During the National Homeland Security Association (NHSA) Conference in New York City this week, Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) Deputy Director of Emergency Management Tom Sivak was honored with the Association’s 2018 Leadership Award. The annual conference brings together public safety professionals from the nation’s largest metropolitan areas to share best practices and innovative approaches to preparedness and response.
“Deputy Director Tom Sivak’s contributions to Chicago’s emergency operations and planning for natural, man-made and cyber events have been key factors in securing the city’s safety and security. Recognition from this highly respected national organization serves as a tribute to the dedication and expertise that Tom brings to OEMC and the City of Chicago.”
The award is given in memory of Colonel Robert E. Williams, one of the founders of NHSA. The leadership award is given to highlight exemplary leadership skills in the day-to-day management of homeland security operations or during a particularly crucial event, going above and beyond in their duties and dedication to responsibilities.
As Deputy Director of Emergency Management for the City of Chicago’s OEMC, he is in charge of special event and emergency/disaster planning. Tom is responsible for the City’s 24/7 Operations Center, Emergency Operations Center, emergency management duty activations, and emergency management/homeland security training and planning. During his tenure Tom has lead Emergency Operations activations for large-scale events including: annual events such as the Chicago Marathon and Pride Parade, 2015 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup clinch game and victory parade, and the 2016 World Series and victory parade. Most recently, Tom served as a lead coordinator for the repatriation of hurricane evacuees from St. Martin, and led coordinated recovery efforts for evacuees from Puerto Rico.