Bartholomew County Emergency Management

Bartholomew County Emergency Management Our Mission is to educate and prepare our community to protect lives and property in the event of a disaster.

US National Weather Service Indianapolis Indiana
06/08/2020

US National Weather Service Indianapolis Indiana

The remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal will lift through the Mississippi and lower Ohio Valleys on Tuesday. Numerous showers and thunderstorms will develop on Tuesday with a potential for severe thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and evening. Damaging winds and a few tornadoes will be the primary threats along with locally heavy rainfall. In addition, wind gusts outside of showers and thunderstorms may peak at 40 to 50 mph during the afternoon and evening. Scattered showers and thunderstorms remain possible Wednesday as the system moves away from the area. Wind gusts could peak at 40-45 mph again on Wednesday.

Indiana Department of Workforce Development
06/07/2020

Indiana Department of Workforce Development

About 80-85% of claims go directly from application to payment in approximately 21 days. However, we know that is not the case for everyone. If you're still waiting on your unemployment insurance payment, here are the top 8 reasons why: https://www.in.gov/dwd/files/Top_8_Reasons_Final.pdf. Reasons for the delay could include issues with deductible income and employment status as well as clerical errors or missing information.

BCSC schools discuss strategy for fall reopening
06/06/2020
BCSC schools discuss strategy for fall reopening

BCSC schools discuss strategy for fall reopening

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. officials are already in strategy sessions to determine what the opening of schools might look like for the 2020-2021 school year. Students have nine weeks of summer ahead, with classes scheduled to begin Aug. 6. The school system needs to prepare for the possib...

Indiana State Department of Health
06/05/2020

Indiana State Department of Health

Announced this week, Indiana is permitting outdoor visits to take place at long-term care facilities – pending certain conditions are met by the:

✅ County
✅ Facility
✅ Resident
✅ Visitor
✅ Weather

Not every resident or facility will be allowed to hold outdoor visits. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration local #COVID19 rates and other criteria.

‪🚫 In-facility visitation of residents is still prohibited 🚫

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, please check with that facility FIRST before scheduling your visit to determine if outdoor visits are being permitted.

Below is a visitor checklist 📋 Additional requirements can be found here: https://bit.ly/2AIfHYU

Indiana Department of Education Announces 2020-2021 School Year COVID-19 Reentry Considerations | IDOE
06/05/2020
Indiana Department of Education Announces 2020-2021 School Year COVID-19 Reentry Considerations | IDOE

Indiana Department of Education Announces 2020-2021 School Year COVID-19 Reentry Considerations | IDOE

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) today released 2020-2021 school year COVID-19 reentry considerations. Indiana’s Considerations for Learning and Safe Schools (IN-CLASS) was developed in partnership with the Governor’s office, the Indiana State Department of Health, the...

2020 State Fair has been cancelled.
06/04/2020

2020 State Fair has been cancelled.

BREAKING: 2020 Indiana State Fair is canceled.

MORE INFO: bit.ly/3dC92Ou

There has been a train versus a semi accident on N. Indianapolis Rd.  Indianapolis Rd is being shut down at Lowell Rd wi...
06/03/2020

There has been a train versus a semi accident on N. Indianapolis Rd. Indianapolis Rd is being shut down at Lowell Rd with no northbound traffic allowed. Please avoid the area.

Food distribution scheduled at airport on June 10
06/03/2020
Food distribution scheduled at airport on June 10

Food distribution scheduled at airport on June 10

COLUMBUS, Ind. -- Gleaner's will have a Bartholomew County Drive Thru Pantry food distribution from 4 to 6 p.m. June 10 at the Columbus Municipal Airport at the aviation building at 5175 N. Warren Drive. Those who are seeking food are asked to stay in their vehicle and no early arrivals are allowed....

Wednesday Road Closing!On Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 from approx.. 8am until approx. 4pm County Road 100 West, between 55...
06/01/2020

Wednesday Road Closing!

On Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 from approx.. 8am until approx. 4pm County Road 100 West, between 550 South and 625 South, will be closed to through traffic for Asphalt Overlay. Please avoid the area.

Road ClosedRuddick Ave between 11th and 12th Streets is closed today to all traffic.
06/01/2020

Road Closed

Ruddick Ave between 11th and 12th Streets is closed today to all traffic.

County Office Buildings Re-Opening to the Public· Starting Monday, June 1st the plan is to reopen to the public by appoi...
05/29/2020

County Office Buildings Re-Opening to the Public

· Starting Monday, June 1st the plan is to reopen to the public by appointment only through Monday, July 6th. (Extended further if need be).

· Some offices will maintain their current practice of meeting the public outside and assisting them there. This will remain in place through Monday, July 6.

· Masks required for public entrance & worn by employees interacting with public and public during the appointment. THE PUBLIC WILL NEED TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN MASKS.

· Limitation of how many allowed for each appointment - One (1) individual only for each appointment.

· GOB – Public must be met at back door (only) by office with appointment, and must go through temperature check and then directly to office (access to back door hallway entrance will still be locked).

· Courthouse – Public must enter through front door (only) & pass through temperature check and security check (Additional guidelines from courts will be in place). Please check with the appropriate court if you have any questions prior to appearance.

· Other buildings – shall use one (1) door entrance with current temperature checks and safety measures still in place, and adhere to appointment only procedures (if applicable)

· Commissioners and Council public meetings will continue to be held by (Zoom only)until August 3rd (or longer if needed)

· We ask that all buildings / employees continue to practice the CDC safety guidelines in place, and social distancing.

Be aware there is a water main break on Washington between 5th-6th Street.  Please avoid the area.
05/29/2020

Be aware there is a water main break on Washington between 5th-6th Street. Please avoid the area.

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation
05/29/2020

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation

Friday, May 29, will be the last food pantry opportunity of the 2019-2020 school year. Please share this information for our community!

Indiana State Department of Health
05/28/2020

Indiana State Department of Health

Times like these can challenge your mental health. If you’re feeling anxious, stressed or depressed, we have resources that can help.

Visit 💻 BeWellIndiana.com

Columbus suspends Ethic Expo for 2020
05/28/2020
Columbus suspends Ethic Expo for 2020

Columbus suspends Ethic Expo for 2020

COLUMBUS, Ind. - Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop announced that, due to COVID-19 and the uncertainty surrounding a...

Bartholomew County REMC
05/28/2020

Bartholomew County REMC

Crews have found the cause of the Wayne Township outage. A tree broke a 3 phase pole on S 330 W by Woods-N-Waters campground. Crews will isolate the outage to this road and get most back on shortly. Road will be closed while repairs are made.

Bartholomew County REMC
05/28/2020

Bartholomew County REMC

We have a large outage in Wayne Township this morning affecting 228 members. Crews are on the way. Thank you for your patience.

Indiana State Parks
05/28/2020

Indiana State Parks

Our public swimming pools will remain closed for the 2020 summer season due to limitations in the ability for social distancing on enclosed pool decks. We know that campers and the local community look for opportunities to cool off on hot summer days with water-based recreation. Beaches at our state parks, big lakes, and state forest properties are open, and have adequate space for guests to practice social distancing on the sand and in grassy areas in most locations. Property and concession operated boat rentals are available that can get you out on the water in many locations as well. To see where beaches and boat rentals are located, check out the facilities chart in the Indiana Recreation Guide, which is available at gates, offices and nature centers, or download the guide at dnr.IN.gov/5280.htm. Read the media release about pools at https://bit.ly/3gtpWk3. For the most up-to-date information about facilities and services at DNR properties visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19.

TechPoint Launches Student Support Challenge
05/28/2020
TechPoint Launches Student Support Challenge

TechPoint Launches Student Support Challenge

Indianapolis-based nonprofit tech sector growth initiative TechPoint is launching a new challenge designed to provide support to Indiana college students who've lost on-site summer internships amid th

Indiana Department of Transportation: Southeast
05/27/2020

Indiana Department of Transportation: Southeast

Work is expected to begin Thursday (5/28) on an $8.4 million resurface contract on U.S. 31 in Bartholomew and Johnson Counties. Crews will start with nighttime work in Franklin, between the bridge over Young's Creek and Westview Drive/Main Street. Work will begin south of Franklin later this summer. The project is expected to be complete by mid-to-late November. More information is here: https://lnks.gd/2/H_n6XP

Bartholomew County REMC
05/27/2020

Bartholomew County REMC

A power outage affecting 89 members has been reported along 58 in the southwest part of the county. Crews are on their way. Thank you for your patience.

Indiana Department of Transportation: Southeast
05/26/2020

Indiana Department of Transportation: Southeast

Beam setting is scheduled to begin Thursday (5/28) over I-65 at Carr Hill Rd. in Bartholomew County (S of Columbus). Intermittent stoppages of up to 20 minutes will take place on I-65 between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Southbound traffic will be stopped Thursday and Friday (5/28-29), then northbound the following Monday and Tuesday (6/1-2). Motorists are encouraged to seek an alternate route or allow extra travel time to avoid delays. Additional information is here: https://lnks.gd/2/HR62x3

FYI, just north of Bartholomew County.
05/26/2020

FYI, just north of Bartholomew County.

UPDATE: All lanes now open.

UPDATE: Left lane now open, right lane remains closed.

TRAFFIC ALERT: All lanes of I-65 SB are closed at MM 83.5 (S of Franklin) in Johnson County due to a crash. Seek an alternate route.

Indiana Department of Transportation: Southeast
05/26/2020

Indiana Department of Transportation: Southeast

Nightly lane closures will be in effect starting TONIGHT (5/26) in the I-65 construction zone between Seymour and Columbus as crews begin removing existing pavement markings and applying permanent striping. Striping will begin on I-65 SB between MM 56 (just north of S.R. 11) and MM 64 (S.R. 58) and will continue over the next few weeks. The same section of I-65 NB will also be striped. Work is scheduled between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. each night, weather permitting. 🚧⚠️

Indiana State Department of Health
05/26/2020

Indiana State Department of Health

UPDATE: The ISDH call center hours have recently changed. If you have questions about #COVID19, we’re available every day from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

☎ 877-826-0011

Learn more: coronavirus.IN.gov

Indiana State Department of Health
05/23/2020

Indiana State Department of Health

In case you missed it, Governor Eric Holcomb’s Executive Order yesterday included three important extensions.

Extended until July 1:
➡️ Prohibition on turning off utilities
➡️ Prohibition on filing mortgage foreclosures/evictions
➡️ Certain motor vehicle transactions

Read the order here: https://bit.ly/2Tu8IZP

We have been notified by the Louisville and Indiana Railroad that train traffic will be returning through the area via C...
05/21/2020

We have been notified by the Louisville and Indiana Railroad that train traffic will be returning through the area via CSX next week.

At this time it will be one train each direction with increase in traffic returning over time. How much and how fast, we do not know at this time.

While many have probably enjoyed the break in train traffic through the county, please remember to be prepared to stop when approaching tracks.

WTHR-TV
05/21/2020

WTHR-TV

Still trying to sort out the stages of Indiana's reopening?

Share this graphic to keep on hand for easy reference.

Governor Holcomb has moved up the date for progression to Stage 3 of the "Back on Track" plan.  This will occur on Frida...
05/21/2020

Governor Holcomb has moved up the date for progression to Stage 3 of the "Back on Track" plan. This will occur on Friday, May 22, versus Sunday, May 24. Bartholomew County will progress to Stage 3 at this time as well.

Stage 3:

WHAT’S OPEN, WHAT’S CLOSED

GUIDELINES FOR ALL HOOSIERS

• Hoosiers 65 and older and those with known high-risk medical conditions should limit exposure at work and in their communities

• Continue remote work when possible

• Face coverings are recommended

• Social gatherings of up to 100 people may take place following the CDC social distancing guidelines. The coronavirus is often spread among groups of people who are in close contact in a confined space for an extended period of time. This limit applies to wedding receptions, parties, and other events where people are in close physical contact for extended periods of time

• Nursing homes remain closed to visitors; nursing home guidance will continue to be evaluated

• No travel restrictions

WHAT OPENS

• Retail stores and malls may move to 75% of capacity while maintaining social distancing

• Mall common areas, such as food courts and sitting areas, are limited to 50% capacity

• Gyms and fitness centers may open with restrictions. Class sizes and equipment must be spaced to accommodate social distancing. Limited class sizes. Equipment must be cleaned after each use, and employees are required to wear face coverings

• Playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, and similar facilities may open with social distancing guidelines in place

• Community pools may open according to CDC guidance

• Campgrounds may open with social distancing limitations and sanitation precautions

• Movie theaters may open at 50% capacity; some theater companies have identified specific hygiene and social distancing guidelines

• The CDC will provide guidance about day camps and overnight camps

WHAT REMAINS CLOSED

• Bars and nightclubs

• Cultural, entertainment, and sports venues

• K-12 facilities and activities

Bartholomew County will continue to follow the Governor's plan and move to the next stage.
05/20/2020
State’s virus restrictions move to next stage on Friday

Bartholomew County will continue to follow the Governor's plan and move to the next stage.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Further easing of Indiana’s coronavirus restrictions will occur Friday for most of the state as the governor announced Wednesday that he would move that step up by two days for the Memorial Day weekend. A new state order will allow social gatherings of up to 100 people and re...

John Dissauer
05/20/2020

John Dissauer

JUST IN: The Department of Homeland Security has extended the Real ID requirement to October 1, 2021 due to circumstances related to COVD-19.

Reminder!
05/20/2020

Reminder!

Northbound traffic will be shifted to the southbound side of I-65 Thursday night (5/21), weather permitting. The shift will take place between Seymour (Exit 50) and just north of S.R. 11 (Exit 55). Drivers should continue to follow the 55 mph speed restriction throughout the entire work zone. The reconstruction and added travel lanes project is expected to be complete in August. More information is here: https://lnks.gd/2/HMzMVh

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