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 Entertainment, Weird

Kid celebrates World Book Day by going to school dressed as Christian Grey

50shades

The 11-year-old was sent home from school after he came in a costume modeled after the S&M-loving star of "Fifty Shades of Grey."

in Music

Grateful Dead plan Jerry Garcia tribute

jerrygarcia

The surviving members will perform a concert billed as "Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music Of Jerry Garcia."

in Entertainment

Stallone adapting ‘The Expendables’ for TV

expendable

The "Rambo" star has signed a deal to develop the series, which will unite action stars on a mission to stop a terrorist.