News

UIUC “Ready to Respond”

UIUC “Ready to Respond”

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

An emergency – man-made, natural, or technological – could be here in five minutes or less.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the first campus in the state designated Ready to Respond by the state’s Emergency Management Agency. From the campus police, Lt. Todd Short employs all-hazard planning.

“We do not advocate having an active shooter plan, or a tornado plan, or a hazardous materials plan,” Short says. “What we want to do is make sure the people in our buildings know how to evacuate; or, if they can’t evacuate, how to shelter themselves in place.” Those two principles, Short says, are the most important things in any emergency.

Short says you can’t guarantee nothing bad will happen, and you’re still more likely to get hit by a car than be a victim of a school shooter.

Recent Headlines

in Local

New Illinois Schools Chief Says Funding Fix Could Take Years

Tony Smith

Smith also says charter schools should be part of the mix.

in Local

Debate in General Assembly over Civics Class Requirement

Illinois General Assembly

Bill also passed to use e-learning in Illinois schools during inclement weather.

in Local

Autism Programs Hopeful Lawmakers Will Come to Their Rescue

autism

Providers say some programs may not survive if funding is not restored.

in Local

DeWitt Co. Settlement OK’d in Dispute to Put Toxic Waste Over Aquifer

water

DeWitt county has approved a settlement with a landfill company.

in Local

Kankakee Co. Sheriff Describes Security Lapses that led to Inmate Escape

inmate_exiting_kamron_taylor

Sheriff Tim Bukowski says investigators found no inmate count had been done.