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No Threats In Chicago As Biden’s Inauguration Nears, But City Will Set Up Emergency Coordination Center

The center is used to coordinate public safety responses between the police, fire and city departments so they "are prepared to take protective action" if any issue arises.

File Photo: A Chicago Police patch seen on a Chicago Police officer on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.
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CHICAGO — Officials aren’t aware of any safety concerns for Chicago as President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration nears.

Still, the city will activate its Emergency Operations Center on Wednesday, the day of the inauguration, so emergency departments can better coordinate if any issue arises, according to a news release from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

The center is used to coordinate public safety responses between the police, fire and city departments so they “are prepared to take protective action,” according to the Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

Officials are also monitoring “the situation daily,” and adjustments to the safety plan will be made if needed, according to the city.

Residents can sign up online to receive emergency alerts from the city. Businesses can text 67283 to CHIBIZ to receive emergency alerts that could affect their businesses.

Many are concerned about possible violence Wednesday in major cities and at state capitals after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in a violent riot earlier this month. At least five died as a result.

The Office of Emergency Management and Communications said its officials aren’t “aware of any actionable activity being planned in Chicago.”

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