IEMA announces UIUC first Illinois university to attain 'Ready to
Respond Campus' designation
initiative now open to campuses statewide
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[February 26, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD — Last week the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign became the first higher
education institution in the state to receive the "Ready to Respond
Campus" designation from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
UIUC is one of nine campuses in Illinois that participated in a
pilot of the Ready to Respond Campus program, an initiative aimed at
enhancing campus safety, preparedness and response efforts.
IEMA also announced the statewide launch of the Ready to Respond
Campus program. Participation in the program is voluntary.
"The Ready to Respond Campus designation represents the
university's strong commitment to ensuring the safety of their
students, staff and visitors to this campus," said IEMA director
Jonathon Monken. "Attaining the designation isn't easy, but UIUC
officials were diligent in their efforts to meet the program's
rigorous standards. The Ready to Respond Campus logo tells current
and prospective students and their parents that safety is a top
priority on this campus."
Monken presented the university with a metal sign bearing the
Ready to Respond Campus logo. The university also can use the logo
on official correspondence, websites, brochures and other media. The
designation is valid for three years, at which time UIUC officials
can submit updated documentation in order to renew its status.
"This is a fantastic statewide initiative that will benefit all
participating institutions, and we are honored to be the initial
recipient of the designation," said Jeffrey Christensen, executive
director of public safety and chief of police for the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "The preparation we have been doing to
earn it has strengthened our processes and approaches to address the
unpredictable emergencies that could happen at a large and complex
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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 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 education campaign.
Monken said IEMA expects other schools from the pilot program to
achieve the Ready to Respond Campus designation in the coming
months. Schools that took part in the pilot program were Augustana
College, Columbia College in Chicago, Heartland Community College,
Parkland College, Moraine Valley Community College, Richland
Community College, Southeastern Illinois College and Southern
Illinois University in Carbondale.
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.
Emergency Management Agency file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]