Ready to Respond Community Program Encourages Municipal, County Officials to Enhance Emergency Preparedness
SPRINGFIELD – Municipalities and counties throughout Illinois will be able to seek state recognition for efforts to enhance emergency preparedness in their communities under an initiative announced today by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). The Ready to Respond Community Program will challenge local officials to take steps to ensure government representatives, businesses and citizens are better prepared for all types of disasters.
“The Ready to Respond Community initiative will take community preparedness to a new level by emphasizing the ‘whole community’ approach to emergency preparedness,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. “The program encourages local governments to bring together volunteer and not-for-profit organizations, private industry and citizens to enhance overall preparedness in their community.”
Through the Ready to Respond Community program, municipal and county governments will be recognized when their local officials complete a series of planning, training, exercise and public outreach benchmarks that address core emergency management competencies. These benchmarks will be evaluated by IEMA against criteria for Ready to Respond Community designation.