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Indiana Department of Homeland Security Thank you for your comments and inquiries. Please keep them appropriate and inoffensive. The goal is to protect Indiana’s citizens, property and economy.

The Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) was created in 2005 through the combination of several existing agencies aimed at emergency management, domestic security and public safety by providing statewide leadership that is responsive to Hoosiers’ concerns, and expertise for the enhancement of public and private partnerships and the support of local, state and federal collaboration.

Safety: Space heaters provide warmth but pose risks. Keep them away from flammable items, turn them off when unattended,...
12/04/2023

Safety: Space heaters provide warmth but pose risks. Keep them away from flammable items, turn them off when unattended, and prioritize safety. πŸ”₯🏑 .

This International Day of Disabled Persons, let's amplify the importance of including people with disabilities in emerge...
12/03/2023

This International Day of Disabled Persons, let's amplify the importance of including people with disabilities in emergency planning. Here are some tips:

1. πŸ“ž Communication: Ensure emergency alerts are accessible through multiple channels, including visual and auditory methods.

2. 🧳 Personalized Kits: Tailor emergency kits to individual needsβ€”medications, assistive devices, and essential documents.

3. πŸš— Evacuation Plans: Collaborate with neighbors to create accessible evacuation routes and transportation options for those with mobility challenges.

4. 🌐 Community Support: Foster a supportive network where neighbors check on each other, especially those with disabilities, during emergencies.

Hosting a holiday party? Make sure your guests have safe transportation options. Encourage the use of designated drivers...
12/03/2023

Hosting a holiday party? Make sure your guests have safe transportation options. Encourage the use of designated drivers, rideshares, or public transportation. Responsible hosting ensures everyone's well-being, making the celebration even more memorable.

While this winter is projected to not be as cold as last year, it is important to layer up to stay warm in chilly temper...
12/02/2023

While this winter is projected to not be as cold as last year, it is important to layer up to stay warm in chilly temperatures! Often it is very cold in the morning and warms up as the day goes on. Dress in loose layers, and don't forget the hat and scarf. Stay cozy and safe!

Winter's chill demands preparation. At home, stock an emergency kit with blankets, warm clothes, and non-perishable snac...
12/01/2023

Winter's chill demands preparation. At home, stock an emergency kit with blankets, warm clothes, and non-perishable snacks. On the road, ensure your vehicle is winter-ready with essentials like jumper cables. Being prepared means staying safe. Share these tips for a winter-ready community! Learn more at getprepared.in.gov

Real-time updates on incidents, weather, and road conditions are vital for winter driving. Explore Trafficwise by the In...
11/30/2023

Real-time updates on incidents, weather, and road conditions are vital for winter driving. Explore Trafficwise by the Indiana Department of Transportation for informed journeys. Share this resource to empower your community with the knowledge to navigate winter roads safely. Learn more at on.in.gov/trafficwise

The holiday season is a time of giving and an opportunity to provide the gift of safety. Share these tips with your frie...
11/29/2023

The holiday season is a time of giving and an opportunity to provide the gift of safety. Share these tips with your friends and family. Empowering others with safety knowledge ensures everyone can enjoy the holidays to the fullest, creating a safer, happier community. Learn more at getprepared.in.gov

The holiday season is a time for joy but also a time to prioritize safety. Ensure your Christmas tree stands firm in a s...
11/28/2023

The holiday season is a time for joy but also a time to prioritize safety. Ensure your Christmas tree stands firm in a sturdy base, away from heat sources. Water it daily to prevent it from drying out, reducing the risk of fire. A well-cared-for tree ensures a festive and safe home.

With the holiday hustle, it's easy to overlook simple safety measures. Ensure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide dete...
11/27/2023

With the holiday hustle, it's easy to overlook simple safety measures. Ensure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working correctly. Replace batteries if needed. These small actions can make a significant difference, offering precious seconds in case of emergencies

πŸ•―οΈ Embrace the holiday glow safely! With flameless LED candles, you can reduce fire risks using kinaras, advent wreaths,...
11/26/2023

πŸ•―οΈ Embrace the holiday glow safely! With flameless LED candles, you can reduce fire risks using kinaras, advent wreaths, menorahs, or other religious candleholders for a safer and more festive atmosphere but if you do use real candles always remember to blow out lit candles when leaving the room or heading to bed. If children are involved, keep a close eye on them and never leave them unsupervised. Let's make this season merry and safe! ✨

Black Friday may be over, but the holiday shopping season has just begun. Remember these tips: βœ… Stay patient, especiall...
11/25/2023

Black Friday may be over, but the holiday shopping season has just begun. Remember these tips:

βœ… Stay patient, especially in crowded stores.
βœ… Verify deals from official sources.
βœ… Keep personal information private online.
βœ… Check your bank statements for any unauthorized charges.
βœ… Spread the word about safe shopping practices to friends and family.

Traveling back home after Thanksgiving? Be well-rested and alert. Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. S...
11/24/2023

Traveling back home after Thanksgiving? Be well-rested and alert. Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. Stay safe on the road!

11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving! Gratitude fills our hearts today. Remember to keep fire safety in mind while cooking your holiday feast.

Ready to make a difference? We're thrilled to open applications for the Indiana State Incident Management Assistance Tea...
11/22/2023

Ready to make a difference? We're thrilled to open applications for the Indiana State Incident Management Assistance Team! πŸš‘πŸ”§πŸ”₯

Whether you're an emergency management pro or a newcomer, join us in our mission to support communities locally and nationally.

⚑️ From safety and security to food and communication, we're building a diverse team. Your expertise in health, energy, transportation, and more will contribute to a resilient Indiana. Explore opportunities: on.in.gov/IMAT

πŸ’ͺ Let's keep Indiana prepared and resilient together! IDHS can't wait to hear from youβ€”especially fellow Hoosiers ready to lend a hand to citizens in need. Check out the feature in Hoosier Responder: on.in.gov/Nov-23 🀝

Breadcrumbs DHS Emergency Management and Preparedness Current: Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) Incident Management Assistance Team Hours 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday except state-observed holidays Indiana Dept. of Homeland Security Indi...

Online shopping? Here’s how to stay secure:βœ… Shop from trusted websites with HTTPS.βœ… Use strong, unique passwords for ea...
11/21/2023

Online shopping? Here’s how to stay secure:

βœ… Shop from trusted websites with HTTPS.
βœ… Use strong, unique passwords for each site.
βœ… Avoid public Wi-Fi for transactions.
βœ… Regularly update your devices and antivirus software.
βœ… Be cautious of phishing emails or links.

11/21/2023
Learn from Mr. Shatner's mistakes. When using a turkey fryer, do it outdoors and away from structures. Never leave it un...
11/20/2023

Learn from Mr. Shatner's mistakes. When using a turkey fryer, do it outdoors and away from structures. Never leave it unattended, and keep children and pets at a safe distance.

NOTE: I DO NOT OWN THIS VIDEO! This was originally uploaded on the State Farm YouTube channel but was, for whatever reason, taken down. Such a tragedy is una...

Traveling for the holidays? Plan your route, check weather conditions, and have an emergency kit in your car. Stay updat...
11/19/2023

Traveling for the holidays? Plan your route, check weather conditions, and have an emergency kit in your car. Stay updated on road conditions, and if you encounter winter weather, drive slowly, keep a safe distance, and brake gently. Safe travels make for happy reunions.

While snagging great deals this holiday season, prioritize safety:βœ… Plan your route and parking in advance.βœ… Shop with f...
11/17/2023

While snagging great deals this holiday season, prioritize safety:
βœ… Plan your route and parking in advance.
βœ… Shop with friends or family, if possible.
βœ… Stay aware of your surroundings.
βœ… Keep valuables secure and out of sight.
βœ… Opt for online shopping if crowds make you uncomfortable.

🍳✨ Excited for the holiday season and the joy of cooking together! πŸŽ„πŸ‘©β€πŸ³πŸ‘¦ When it comes to holiday cooking, safety is key...
11/16/2023

🍳✨ Excited for the holiday season and the joy of cooking together! πŸŽ„πŸ‘©β€πŸ³πŸ‘¦ When it comes to holiday cooking, safety is key, especially with little helpers around! Here are some tips to make sure everyone enjoys the kitchen fun while staying safe:

Supervision is key: Always have an adult supervising when kids are in the kitchen. This ensures they can learn and explore in a safe environment.

Age-appropriate tasks: Assign age-appropriate tasks to children. Younger ones can help with mixing and pouring, while older kids can handle safer utensils and assist with chopping (under close supervision).

Proper handling: Teach kids the importance of handwashing before and after handling food. Also, explain safety rules, like using oven mitts and staying away from hot surfaces.

Sharp objects awareness: Keep sharp knives and utensils out of reach. If kids are old enough to use them, teach them proper handling techniques and provide appropriate tools.

Clean as you go: Encourage kids to clean up spills immediately to prevent slips and falls. A tidy kitchen is a safer kitchen!

Remember, the joy of cooking together not only creates delicious memories but also valuable life skills for the little ones. Happy and safe holiday cooking! πŸŒŸπŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦

Last night, Director Thacker was honored to present the Indiana Homeland Medal of Merit to David Costin from Putnam Coun...
11/15/2023

Last night, Director Thacker was honored to present the Indiana Homeland Medal of Merit to David Costin from Putnam County E911 / Emergency Operations Center.

In recognition of over 38 years of unwavering dedication and compassionate service to the citizens of Putnam County, David has left an indelible mark. His impact extends through his role as a founder and board member for the Putnam County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Project Lifesaver.

David's commitment exemplifies the spirit of community, resilience, and preparedness. The Indiana Homeland Medal of Merit, bestowed upon him, celebrates exceptional conduct and outstanding services that contribute to the safety, security, and resilience of all Hoosiers and our great state of Indiana.

Join us in applauding David Costin for his selfless contributions in shaping a safer and more resilient community.

11/15/2023

Holiday decorations often involve extension cords. Ensure they are in good condition and rated for indoor or outdoor use based on your needs. Avoid overloading sockets, and never run cords under rugs or furniture. Proper use ensures a festive home without electrical risks.

Indiana State Fire Marshal investigators arrested a North Vernon woman on Sunday in connection with an apartment fire th...
11/14/2023

Indiana State Fire Marshal investigators arrested a North Vernon woman on Sunday in connection with an apartment fire that occurred the day before.

Fire crews were dispatched Saturday afternoon to an apartment fire at the home of Gwendolynn (Gwen) Mae Grigsby, 55. Investigators determined the fire started in a closet between the kitchen and the living room of the apartment, where an exploded aerosol can was found. Electrical devices in the area were all unplugged, and further investigation revealed the fire was intentionally set there. In a back bedroom, evidence of spray paint was discovered.

Grigsby was not home at the time the fire crews arrived. However, her ex-husband told investigators he spoke to her in the apartment shortly before the fire started, at which time she allegedly threatened to burn the place. The ex-husband said the fire was reported about 30 minutes later.

On Sunday, Grigsby was allegedly found near the scene of the fire. During questioning, Grigsby initially said she didn’t know how it started. Later, she said the fire started in the closet using a lighter and an aerosol can, according to charging documents in the case. She allegedly said she blacks out on drugs and didn’t remember the incident.

Grigsby was taken into custody and charged with felony arson. She remains in custody at the Jennings County Jail.

Your dedication to saving lives doesn't end at patient careβ€”it extends to ensuring everyone's safety during ambulance jo...
11/14/2023

Your dedication to saving lives doesn't end at patient careβ€”it extends to ensuring everyone's safety during ambulance journeys. Proper seatbelt usage is non-negotiable. Buckling up both yourself and your patients significantly reduces the risk of injuries and saves lives.

Let's debunk a myth: being in the back of an ambulance doesn't exempt you from seatbelt rules. In fact, it's even more crucial here. Patients rely on your expertise and care, and buckling them up is a part of that commitment. It takes a team effortβ€”checks, double-checks and triple-checks to ensure everyone is safely restrained.

Spread the word, save lives. Sit down & buckle up! πŸ’ΊπŸ”’

In the past few days, 12 counties (Clay, Daviess, Franklin, Jennings, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, Scott, Sullivan, Switzer...
11/13/2023

In the past few days, 12 counties (Clay, Daviess, Franklin, Jennings, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, Scott, Sullivan, Switzerland, Vigo and Washington) have issued burn bans. 🌲πŸ”₯

During a burn ban:
πŸ‘‰ Follow restrictions set by local fire chiefs or municipalities.
πŸ‘‰ No outdoor burning activities unless specified.
πŸ‘‰ Reach out to your County's Emergency Management Agency for questions on your county's burn ban status.

Holiday cooking can get chaotic. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby, and teach your family how to use it. Safety awareness ...
11/13/2023

Holiday cooking can get chaotic. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby, and teach your family how to use it. Safety awareness saves lives! Learn more cooking safety tips at getprepared.in.gov

11/13/2023
πŸ”’ Power lines are vital. Always stay at least 10 feet away and never touch a downed line. Report any issues promptly to ...
11/12/2023

πŸ”’ Power lines are vital. Always stay at least 10 feet away and never touch a downed line. Report any issues promptly to your utility company. Your awareness can prevent accidents and outages. Let's keep the lights on! πŸ’‘πŸ‘

As you prepare for holiday travel, ensure your home looks lived-in. Security cameras and video doorbells are a great way...
11/12/2023

As you prepare for holiday travel, ensure your home looks lived-in. Security cameras and video doorbells are a great way to watch your house while you are away. Timers for lights and asking a neighbor to collect mail can also deter burglars.

As Winter Weather Preparedness Week concludes, remember that preparation is an ongoing effort. Stay vigilant, stay infor...
11/11/2023

As Winter Weather Preparedness Week concludes, remember that preparation is an ongoing effort. Stay vigilant, stay informed, and share this knowledge with your loved ones. Together, we can build a safer, more resilient community.

It's Veterans Day. Take a moment to express your gratitude to those who served our nation. Their dedication ensures our ...
11/11/2023

It's Veterans Day. Take a moment to express your gratitude to those who served our nation. Their dedication ensures our safety and freedom.

Staying warm indoors is essential, but be cautious with alternative heating sources. Follow instructions, keep them away...
11/10/2023

Staying warm indoors is essential, but be cautious with alternative heating sources. Follow instructions, keep them away from flammable items, and turn them off before sleeping. Safety at home ensures a peaceful winter.

Cold weather can be dangerous. Dress in layers, wear a hat and scarf and limit time outdoors during extreme cold. Recogn...
11/10/2023

Cold weather can be dangerous. Dress in layers, wear a hat and scarf and limit time outdoors during extreme cold. Recognize the signs of hypothermia and frostbite. Proper clothing and awareness can prevent cold-related illnesses. Enhance your winter safety preparedness at on.in.gov/wwpw.

🐾 Winter's chill affects our pets too! Keep them safe:1. Cozy shelter off the ground.2. Limit outdoor time in extreme co...
11/09/2023

🐾 Winter's chill affects our pets too! Keep them safe:

1. Cozy shelter off the ground.
2. Limit outdoor time in extreme cold.
3. Wipe paws after walks.
4. Watch for signs of hypothermia.
5. Nutritious, calorie-rich diet.
6. Keep away from heaters.
7. Ensure constant access to fresh water.

Let's make this winter warm and safe for our furry friends!

11/08/2023

While we're all familiar with preparing for icy roads and snow, there's more to Indiana winters than meets the eye. Dive into the latest edition of the Hoosier Responder as we revisit a late-season tornado outbreak a decade ago and unravel the mysteries of this year's El Nino weather pattern. Stay ahead of the weather curve and gain valuable insights!

πŸ“š Don't miss out! Subscribe now at on.in.gov/hoosier-responder to get the next edition delivered directly to your inbox. Stay informed, stay safe! ❄️

Prepare your vehicle for winter! Have it inspected, keep an emergency kit on board, and drive cautiously. Snowy and icy ...
11/08/2023

Prepare your vehicle for winter! Have it inspected, keep an emergency kit on board, and drive cautiously. Snowy and icy roads can be treacherous. Your preparedness ensures safer travels for you and those around you. Find a trove of winter safety knowledge at on.in.gov/wwpw.

Power outages can happen during winter storms. Have a plan: notify the utility company, gather in an insulated room, and...
11/07/2023

Power outages can happen during winter storms. Have a plan: notify the utility company, gather in an insulated room, and conserve energy. Together, we can weather any storm. Explore on.in.gov/wwpw for detailed winter safety information.

Snowplow operators work tirelessly to clear our roads during winter storms. Help them do their job efficiently and safel...
11/07/2023

Snowplow operators work tirelessly to clear our roads during winter storms. Help them do their job efficiently and safely by keeping a safe distance. Avoid passing snowplows unless necessary, and never tailgate. Your patience ensures their effectiveness. Let's work together for safer winter roads!

11/06/2023

Understanding travel advisories is crucial. From advisories to warnings, each level signifies a different level of risk. Be informed about your area's status and always prioritize safety. Check our County Travel Status Map for the latest updates at in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory

Winter driving demands extra caution. Slow down, maintain a safe distance, and check road conditions before heading out....
11/06/2023

Winter driving demands extra caution. Slow down, maintain a safe distance, and check road conditions before heading out. Let's ensure everyone gets home safely. Your careful driving protects both you and your community. For additional winter weather driving tips, visit on.in.gov/wwpw.

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