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Communications & Dispatch

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) recognizes communications systems are vital during emergencies and maintains the following capabilities:

  • Dispatch and technical staff regularly participate in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Civil Air Patrol exercises in addition to responding to state emergencies and disasters.
  • To maintain contact between personnel in the field and the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), IDHS has a Mobile Command Center, which is on-call 24 hours a day.
  • Satellite phones have been installed in response vehicles, and a satellite dispatch system is installed in the SEOC.
  • IDHS maintains a Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) team of volunteer amateur radio operators that assist when government emergency management offices need communications support, such as in the event of an infrastructure failure. Learn more about the IDHS RACES team