Setting a new strategy

By on July 8, 2012

IEMA seeks input on state’s Homeland Security strategy, will hold Sugar Grove town hall meeting
SPRINGFIELD—Representatives from first responder agencies, the education community, private businesses, the public and other groups and organizations in northern Illinois provided input into development of the state’s new homeland security strategy during a town hall meeting June 28 at Waubonsee Community College Academic and Professional Center’s Event Room, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive in Sugar Grove. The meeting was the seventh in a series of eight meetings held across the state since last fall.

The town hall meetings are part of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s (IEMA) Illinois Homeland Security Vision 2020, a statewide, grass-roots initiative to engage Illinois’ residents and organizations in the revision of the state’s strategy for dealing with current and emerging threats and risks, as well as response to disasters.

Input from the series of town hall meetings will be consolidated and presented in a final summit in Springfield in September 2012.

“The face of homeland security has changed since 9/11, and our strategy for ensuring the safety of people in Illinois must evolve to adequately address those changes,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. “We need to engage the whole community, including the public and private sectors, as well as individual citizens, to craft a policy that will carry us through 2020 and beyond.”

Vision 2020 is similar to the process the state of Illinois undertook in 2001, shortly after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. That process resulted in the development of a statewide homeland security program that is recognized as one of the best in the nation.