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Emergency Management and Preparedness

Emergency Management and Preparedness

About the Emergency Management and Preparedness Division

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Emergency management logo

The Emergency Management and Preparedness Division provides the support, tools and resources to ensure that the state of Indiana can build, sustain and improve its capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. IDHS supports first responders and communities as they prepare for and respond to disasters and large-scale events. This includes:

  • Leading and engaging stakeholders at all levels (local, state and federal) to assess risks, create plans, train personnel and practice responses
  • Operating a state-of-the-art emergency operations center to provide a communication hub for sharing information and effectively orchestrating resource logistics when disasters overwhelm local emergency management resources or capabilities
  • Coordinating the state’s response to communities that need help responding to disasters or implementing plans and processes to mitigate them
  • Managing damage assessments and serving as the liaison to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) when distributing individual assistance and public assistance to damaged communities to help them recover
  • Working with communities on mitigation projects that protect citizens from the natural or man-made disasters relevant to Indiana


New Podcast Episode Headphones icon FEMA Region 5 Administrator Tom Sivak discusses disaster preparedness and response during floods. Listen now

Tornado damage from overhead
Tornado damage from overhead
Presidential Disaster Declaration and Disaster Assistance

President Joe Biden has declared a major disaster area in 12 counties due to storms, winds and tornadoes on March 31-April 1, 2023. Federal funding is being made available to the affected individuals in those counties. Visit to apply for help. The deadline to apply is June 14, 2023. For more information:

FEMA Assistance Approved: $1,692,588.24
Latest update: May 31

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