Northern Evacuation

Our southern neighbor has been losing sleep over the NATO Summit (May 20-21) since it was announced. As the event looms closer on the horizon, another (hopefully) excessive precaution has come to light: a possible evacuation to Milwaukee. CBS Chicago reported that the American Red Cross in southeastern Wisconsin has been asked to “place a number of shelters on standby in the event of evacuation of Chicago.” The tip came from an e-mail sent out to Milwaukee-area volunteers. But who asked? The Red Cross says the City of Chicago and the Secret Service, but CBS couldn’t get confirmation. It’s possible…

Our southern neighbor has been losing sleep over the NATO Summit (May 20-21) since it was announced. As the event looms closer on the horizon, another (hopefully) excessive precaution has come to light: a possible evacuation to Milwaukee.

CBS Chicago reported that the American Red Cross in southeastern Wisconsin has been asked to “place a number of shelters on standby in the event of evacuation of Chicago.” The tip came from an e-mail sent out to Milwaukee-area volunteers.

But who asked? The Red Cross says the City of Chicago and the Secret Service, but CBS couldn’t get confirmation. It’s possible neither organization wants to worry Chicago residents so they’re keeping mum.

But there’s no doubt the city is on high alert. Although the event is still more than three weeks away, federal agents in “battle” gear are expected to arrive in the city as early as next week. Will this anxiety seep across the border? Let’s hope not.

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Abby Callard was an assistant editor at Milwaukee Magazine from 2012-2014. Her journalistic pursuits have seen her covering the Hispanic community in mid-Missouri, politics in Washington, D.C., art and culture for Smithsonian magazine, the social enterprise space in India and health care in Chicago. Abby has a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.