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Maine Township Personnel Ready for Flooding Emergencies

l to r, Mike Samaan of the Maintenance Department, Larry Bunyon from the Code Enforcement Office, and Peter Douvalakis of the Highway Department April 4, 2011 — In preparation for possible hazardous weather this year, 11 Maine Township employees—three from the Office of Emergency Management, two from Maine Township, and six from the Highway Department attended training in March to learn new skills in dealing with potential flooding emergencies.

Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, United States Army Corp of Engineers, Cook County Highway Department and Cook County Sheriff's Work Alternative Program partnered in a program which was designed for emergency management and public works personnel as first responders in the event of a flood. Including both classroom instruction and hands on experience, the training covered how to pack sand bags as well as the most effective way to build dikes along waterways.

"Because the National Weather Service has predicted that flooding hazards could be particularly high for 2011, this preparedness training is a vital part of our commitment to the citizens of Maine Township," said Carol A. Teschky, Maine Township Supervisor. "We want to make sure we have done everything that the Township is permitted to do to protect the residents in the event of a natural disaster."

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