emergency managers and nine Illinois
colleges and universities have started a program intended to improve emergency
readiness on campuses.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency
and schools such as the University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University and Augustana College launched the program Monday.
The program is intended to offer
participating schools a framework to plan and prepare for emergencies.
Jonathon Monken is executive director of
the emergency management agency. He said campus emergency preparedness has
become more important since a mass shooting at Northern Illinois
University in 2008.
Other schools involved are Columbia College
in Chicago, Heartland
Community College in Normal,
Community College in Palos
Hills, Richland Community College in Decatur
and Southeastern Illinois
College in Harrisburg.
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