The Illinois Emergency Management Agency has received feedback from local emergency personnel and government officials on how to respond to threats and disasters in East Central Illinois.
IEMA officials held a town hall meeting in Urbana on Thursday.
It's all a part of IEMA's Homeland Security Vision 2020 project, where the group hopes to develop a new emergency response plan for the state.
IEMA Director Jonathan Monken says the group holds the comments from these meetings in a high regard.
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IEMA officials stressed on Thursday that responding to a disaster starts at the local level, and that everyone should know exactly what to do.
IEMA Assistant Director Joseph Klinger says one group in particular needs to be educated the most.
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Thursday's session in Urbana was the second of eight town hall meetings that IEMA is conducting around the state as part of its Homeland Security Vision 2020 initiative.
The comments from those meetings will be consolidated and presented during a final summit in Springfield next September.