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About Emergency Management

Emergencies begin and end locally, and Indiana's county emergency management agencies (EMAs) 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 agencies' day-to-day lives. Emergency managers work with other public safety partners and organizations within communities to prepare for, mitigate, respond to and recover from emergencies.

Each county in the state has its own emergency management agency to help communities prepare for disasters and emergencies and to be the local link to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, which provides assistance financially and operationally in significant emergencies. Find contact information for your county’s EMA

Homeland Security Liaisons

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Homeland Security Liaison contacts

Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) Liaisons support local governmental units in all phases of emergency management. The primary role of Homeland Security Liaisons is to provide comprehensive emergency management/homeland security guidance in the areas of preparedness, training, planning, response and recovery to their respective districts. Liaisons also act as technical consultants to local emergency management agencies, which includes clarifying and interpreting all procedures, grant funding guidance, provide references and resolving disputes. Homeland Security Liaisons also work very closely with first responders, universities and local hospitals.

Districts 1, 2, 3 and 4: Contact Stormy Friday at northliaison@dhs.in.gov.
Districts 5, 6 and 7: Contact Ben Esterline and Jerry Sears at centralliaison@dhs.in.gov
Districts 8, 9 and 10: Contact Tonda Dixon and Jesse Minnick at southliaison@dhs.in.gov.

EMA Training

IDHS is responsible for providing a comprehensive training program based on the needs of the state in the areas of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. To help raise and maintain professional standards in emergency management and recognize individuals who have demonstrated basic competencies in the field, IDHS offers a certification program called the Professional Emergency Manager (PEM) Program. Learn more about it and other resources for emergency management professionals below.

Emergency Management Resources

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