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About the Emergency Management and Preparedness Division

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The mission of the Emergency Management and Preparedness Division is to provide "the support, tools and resources to ensure that the State of Indiana can build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards." A primary role for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) is to support first responders and communities as they prepare for and respond to a disaster or large-scale event. IDHS operates a state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to provide a communication hub for sharing information and effectively orchestrating resource logistics when a disaster overwhelms local emergency management resources or capabilities. The Emergency Management and Preparedness Division coordinates the state’s response to communities that need help responding to disaster or implementing plans and processes to mitigate natural disasters.

By working with communities on mitigation projects that protect citizens from the natural or man-made disasters relevant to Indiana, the division represents the state’s commitment to helping Hoosiers and other states when disaster strikes. This could include equipment, personnel, incident management and other resources to help citizens recover from incidents. The division also manages damage assessments and serves as the liaison to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) when distributing individual assistance and public assistance to damaged communities.


Recent News
  • COVID-19 Funeral Expense Assistance Available: FEMA provides financial help for funeral expenses related to COVID-19. The agency may reimburse individuals for funeral expenses for people whose death certificate indicates their death was attributed to COVID-19 and occurred in the United States or its territories. Share information about this FEMA program by letting Hoosiers know they can apply by calling 844-684-6333 to speak with a FEMA representative. More information is available on the FEMA website.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated Tippecanoe County as a primary county natural disaster area due to losses caused by frost and freeze in April 2021. Seven other surrounding counties were included as eligible for assistance.
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