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  • Feb. 19-24 is Emergency Management Agency Appreciation Week - February 19, 2024
    Gov. Eric J. Holcomb honors Feb. 19-24 as Emergency Management Agency Appreciation Week

    Hoosier heroes step up to the plate to serve, protect and take care of Indiana every day. February 19 -24 honors a group of heroes who work year-round to ensure your county is ready to respond to a crisis.

    Counties throughout Indiana have emergency management offices that take steps to reduce their communities' vulnerability to hazards and to help cope with disasters. These Emergency Management Agencies (EMAs) work with other public safety partners and organizations to prepare for, mitigate, respond to and recover from emergencies.

    The Indiana Department of Homeland Security joins Gov. Eric J. Holcomb in recognizing the efforts and accomplishments of all its dedicated emergency managers statewide and invites Hoosiers to join in honoring them during EMA Appreciation Week.

    Recently, EMAs have been ramping up preparedness planning for the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024. They have been working with state agencies and their local partners to ensure their counties are ready to handle the influx of crowds. Their behind-the-scenes work will shine bright during a rare spectacle for Indiana.

    “Emergency Management Agencies have the foresight to see how events big and small will affect their communities. We have been working with them hand-in-hand to understand potential problems that may occur and how state partners can work with EMAs to mitigate any issues. We cannot keep Indiana safe without these partners,” said IDHS Executive Director Joel Thacker.

    IDHS will celebrate EMAs on FacebookX (formerly known as Twitter) and Instagram. Follow along to learn about the people putting in countless hours to keep you safe.

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

  • Witness sought in Lawrenceburg house fire - February 15, 2024

    Updates: Photos, vehicle type

    Men standing in driveway area

    Chevrolet pickup truck

    Indiana State Fire Marshal investigators seek help from the public in identifying a person who may have cell phone video of a home fire this week in Lawrenceburg.

    Fire crews responded to a home fire at about 1:24 p.m. on Tuesday at 17187 American Lane in rural Lawrenceburg. The fire was fully involved when crews arrived. No injuries were reported.

    Firefighters and the homeowner reportedly arrived on the scene to find a man filming the fire with a cell phone camera. He left in a black, newer model (2018-2022) Chevrolet truck with a crew cab and chrome trim.

    Investigators ask members of the public to contact the Indiana Arson Hotline at 1-800-382-4628 if they have any information about the fire or the man on scene. The man is considered only a witness at this time.

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

  • Status update on South Bend fatal fire - February 15, 2024
    Investigation continues to determine cause, no indication of foul play

    The Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office continues to investigate the cause and origin of the multiple fatality fire that occurred on the evening of January 21 in the 200 block of N. LaPorte Avenue in South Bend.

    Investigators await autopsy and toxicology reports for the six juvenile victims, a routine process in a fatal fire investigation. Additionally, investigators have scheduled a joint scene investigation with insurance companies involved with the property, and other experts also are working alongside investigators to identify the cause and origin of this tragic fire. At this point in the investigation, there is no indication of foul play in this incident. That said, it still is extremely important to preserve evidence for examination.

    To clarify previously reported information: This investigation is still very much active and has not been “turned over” to insurance companies.

    State Fire Marshal investigators are aware of a documented history of electrical issues at the home, although it has not yet been determined if those issues had been resolved prior to this incident. Witnesses indicated the home was equipped with working smoke detectors; however, investigators are working to confirm this information.

    The Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office is the lead agency in determining the cause and origin of the fire. South Bend Fire and South Bend Police are trusted partners in this investigation, and their assistance is greatly appreciated.

    The sensitivity and complexity of these investigations require a very deliberate approach, and it is understandable for the community to be anxious to learn what caused this incident. As investigators gather more information and test results, a media update will be planned at the appropriate time.

    No media interviews are being offered at this time. No additional information is available for release.

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

Press Release Spotlight

New IDHS structure elevates EMS to division

IDHS has designated EMS as one of the five core divisions of the agency. For more than a decade, EMS has existed as a section under Fire and Building Services, administered by the Indiana State Fire Marshal. Learn more in the Sept. 13 press release below.

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Press Release Spotlight

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New IDHS Structure Elevates EMS to Division

IDHS has designated EMS as one of the five core divisions of the agency. For more than a decade, EMS has existed as a section under Fire and Building Services, administered by the Indiana State Fire Marshal. Learn more in the Sept. 13 press release below.

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