The people who run toward the danger, and help clean up after it, are renewing their skills at the Illinois Emergency Management Conference in Springfield. “Programs are changing all the time,” says Jonathon Monken, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, “and the way that we respond to disasters changes all the time. An example is: FEMA has an entirely new system of debris removal following an event like a tornado.”
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The conflict of man vs. man takes its place alongside the tornadoes and such. Monken says, theoretically, even though the Connecticut school shootings occurred over a five-minute span, the emergency response time could have been shorter had the Sandy Hook school office and classrooms been equipped with panic buttons, like the ones banks have.