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Indiana Department of Homeland Security

IDHS > About IDHS > Emergency Response and Recovery > Incident Management Assistance Team - IMAT Incident Management Assistance Team - IMAT

The Indiana Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) is the forward response team for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) during times of disaster and large scale emergencies.  While the team is hosted by IDHS, the team consists of members from multiple state agencies and is designed to handle all types of emergency incidents.

The IMAT is primarily used to support local jurisdictions in a mentoring and advisory capacity.  However, the IMAT may also be utilized to assume command and manage incidents in certain circumstances.  Regardless of its assigned mission, the IMAT will remain the forward eyes and ears at the most critical areas of a disaster for the State Emergency Operations Center.

The IMAT excels in applying advanced concepts of the Incident Command System and uses advanced technology to facilitate communications while at disaster scenes.  Additionally, the IMAT has a direct link to the State EOC and expertise in knowing what state resources are available, where they are and how to apply them into a response effort. This allows the IMAT to streamline allocation of state resources to the most critical areas of a disaster when it is needed the most.

The IMAT may also be requested to support other states during times of catastrophe. Currently, the IMAT has team members from the following agencies:

  • Indiana Department of Homeland Security
  • Indiana Department of Labor
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Integrated Public Safety Commission
  • Indiana Office of Technology
  • Family Social Services Administration
  • Department of Correction
  • Department of Environmental Management
  • Indiana State Police
  • Indiana University Emergency Management

For more information about the IMAT, contact Mark Olson.