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  • Marion County man charged with arson - September 24, 2021

    Hammons, Allen booking photo

    A 26-year-old Marion County man has been charged with arson for allegedly setting fire to an Indianapolis house on Sept. 7.

    Allen Hammons is charged with Level 4 felony arson in connection with a fire reported on Sept. 7 at 3214 S. Foltz St. in Indianapolis. The fire caused no injuries but was determined to be incendiary by investigators with Decatur Township, Wayne Township and the Indiana State Fire Marshal.

    Investigators say Hammons was connected to the incident through witness statements and additional evidence gathered at the scene.

    He was arrested Sept. 17 without incident and is now in the Marion County Jail.

    Investigators encourage anyone with information regarding any potential arson to call the Indiana Arson Hotline at 1-800-382-4628. Information can be reported anonymously.

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    Media Contact:
    IDHS Office of Public Affairs
    pio@dhs.in.gov
    317-234-6713

  • Gov. Holcomb announces donation efforts for Afghan evacuees - September 16, 2021

    Update: Winter clothes such as coats, gloves, hats and long-sleeve shirts have been identified as highly needed items and are now being accepted at the armory donation sites.

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    Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced today a regional collection system to sort and deliver items donated by Hoosiers to the thousands of Afghan evacuees temporarily housed at Camp Atterbury. Several state agencies will collaborate to receive, sort and deliver the needed items.

    “Hoosiers have overwhelmingly responded to the needs of the Afghan evacuees and asked to help these men, women, children and families as they arrive in the United States,” Governor Holcomb said. “We are proud to do our part in helping those who have helped the United States and provide an organized collection effort to expedite getting the supplies to those who need them.”

    Nine Indiana National Guard armories will serve as regional collection sites for the public to drop off new items to help clothe and support the evacuees. Indiana Department of Correction and Indiana Department of Transportation personnel, with coordination from the State Emergency Operations Center and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, will work to ensure the donations are delivered to Camp Atterbury.

    Since the evacuees arrived in Indiana, volunteers from Team Rubicon, a national disaster response group, and the American Red Cross have been collaborating to provide them needed resources. Forty percent of the evacuees are children ages 14 and under.

    Only new items will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday starting Sept. 20 at the following National Guard armories:

    • Evansville: 3300 E. Division St.
    • Greenfield: 410 Apple St.
    • Rockville: 224 W. Strawberry Road
    • Danville: 1245 E. Main St.
    • Muncie: 401 N. Country Club Road
    • Indianapolis: Kessler-Moore Readiness Center, 2625 W. Kessler Blvd. North Drive
    • Fort Wayne: 130 W. Cook Road
    • South Bend: 1901 Kemble Ave.
    • New Albany: 2909 Grant Line Road

    The following items are being accepted at the armories because they have been identified as needed the most. The items should be in their original packaging:

    • Men’s and women’s unbranded, modest clothes such as long sleeve t-shirts, underwear, pants and jackets in sizes small to large. No shorts or tank tops.
    • Children’s clothing, including baby and newborn clothes, hats and socks
    • Powdered baby formula
    • Socks, hats, shoes and slide-on sandals (no flip flops) for evacuees of all ages

    Any organization or business seeking to make a large donation and cannot deliver to a designated site should contact IDHS at privatesector@dhs.in.gov.

    Anyone wishing to donate additional items through Team Rubicon can find more information here.

    Hoosiers interested in making monetary donations can do so through Team Rubicon or the American Red Cross at the following links:

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    Media Contact:
    Erin Murphy
    Office of Governor Eric J. Holcomb
    emurphy2@gov.in.gov
    317-618-7635

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    Indiana Firefighters Respond to Train Derailment

    8/20/21

    Hundreds of homes lost power Thursday after an 80-car CSX train derailed in Fountaintown, about 25 miles east of downtown Indianapolis in Shelby County. ... Other responding agencies included Shelbyville Fire Department, the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. ...

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    Indiana Firefighters Respond to Train Derailment

    8/20/21

    Hundreds of homes lost power Thursday after an 80-car CSX train derailed in Fountaintown, about 25 miles east of downtown Indianapolis in Shelby County. ... Other responding agencies included Shelbyville Fire Department, the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. ...

    Follow the story from Firehouse.com

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    Indiana Emergency Medical Services Face Growing Strain

    8/15/21

    An increase in ambulance calls across Indiana and fewer emergency medical workers has officials raising concerns about longer response times and growing delays in moving seriously ill patients to larger hospitals. The number of ambulance calls grew 44% since 2018 to more than 1 million last year, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. ...

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    Indiana Emergency Medical Services Face Growing Strain

    8/15/21

    An increase in ambulance calls across Indiana and fewer emergency medical workers has officials raising concerns about longer response times and growing delays in moving seriously ill patients to larger hospitals. The number of ambulance calls grew 44% since 2018 to more than 1 million last year, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. ...

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    Indiana National Guard Practices Disaster Response

    8/16/21

    More than 500 Indiana National Guard Soldiers and Airmen and civilian first responders trained together to respond to a disaster Aug. 13-15 in a scenario that involved a catastrophic earthquake, chaos and cyberattacks. The Indiana National Guard, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Task Force One, Indiana Office of Technology and other state and local partners teamed up to conduct the training event at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center. ...

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    Indiana National Guard Practices Disaster Response

    8/16/21

    More than 500 Indiana National Guard Soldiers and Airmen and civilian first responders trained together to respond to a disaster Aug. 13-15 in a scenario that involved a catastrophic earthquake, chaos and cyberattacks. The Indiana National Guard, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Task Force One, Indiana Office of Technology and other state and local partners teamed up to conduct the training event at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center. ...

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SBA Disaster Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration is helping Hoosiers in more than a dozen Indiana counties recover from severe storms and flooding from June 2021. Learn more about the efforts in the July 7 press release below.

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SBA Disaster Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration is helping Hoosiers in more than a dozen Indiana counties recover from severe storms and flooding from June 2021. Learn more about the efforts in the July 7 press release below.

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