ChicagoFIRST Goals

ChicagoFIRST initially formed to address three  issues:

    1. Developing information sharing protocols with local and state emergency response agencies to ensure that members receive access to trusted, real-time information. Formal, joint procedures were developed beginning in 2004;
    2. Working with Chicago on evacuation planning
      • ChicagoFIRST assisted in planning and implementing a mass evacuation drill in 2006
      • Mass Evacuation Safety – After the 2006 Evacuation Drill, the City of Chicago produced this life safety video that provides tips and information for evacuation training and during a real evacuation.
      • In 2010, ChicagoFIRST collaborated with the City on another evacuation exercise where 500 volunteers from the Aon Center and the Blue Cross Blue Shield building exercised evacuating their premises and relocating to a Hub Resource Center at Soldier Field while volunteers from Northern Trust Bank and BMO Harris Bank participated in a shelter-in-place exercise.
    3. Collaborating with the City and other private organizations on developing and implementing a credentialing program.

In 2017, ChicagoFIRST goals include working with our public sector partners before, during and while recovering from emergencies.  Our areas of focus are Crisis Management, Business Continuity, Cyber Security, Physical Security and Life Safety.   Our activities include planning, exercises, situational awareness and intelligence broadcasts, and facilitating recovery from emergencies. ChicagoFIRST’s overall goal is to get the community back to normal as soon as possible.

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Testimonials

  • ChicagoFIRST has truly made a positive difference to the collective emergency preparedness and business continuity of Chicago’s financial community.  It has become a model for many other cities throughout the country.  We are especially grateful that the City of Chicago has an impressive reputation for working together with its business community, the State of Illinois and federal government agencies, and other key organizations through the ChicagoFIRST partnership structure.  This approach is extremely effective and helpful in supporting the broader Federal Reserve objective of maintaining a stable financial system.

    Gordon Werkema, First Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • ChicagoFIRST is a dynamic, cutting edge organization and a model for how regional public/private partnerships can enhance the resiliency of financial institutions. ChicagoFIRST was founded because of the foresight of the Chicago financial services community, and it succeeds because of the cooperation and encouragement of the public sector, especially the City of Chicago and State of Illinois.

    Rahm Emanuel, 5th Congressional District (D-IL)
  • The timely and accurate information streams that I receive through ChicagoFIRST more than justify membership. When the airplane landed in the Hudson River in New York City in January 2009, I learned about it before my colleagues in New York did.

    Michael Wallace, Vice President, BMO Harris Bank

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