Nine colleges and universities in Illinois are getting the chance to prove that they’re prepared for an emergency.  The Illinois Emergency Management Agency announced an initiative Monday to enhance safety for students, staff and visitors on college and university campuses.
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“The Ready to Respond Campus program will recognize those institutions that meet rigorous standards for ensuring the safety of their students, staff and visitors,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken.  “The Ready to Respond Campus designation will let current and prospective students and their parents know that safety is a top priority on the campus.”
The nine schools in on the pilot program:
  • Augustana College, Rock Island
  • Columbia College, Chicago
  • Heartland Community College, Normal
  • Parkland College, Champaign
  • Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills
  • Richland Community College, Decatur
  • Southeastern Illinois College, Harrisburg
  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • University of Illinois, Champaign
To attain the Ready to Respond Campus designation, colleges must demonstrate compliance with standards for hazard identification, operational and violence prevention planning, incident management, training, exercises and crisis communications and public education. Colleges and universities meeting the criteria will be designated a Ready to Respond Campus and can use the Ready Campus logo on official correspondence,  websites, brochures and other media for three years.  They will be able to renew their Ready to Respond Campus designation by submitting updated documentation at that time.