Illinois Governor Signs Campus Emergency Plans Bill

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a bill today requiring colleges and universities in the state to adopt emergency plans. The governor has been pushing for better emergency preparedness by colleges since the Feb. 14, 2008, shootings at Northern Illinois University, including Campus Community Emergency Response Teams at schools that were set up by recommendations in an April report by his Campus Security Task Force.

The Northern Illinois shootings took the lives of six people, including the gunman, who was a former graduate student at the school.

The measure Blagojevich signed on Friday directs schools to work with state and local emergency management officials starting Jan. 1, 2009, to conduct training and emergency response drills at least annually, Monique Garcia of the Chicago Tribune reported today.

"Training college and university personnel in basic emergency response techniques, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and first aid, will help us further enhance student safety at campuses throughout Illinois," the governor said earlier this month at a Campus Community Emergency Response Teams train-the-trainer session involving representatives of 40 schools. "Earlier this year, the Campus Security Task Force highlighted the Campus Community Emergency Response Team program in its report on campus security. I'm very pleased that we are able to offer this critical training as colleges and universities prepare for the new school year." The Campus CERT program equips campus police, public safety, security, emergency management, emergency medical services, and other appropriate personnel to train and lead CERT teams at their schools. The original CERT program was developed by the Los Angeles Fire Department in the early 1990s in response to earthquake disasters and later adapted as an "all-hazards" course by FEMA.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • The Top 5 Safety and Technology Trends to Watch

    Get the latest on trends you can expect to hear more about in 2019, including continued growth of mobile safety applications, wearable technology, and smart PPE; autonomous vehicles; pending OSHA recordkeeping rulemaking; and increased adoption of international safety standard, ISO 45001.

  • Analyze Incident Data

    Collect relevant incident data, analyze trends, and generate accurate regulatory reports, including OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 logs, through IndustrySafe’s extensive incident reporting and investigation module.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common training questions.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - January 2019

    January / February 2019

    Featuring:

    • PREVENTING ERRORS
      Production vs. Safety 
    • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH
      Meeting the Requirements for Emergency Equipment
    • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY
      The State of Contractor Safety
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      The Three Keys to Effective Chemical Management
    View This Issue