// State Wide in Illinois

These links are provided for informational purposes.

STATE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS INITIATIVES

Community Safety Institute
The Community Safety Institute (CSI) is a matrix organization of law enforcement, school, public safety, and local government management professionals. CSI specializes in development, training, and technical assistance initiatives for local, state, and federal government entities.

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
Bioterrorism Preparedness Section
Information for healthcare providers and the public regarding Bioterrorism preparedness and response.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA)
Every day Illinois’ citizens face natural, technological, chemical and manmade hazards that can produce situations that become disasters. Even though the probability of you or your family being injured or killed in a disaster is very low, it is extremely probable that its effects will impact your lives.

Illinois Medical Reserves Corps
The MRC was founded after President Bush’s 2002 State of the Union Address, in which he asked all Americans to volunteer in support of their country. It is a partner program with Citizen Corps, a national network of volunteers dedicated to ensuring hometown security. Citizen Corps, along with AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Peace Corps are part of the President’s USA Freedom Corps, which promotes volunteerism and service nationwide. MRC units are community-based and function as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year. MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources.

Illinois Region VII EMS
Region VII EMS, Emergency Medical Services, is an alliance of five EMS Systems, which consist of 15 hospitals, 115 fire departments & ambulance services, and nearly 5000 EMS providers.  The Region VII EMS website is a collaboration of information, programs, and events for our region.

Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council
MCHC is a membership and service association comprising more than 140 hospitals and health care organizations working together, since 1935, to improve the delivery of health care services in the Chicago area. The Council’s institutional members consist of hospitals (and their integrated delivery systems) in the eight-county Chicago area.  Associate members include hospitals outside these counties, as well as physician groups, nursing homes, outpatient treatment centers, insurers, medical schools and other health care organizations.

Northern Illinois University
Northern Illinois University is currently offering graduate and undergraduate Homeland Security certificate including Biochemical Sciences, Environmental Risks and Hazards Assessment, and Health Sciences tracks. This is part of a state grant aimed at increasing education in this area.

Rescue Riders
The Rescue Riders train bikers in emergency response and work hand in hand with federal, state, and local emergency response organizations. This public/private partnership allows us, as bikers, to utilize our enhanced mobility via two wheels while supporting our partners. Have you ever experienced grid lock during rush hour? Now imagine that that grid lock is wide spread due to tornadoes devastating the area. In that scenario it’s hard to get first responders and/or supplies into areas where they are needed. The ability to quickly deploy into areas where needed can literally mean the difference between life and death. In addition to providing transportation services to our partners, our Rescue Riders are trained in First Aid, CPR, accident scene management, basic medical triage, life support and much more. Rescue Riders are then aligned with the appropriate emergency response agency and act as volunteers for that agency when mobilized.