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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
  • Gov. Holcomb has declared a disaster emergency for Jefferson, Switzerland and Ohio counties due to storms, torrential rains and flooding. View the executive order
  • FEMA is hosting a series of webinars in October about its recently released emergency management guide for local elected and appointed officials. Learn more and register
  • Daviess County residents may be eligible for State Disaster Relief funding. IDHS reminds residents in Daviess County impacted by recent weather events to apply for assistance to the State Disaster Relief Fund if U.S. SBA resources prove unavailable. Read more on the Press Releases page.
  • IDHS and Indiana 211 are helping to collect reports of damage caused by flooding on Sept. 3 in Switzerland and Ohio counties.
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