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About the Division of Emergency Response and Recovery

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People at computers in a control room

The mission of the Division of Emergency Response and Recovery 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 Response and Recovery division coordinates the state’s response to communities that need help responding to disaster or implementing plans and processes to mitigate natural disasters.

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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.

Sections and Services

  • Emergency Management
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    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.

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  • EOC Operations
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    The State of Indiana Emergency Operations Center, located in the lower level of the Indiana Government Center, functions as a central coordination center for subject matter experts and key organization personnel who facilitate an effective, direct and coordinated response to the needs of the citizens of Indiana in the event of a natural disaster or significant events.

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  • Equipment
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    IDHS retains several vehicles for emergency operations and responses as well as for training purposes. This equipment allows the department mobility that is vital when disasters strike around the state.

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  • Exercise
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    The Exercise Section provides first responders, volunteers, elected officials, emergency managers, private industry and others a chance to implement the skills necessary to protect lives and property through simulated catastrophic events. The goal of the section is to improve the overall readiness and core capabilities of emergency response by validating training, emergency plans and procedures to reveal strengths and weaknesses, demonstrate operational capabilities and to prepare personnel for real-world events.

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  • Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT)
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    The Indiana Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) is the forward response team for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) during times of disaster and large scale emergencies. While the team is hosted by IDHS, the team consists of members from multiple state agencies and is designed to handle all types of emergency incidents.

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  • Individual Assistance
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    The Recovery Branch administers Individual Assistance as provided under federal law during a Presidential Declared Disaster. The Other Needs Assistance program is part of the FEMA Individuals and Households Program. These programs provide disaster assistance in form of grants for home repair, rental assistance, and personal property lost or damaged during the disaster for homeowners and renters.

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  • Mitigation and Recovery
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    The Indiana Department of Homeland Security Hazard Mitigation Assistance Programs are designed to assist states, territories, federally-recognized tribes, and local communities in reducing overall risk to the population and structures from future natural hazard events.

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  • Planning
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    The Planning Section facilitates, manages, supports and revises the ongoing enhancement of Indiana's All-Hazards Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, associated emergency support function annexes, standard operating procedures, checklists and planning support of local and state agency plans. The Planning Section ensures incorporation of the National Incident Management System and the National Response Framework components, principles and policies to state agency plans. The section also oversees and provides technical guidance for all state agency's continuity of operations plans and continuity of government planning, as well as conducting and analyzing statewide threat and hazard-risk assessments which provide the foundation to identify targeted training of emergency management professionals and development of exercises to validate and improve capabilities associated with identified assessment gaps.

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  • Public Assistance Grant Program
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    The mission of Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program is to provide assistance to state, tribal and local governments, and private non-profit organizations so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from man-made or natural disasters or emergencies declared by the President. Through the PA Program, FEMA provides supplemental Federal disaster grant assistance to include debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly-owned/eligible private non-profit facilities.

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