Division of Emergency Response and Recovery
The IDHS Division of Emergency Response and Recovery assists local emergency response leaders who coordinate or support local incident management at major or complex emergencies or disasters. The division also assists individuals and local jurisdictions with recovery from natural or man-made disasters, in addition to coordinating mitigation programs designed to reduce the impact of future disasters on a community.
As Response and Recovery Division Director, Erin Rowe serves as advisor to the executive leadership team and works closely with agencies and whole community stakeholders to collectively prepare their jurisdictions to protect, prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from natural and technological emergencies.
Ms. Rowe previously served as Executive Director of Hamilton County Emergency Management, where she worked with local public information officers to create a Joint Information System in the county, enhanced partnerships with local hospitals and healthcare facilities while supporting the District 5 Health Care Coalition, and the revitalization of the Hamilton County Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD). Prior to her work with Hamilton County, Rowe served as an Emergency Management Coordinator for the IUPUI campus, where she facilitated the all-hazard emergency planning and coordination projects related to enhancing, improving and maintaining emergency management and business continuity functions on campus through coordination with university organizations on campus. Ms. Rowe was part of the IDHS team in 2011 and honed her skills as Operations Section Chief and as an Emergency Planner. Ms. Rowe graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Criminal Justice, Public Safety Management concentration.