETS will be held on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 10 a.m., at OEMC, 1411 W. Madison Street. All proposals are due on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at p.m. Central Standard Time. Late submissions will not be accepted. Awards are anticipated to be announced in November 2012.
The Request for Proposal (RFP) has specific deliverables that include, but are not limited to:
  • Evacuee tracking and placement implementation strategy
  • Evacuee tracking stakeholde committee
  • Evacuee tracking standard operating guide and template
  • Defined project management plan
  • Shelter placement coordination Concept of Operations Plan (CONPLAN)
  • Expand and maintain community Preparedness Campaign
  • Development and implementation of citizen Preparedness Plan
  • Update and expand the Public Informaiton and Warning Annex
  • Utilize volunteer partners
  • Develop plan evaluation tools
  • Identify and oversee whole community training and workshop
Additional guidance and application materials, including terms and conditions, will be posted online on the OEMC's website at

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