U of I first to achieve ‘Ready to Respond’ status

U of I first to achieve ‘Ready to Respond’ status

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Police arrive at the Columbia Mall after a fatal shooting on January 25, 2014, in Columbia, Maryland. Three people were killed in a shooting at the popular shopping mall, located about 45 minutes outside Washington, authorities said Saturday. Howard County, Maryland, Police announced the fatalities and urged people inside the Mall "to stay in place."Police said one of the dead was "located near gun and ammunition." AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 4:52 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 21 at 4:52 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the first school in Illinois to earn the state’s “Ready to Respond” designation for campus safety and preparedness.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency announced the designation Thursday and said the voluntary program is now available statewide.

Illinois was one of nine schools to participate in a pilot program in meeting stringent criteria for “Ready to Respond.”

To qualify, a college or university must meet guidelines that address hazard identification, assess risks to safety and analyze possible consequences. School officials must do operational planning, incident management, train their staffs and conduct exercises.

Each campus must also have a violence-prevention plan and conduct an education campaign.

Emergency Management Director Jonathon Monken says other schools in the pilot program should qualify soon.

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