IEMA announces Richland Community College
attains ‘Ready to Respond Campus’ designation
Richland is first community college, second
campus in state to complete program requirements
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[August 15, 2014]
– Richland Community College in Decatur today was recognized by the
Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) as the first community
college in Illinois to receive the Ready to Respond Campus
designation. Richland is the second Illinois campus to complete
program requirements; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
received the designation earlier this year.
Richland Community College was one of nine campuses in Illinois
that participated in a 2013 pilot of the Ready to Respond Campus
program, an initiative aimed at enhancing campus safety,
preparedness and response efforts. The program is voluntary and is
now open to all institutions of higher education in Illinois.
“All campuses have safety plans, but the rigorous standards of the
Ready to Respond Campus program take those plans to a higher level,”
said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. “The Ready to Respond Campus
logo tells students, parents, faculty and visitors that safety is a
top priority on this campus. I applaud Richland Community College
officials for their strong commitment to campus safety.”
Monken presented the college with a plaque bearing the Ready to
Respond Campus logo. The college can use the logo on official
correspondence, websites, brochures and other media. The designation
is valid for three years, at which time Richland Community College
officials can submit updated documentation in order to renew its
“The designation of a Ready to Respond campus is an indicator to our
community that Richland has taken significant steps to put in place
a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan to ensure campus safety.
While we cannot completely insulate the campus from unexpected
events, we can and should be prepared in an effort to mitigate
negative impacts to the best of our ability,” said Richland
Community College President Dr. Gayle Saunders.
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To achieve Ready to Respond Campus status, a college or
university must meet criteria that address hazard
identification, risk assessment and/or consequence analysis,
operational planning, incident management, training and
exercise. In addition, the campus must develop and maintain a
violence prevention plan and implement a campus outreach and
Monken said several other campuses have taken significant steps
toward the designation and will soon be recognized.
The Ready to Respond Campus program is the latest component of
Illinois’ Ready to Respond effort. IEMA announced the Ready to
Respond Community initiative in 2012 and plans to add Ready to
Respond Schools K-12 and Ready to Respond Business.
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