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

    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

  • Indiana allocates more than $19 million to school safety - September 2, 2021

    The Indiana Secured School Safety Board has approved more than $19 million in matching state grant funds, marking a third consecutive year of record-breaking school safety investments.

    "Hoosier students and staff should be able to go to school with the confidence and comfort of knowing they are safe and protected from harm. This program represents the state's commitment to that mission," said Gov. Eric J. Holcomb.

    "With help from the General Assembly, we are able to support every school that applied with initiatives they have identified to make their schools safer," Holcomb added.

    The $19,058,808 million in awards allows the Board to fully fund all eligible, top-priority projects identified by 392 schools in their applications to the Secured School Safety Grant program (SSSG). Every applicant this year received either full or partial funding once award determinations were made.

    Schools have received notification that their top priority requests were fully funded for all eligible items. The General Assembly allocated $19 million to the grant fund for each of the past three years.

    "The Secured School Board is proud to maintain strong support for school safety, despite the challenges presented by the ongoing pandemic. This commitment identifies school safety as a top priority in Indiana, and these funds will have a direct impact on all staff and students across the state," said Rusty Goodpaster, director of the Secured School Safety Board.

    The Secured School Fund is administered by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Including the funds committed this year, the SSSG program will have distributed more than $110 million in state matching grants to schools since the program became law in 2013. All of these funds focus specifically on school safety. Visit the IDHS website for a full breakdown of SSSG awards.

    The SSSG issues matching grants for eligible items and then schools match those funds at a certain level, either 25 percent, 50 percent or 100 percent. The match requirement is based on average daily membership of the school district, the total amount of the project or what the request covers.

    Eligible items in the grant include funding for school resource officers (SROs) and law enforcement officers in schools; equipment and technology; active event warning systems (no matching requirement); firearms training for teachers and staff that choose to allow guns on school property; threat assessments and to implement a student and parent support services program.

    The allocation of funds for FY22 include:

    • $13,440,127.88 for School Resource Officers/law enforcement officers
    • $4,926,399.15 for equipment
    • $642,369.22 for student and parent support services programs
    • $43,678.47 for active event warning services
    • $6,233.33 for training

    As of July 1, 2021, schools were required to have a completed threat assessment and a memorandum of understanding in place with a community mental health center (or employ a certified, licensed mental health professional) to be eligible for funding.

    The Indiana School Safety Hub also provides schools with a wealth of resources, training opportunities and other information designed to give schools the tools they need to keep students and staff safe.

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

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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

    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. ...

    Follow the story from WDRB

    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. ...

    Follow the story from WDRB

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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. ...

    Follow the story from the Indiana National Guard

    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. ...

    Follow the story from the Indiana National Guard

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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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