U of I first to achieve Ready to Respond status - KMOV.com

U of I first to achieve Ready to Respond status

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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