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U of I "Ready to Respond"

Updated: Friday, February 21 2014, 11:24 AM CST

If an emergency happens on campus the University of Illinois is officially able to handle it.

Thursday, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency announced that they're quote "Ready to Respond" campus. Meaning, the University is able to provide a safer campus environment. And if something happens campus police will have a stronger plan to identify hazards, designate who's in charge, and alert the community.

U of I Lieutenant Todd Short says the designation just reaffirms what police are currently doing to protect the campus.

"It's an all hazards plan that we put together that regardless of what happens, whether it's large in scale, medium or perhaps even smaller in scale - the processes that we've got outlined in our basic emergency operations plan will be able to be mitigate whatever it is that we're dealing with," Short says.

"That's what this program can ultimately provide is, it gives you that blueprint, it gives you that checklist. It gives you that set of instructions to say -- this is where i need to focus my efforts," says IEMA Director Jonathon Monken.

The "Ready to Respond" designation comes after the university took part in a safety pilot program through IEMA. The university is the first higher education institution in the state to attain this title.

U of I "Ready to Respond"


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