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About Emergency Management Agencies
Emergencies begin and end locally, and Indiana’s county emergency management agencies fill that first line of response. Taking steps to reducing vulnerability to hazards, coping with disasters and liaising with other counties and the state are important aspects of these agency’s day-to-day lives. Emergency managers work with other public safety partners as well as other organizations within a community to prepare for, mitigate, respond to and recover from an emergency.
Ten IDHS District Coordinators support local governmental units in all phases of emergency management. The primary role of District Coordinators is to provide comprehensive emergency management/homeland security guidance in the areas of preparedness, training, planning, response and recovery to their respective districts. Coordinators also act as technical consultants to local emergency management agencies, which includes clarifying and interpreting all procedures, grant funding guidance, provide references and resolving disputes. District Coordinators also work very closely with first responders, universities and local hospitals.