Heartland Community College is in the state’s pilot Ready to Respond emergency preparedness program. (Photo courtesy of Heartland Community College)
By Stephanie Pawlowski and Tim Dittman
NORMAL - Heartland Community College is one of nine state colleges and universities that are Ready to Respond.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency announced the pilot program Monday with a focus on enhanced safety for students, staff and visitors on college and university campuses.
Heartland won the designation by demonstrating compliance with standards for hazard identification, operational and violence prevention planning, incident management, training, crisis communications and public education.
IEMA Director Jonathon Monken said the designation is more than just a plan on a shelf.
“The Ready to Respond Campus program will recognize those institutions that meet rigorous standards for ensuring the safety of their students, staff and visitors,” said Monken. “The Ready to Respond Campus designation will let current and prospective students and their parents know that safety is a top priority on the campus.”
Heartland has to renew the designation every three years.
The other schools in the pilot program include Augustana College in Rock Island, Columbia College in Chicago, Parkland College in Champaign, Moraine View Community College in Palos Hills, Richland Community College in Decatur, Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and the University of Illinois in Champaign.