Illinois STOP The Bleed Initiative
Following the recommendations of the School Safety Working Group, more than 7,000 STOP the Bleed kits have been distributed to schools in Illinois ahead of the 2019-2020 school year.
STOP the Bleed is a national campaign intended to train, equip and empower bystanders to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. A STOP the Bleed kit contains a two pair Nitril gloves, one 6-inch emergency trauma dressing, two responder compressed gauze, CAT tourniquet, trauma scissors, survival blanket, instruction booklet and permanent marker.
The Illinois Terrorism Task Force is calling on those in our medical community, volunteer organizations and police and fire community to join this mission. In order to meet the demand of the more than 5,000 public and private schools in Illinois, more trainers are needed to provide this invaluable hands-on training. IMERT, in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Women’s Health, has pledged to train one thousand school nurses by February 2020. Yet, even more help is needed. The 90-minute STOP the Bleed training was developed by the American College of Surgeons specifically for the public and is offered by trained healthcare and public safety volunteers at no associated cost to the school. To find a training course, or learn more about how your organization can help provide training, visit
Tornado Preparedness for Illinois Schools
The following video and accompanying checklist provide emergency planning assistance to schools in re-evaluating, expanding and enhancing their tornado shelter plans and preparing for an event.
Tornado Preparedness Video
Tornado Preparedness Checklist for Schools (PDF)