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Oglesby police chief reviews IVCC emergency plans

Illinois Valley Community College had its emergency plans reviewed by Oglesby Police Chief Jim Knoblauch last week.

Cheryl Roelfsema, IVCC's CFO, said in a phone interview the police chief looked over their emergency action plans and gave a presentation to staff and the emergency management committee at the college.

Knoblauch let the college know that in the event of an active shooter all five city police departments that are a part of the 911 dispatch center around the campus would respond, with Oglesby police arriving within two to five minutes.

He also spoke highly of the college’s current emergency plans, according to Roelfsema.

Roelfsema said the college has the action plans on the website and in every room, but a refresher course is always welcome.

“As we go by (the plans hanging on walls) every day it becomes commonplace, so it became evident that we let more people know that these are in place and we have been working with Oglesby,” Roelfsema said.

During a walkout organized by IVCC students, some expressed interest in learning about the college’s emergency plans and said they were unsure if the college had such plans in place.

Roeflsema said that plans have been established and are routinely reviewed, but said further outreach to students is likely in the future.

“With student orientation, we’ll do a better job of covering it,” Roelfsema said. “With new students, there’s a lot of information to get out to them, and part-time students, so we’re going to put more of an emphasis on that with student orientation.”

She added faculty will be trained to notify students of the emergency plans and evacuation maps present in the room.

Roelfsema said the walkout, and national discussion on the security in schools encourages educational institutions to review their plans with a fresh look and new ideas.

She said the college continues to review and tweak its plans, but at this time they’ve received positive comments from the police chief.

The college’s emergency response and campus violence protection plans can be found online at ivcc.edu/businessservices.aspx?id=14006.

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