SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Preparing for disasters can be thankless work, but the Illinois Emergency Management Agency wants to change that.
The agency announced this week a new program that will designate "Ready to Respond Communities" across Illinois.
The program will recognize municipal and county governments when local officials accomplish a series of planning, training, exercise and public outreach benchmarks.
Communities that get the designation can display a logo on websites, letterhead, documents and signs. The logo will signify they invested the time and resources to make sure their municipality or county is ready for an emergency.
The program will encourage local governments to work with volunteer and not-for-profit organizations, private industry and citizens to improve overall preparedness.