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Daley Defends Chicago's Emergency Preparedness

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Chicago officials are defending the city’s emergency preparedness in response to a critical federal report released today.

The report says there are major problems with the ability of emergency agencies to communicate during a catastrophe.

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says Chicago’s emergency call-in systems can compete with systems elsewhere.

“We’d point out that we’d listen to any constructive criticism...but again, we get back to what we have accomplished, basically, in 911 and 311 systems. No other city has what we have as 911 and 311,” Daley says.

Only six US cities and territories got top grades for emergency coordination and communication.

The report gave its lowest scores to Chicago and four other US areas including the American Samoa.

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