Description & History

The Chicagoland has experienced severe weather storms in the last decade and is expected to experience more in higher magnitudes. In partnership with Cities of Service, the City of Chicago is offering four (4), grants of up to $4,000 in supplies for community organizations to host a Gear Up Get Ready (GUGR) Stormwater Workshop and support community-led stormwater mitigation projects.

In April 2013, Chicago experienced the wettest April in its history leading to massive floods in Westside communities. The damages caused by stormwater cost the City and private residents millions of dollars in damages. Residents were especially susceptible to basement flooding. The Gear Up Get Ready Stormwater workshops will host presentations on emergency preparedness, home preparedness, and green infrastructure to prepare residents for severe rainstorms. Residents who attend the workshops will also participate in the implementation of a green infrastructure project in the community.

About the organization

Cities of Service

Samira Hanessian
Project Manager
Jai-W Hayes-Jackson
Project Manager