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Evansville residents (Vanderburgh County) affected by the house explosion on August 10 can report damage online through Indiana 211. Recent storm damage reports are also being accepted from residents of Daviess, Knox and Grant counties.

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  • Gov. Holcomb appoints Stephen Jones as new state fire marshal - August 16, 2022
    Stephen Jones
    Stephen Jones

    Gov. Eric J. Holcomb today announced he has selected Brownsburg Fire Territory Fire Marshal Stephen Jones to serve as the Indiana state fire marshal.

    "Fire Marshal Jones brings 38 years of experience to the State of Indiana, and his expertise makes him the right person to lead our work in improving public safety for Hoosiers," Gov. Holcomb said. "He will continue to promote fire prevention efforts and brings incredible investigation experience to the state."

    Jones began his career as a firefighter and emergency medical technician in 1984 in central Indiana. He became a career firefighter in Pike Township (Marion County) in 1989 and served as deputy fire marshal, safety and training officer, HAZMAT training coordinator, fire inspector, deputy chief of administration and division chief of prevention services. In 2013, he became fire marshal in Brownsburg, where he oversees building code enforcement, fire investigation and public education and community risk reduction.

    Gov. Holcomb appointed former State Fire Marshal Joel Thacker as the executive director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security in June. The fire marshal leads the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Division of Fire and Building Safety. The division investigates suspicious fires, promotes fire prevention and enforces fire and building safety codes in all public buildings, among other duties.

    Jones will begin his new position Aug. 29.

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

  • Fire investigators locate woman connected to Kokomo fire scene - August 16, 2022
    Update: Suspect arrested
    Gwendolyn Reggs
    Gwendolyn Reggs

    A media tip helped fire investigators locate a woman now charged with attempted arson, criminal recklessness and other charges in connection with a Kokomo apartment fire last week.

    A fire was reported at the Kokomo Manor Apartments on Elk Drive on Aug. 8. Kokomo Fire arrived to find a small fire had been started outside a second-floor apartment but had extinguished itself. No injuries were reported.

    The apartment unit featured video surveillance of people entering the main entry door. Footage shared to the media led to the identification of Gwendolyn Reggs, 25, of Bunker Hill, Ind. Some of the same items seen on the suspect in the video were found on Reggs when she was taken in to custody on Aug. 13. Also, her vehicle was seen leaving the area after the fire. View and download the video.

    Kokomo Fire Department investigators were able to identify items Reggs carried in to the building as being part of what was lit on fire outside of the apartment.

    After her arrest, Reggs indicated there was a long-standing dispute between her and a female occupant of the apartment whom Reggs said had been harassing her.

    Reggs was booked into the Howard County Jail.

    Photos of video clips
    Photos of video clips

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

  • IDHS applying for Hazard Mitigation Assistance funding for residential safe rooms - August 15, 2022

    Multiple Indiana homeowners, in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, have applied for Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the Indiana Residential Safe Room Program. The objective of HMA programs is to fund mitigation measures that reduce the risk of loss of life and property from future hazard events or disasters. The Indiana Residential Safe Room Program will provide multiple homeowners a tornado safe room that is compliant with the most recent versions of FEMA Publications 320 and 361.

    Under the National Environmental Policy Act, EO 11988 and EO 11990, a public notice is required of any federal actions that may affect floodplains or wetlands. Under the National Historic Preservation Act, a public notice is also required for some projects which have the potential to affect historic properties. All necessary permits and approvals will be obtained prior to construction and completion of the project.

    Public participation is encouraged. Those interested are invited to comment within 30 days by email to fema-r5-environmental@fema.dhs.gov or by mail to:

    Duane Castaldi, Regional Environmental Officer
    FEMA Region V
    536 South Clark Street, 6th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60605

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

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IDHS Names New Indiana EMS Medical Director

Dr. Eric B. Yazel, health officer in Clark County, Ind., was appointed as the new chief medical director for Indiana EMS. Learn more in the May 16 press release below.

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IDHS Names New Indiana EMS Medical Director

Dr. Eric B. Yazel, health officer in Clark County, Ind., was appointed as the new chief medical director for Indiana EMS. Learn more in the May 16 press release below.

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