Porter County Emergency Management Agency

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How do I prepare for a Severe Thunderstorm?Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system in order to prepa...
03/24/2021

How do I prepare for a Severe Thunderstorm?

Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system in order to prepare for severe thunderstorms. In Porter County, we have our tornado siren system and you can also sign up for Smart 911.

Locate safe places in your home that you can go to during a severe thunderstorm. During a severe thunderstorm, high winds, trees or broken branches, and other objects might hit your window and shatter the glass. Therefore, a safe place would be away from windows, skylights, and glass doors.

Cut down or trim trees with broken branches that may be in danger of falling on your home. If they do, consider how to safely remove them. If it is dangerous to remove them, hire a professional.

Identify nearby, sturdy buildings close to where you live, work, study, and play.

Consider buying surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system to protect your home, appliances, and electronic devices.

Have your 72 hour emergency Supply Kit ready to go for any emergencies.

Take a first aid class in case of any emergency.

Consider all of the information above and create a plan for how your family can be ready for a severe thunderstorm. Communicate with other community members about this plan.

This week is poison awareness week. Porter County Emergency Management wants to educate you on how you can keep your fam...
03/22/2021

This week is poison awareness week. Porter County Emergency Management wants to educate you on how you can keep your family safe from hazards in your household.
Poisonings can result from a number of different substances:

Children: Medicine, pest killers, hydrocarbons (lamp oil, kerosene, gasoline, lighter fluid), plants
Adults: Pain medicines, alcohol, bites and stings, spoiled food, beauty products
All: Carbon Monoxide- Colorless and odorless

To protect your family:
Lock up all hazardous materials and keep them out of reach of children. Keep household products in their original packaging with the original labels on them. Buy products with child resistant packaging. Never leave children unattended with household products or medications. Read labels of medicines and household products and follow the instructions on the package. Place carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Check your home for lead paint.
If you believe someone in your household has been poisoned, call the Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.

In our last post we discussed troubleshooting basement water issues. Depending on the reason for the moisture problem, t...
03/18/2021

In our last post we discussed troubleshooting basement water issues. Depending on the reason for the moisture problem, the fix could be a simple DIY remedy, or it could require the assistance of a foundation contractor. If you’re looking at a DIY remedy, the following tips will get you started on the right foot.

1. DO determine the source of the water. If entire wall surfaces are wet, however, you’ll need to do further sleuthing. To conduct a simple condensation test, dry an area of the wall with a rag and then attach a one-foot square piece of aluminum foil to the wall with duct tape. Peel off the foil after 24 hours and check how the underside of the foil feels. If it is wet, water is seeping through the wall from the outside. If dry, the moisture is originating elsewhere in the basement.

2. DON’T make wall repairs with standing water in the basement. During a rainy season, a crack in a basement wall can allow an inch or two of water in, but before you seek to repair the crack, remove all the water from the floor. Working in a flooding basement increases the risk of electrical shock or electrocution.

3. DO fill cracks with hydraulic cement. Another area where cracks are commonly found is at the bottom of the basement walls. As hydraulic cement expands, it pushes deep into cracks and crevices to form a watertight bond. Mix only as much as you can use within three minutes, though, because that’s how quickly it begins to set.

4. DON’T forget to address window well leaks. Window wells are a common source of basement wall leaks because they tend to retain water if a proper drainage system wasn’t installed beneath the well when the house was built. This can lead to water pooling around the bottom of a basement window and then seeping in.

5. DO apply a masonry waterproofing product to bare interior basement walls. If your foil test showed that water is soaking through your basement walls and leaving them wet, seal the interior of the walls with a high-quality waterproof paint.

6. DON’T apply sealer over painted walls or efflorescence. If you or a previous owner painted the basement walls, you’ll have to remove the paint before applying sealer, which only adheres well to bare masonry.

7. DO take steps to keep water away from your basement. Sometimes, the solution to wet basement walls is easy. For instance, remove foundation plantings, such as bushes and flowerbeds that require watering, which subsequently allows water to seep into the basement. Also inspect and, if needed, repair guttering and downspouts to ensure that they’re directing water away from your home. It’s also a good idea to grade your yard away from the foundation—at least a two percent slope.

Statewide drill 9:15 this morning! Practice going to your sheltering place when the alarm soundsMake sure you receive th...
03/16/2021

Statewide drill 9:15 this morning! Practice going to your sheltering place when the alarm sounds

Make sure you receive the call! Sign up on Smart911 today. It's free and can save precious seconds when you call 911. There, you can opt-in to severe weather, emergency and community alerts. Visit Smart911.com or download the Smart911 app today!

Basement flooding?  Troubleshoot the causes and find the solutions to wet basement walls – the sooner, the better, to ma...
03/15/2021

Basement flooding? Troubleshoot the causes and find the solutions to wet basement walls – the sooner, the better, to maintain the integrity of your home.

Because they’re built below grade, basements tend to take on water. You may notice moist basement walls from time to time, water puddles here and there, or—worst case scenario—flooding during the rainy season. Humid, damp, or downright wet basements can result in peeling paint, mold and mildew growth, rotted wood, and damage to stored items.

While builders take steps to waterproof basements during construction, over time a house can settle, creating cracks in the basement walls. When the soil outside becomes saturated, water can seep through these cracks. Even structurally sound basement walls can absorb water from the soil and transfer it to the basement interior, making the walls feel wet. As the water from the walls evaporates, the air in the basement becomes more humid. A high-quality dehumidifier will help remove excess basement humidity, but the best long-term solution is to waterproof the walls.

The 2021 Indiana Severe Weather Preparedness Week is scheduled for the week of March 14-20, 2021. The National Weather S...
03/14/2021

The 2021 Indiana Severe Weather Preparedness Week is scheduled for the week of March 14-20, 2021. The National Weather Service, in conjunction with the Indiana State Police, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana Broadcasters Association, the American Red Cross, and Amateur Radio Operators will conduct a statewide test of communication systems on Tuesday, March 16 at 9:15 am CST.

While the drill will be sent using live a Tornado Warning, it is only a test, and will be postponed to Wednesday, March 17 if weather conditions warrant.

In 2020, Indiana saw 17 tornadoes while the annual average is 22. The last Indiana killer tornado was in 2012 in Henryville and the state saw a record of 72 tornadoes in 2011.

It’s Daylight savings time!! It’s time to spring ahead tonight. When you spring ahead 1 hour tonight it’s also time to c...
03/13/2021

It’s Daylight savings time!! It’s time to spring ahead tonight. When you spring ahead 1 hour tonight it’s also time to change your batteries in your smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors.

Remember to check the dates on your detectors. NFPA recommends changing your detectors every 10 years. So when you change your batteries check the dates.

“The guard dog was incorruptible; the police dog dependable; the messenger dog reliable. The human watchman might be bou...
03/13/2021

“The guard dog was incorruptible; the police dog dependable; the messenger dog reliable. The human watchman might be bought; not so the dog. The soldier sentinel might fall asleep; never the dog. The battlefield runner might fail … but not the dog, to his last breath would follow the line of duty.”
-Ernest Harold Baynes, Animal Heroes of the Great War

Today, we at Porter County Emergency Management Agency want to acknowledge all of our K-9 heroes on this K-9 Veterans Day. Thank you for your service to Porter County, and to our nation.

Valparaiso Fire
03/12/2021

Valparaiso Fire

As we ‘spring ahead’ this weekend, Valparaiso Fire Department would like to urge all residents to check their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Working smoke alarms are the key to surviving a fire. Unless you have a newer alarm with a 10-year sealed battery, the time has come to replace the alkaline batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Division Chief Stites would also remind customers that winter is not over, and our furnaces have been working hard. Spring is the time of year when something could break causing deadly carbon monoxide to leak into your home, and a carbon monoxide alarm is the ONLY way to detect that invisible poison.

Most people are unaware that smoke alarms do not last forever. Smoke alarms usually need to be replaced after 10 years, and carbon monoxide alarms after 5-7 years. Many newer alarms are equipped with 10-year sealed batteries that do not require periodic battery replacement, only MONTHLY operation checks.

We would also like you to consider taking a few minutes to help protect those you love outside of the home. Many older parents and neighbors are unable to check or replace their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms due to mobility or health issues. Visit this weekend with a few 9-volt batteries and a step stool and refresh their smoke alarms.

Valparaiso and Center Township residents that would like FREE smoke alarm installation or home safety visit can contact us at 219-548-4849 or [email protected].

What does one do after there has been a flood situation?After a flood, listen to the authorities for information and ins...
03/11/2021

What does one do after there has been a flood situation?

After a flood, listen to the authorities for information and instruction. Only return to your home when the authorities say it is safe to do so. Avoid driving except in emergencies.

If you home has been flooded, be aware that snakes and other animals may reside in your home. Wear heavy work gloves, protective clothing, and boots during clean-up. Use an N95 mask if you are cleaning mold or other debris. People with asthma, other lung conditions, or immune suppression should not enter buildings with indoor water leaks or mold growth that can be smelled or seen. Children should never help with disaster clean up.

There is a risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. Turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock if it is safe to do it.

Avoid wading in floodwater, as it can be contaminated and contain dangerous debris. Downed or underground power lines can electrically charge the water. Use a generator or other gasoline powered machinery only outdoors and away from windows.

Flash flooding is an extremely hazardous weather disaster. During a flood, there can be power outages, infrastructure da...
03/09/2021

Flash flooding is an extremely hazardous weather disaster. During a flood, there can be power outages, infrastructure damage, and loss of life.

Last week, we talked about how you can prepare your home for a flood. This week, we will talk about what you can do during a flood.

You may have very little time to respond to a flash flooding situation. Flash floods can come on without warning or very slowly depending on the situation.

During a flood, stay where you are. Evacuate if you are told to do so immediately.

In general during a flood, avoid low spots, like ditches, basements, or underpasses. These areas can be extremely dangerous during a flood. Do not walk, swim, or drive through flooded areas. There is no way to really tell how deep the water is and objects underneath the water can harm you. Do not drive in flooded areas. TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN. If floodwaters rise around your car, and only if you can do so safely, abandon your car and move to higher ground.

If you are at home or in a building, move to the highest floor. Do not climb in a closed attic as you may become trapped in floodwaters there. Get on the roof only if necessary and signal for help.

Flash flooding is an extremely hazardous weather disaster. Flash flooding causes power outages, damages infrastructure, ...
03/05/2021

Flash flooding is an extremely hazardous weather disaster. Flash flooding causes power outages, damages infrastructure, and can be very deadly.

When there is heavy rainfall in a short period of time and water rises rapidly, this increases the risk of flooding. Flash floods can come with little or no warning and they can also develop more slowly after rain stops.

You can mitigate some of the damage a flood may cause to your property by doing the following actions. Construct barriers (levees, beams, and floodwalls) to stop floodwater from entering your home. Sandbags can provide a temporary levee in an emergency. Seal the walls in your basement with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage. Install flood shields or barriers for basement windows or doors. Raise large appliances in the basement above the potential water level in a flood. Secure furnaces, water heaters, and oil tanks so they will not tip over if it floods.

Warmer temperatures and resulting snow melt can produce large amounts of runoff in a short period of time. Each cubic fo...
03/03/2021

Warmer temperatures and resulting snow melt can produce large amounts of runoff in a short period of time. Each cubic foot of compacted snow contains about 7.5 gallons of water. Six inches of moving water can knock you down and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away. Spring storms can bring several inches of precipitation in just hours. This, combined with snow melt, can result in oversaturated ground, overfilled storm drains, and river and levee spill over. Flash flooding can come at no warning.

Here are some tips to help reduce your risk:
• Avoid driving in areas already flooded.
• Never drive through flooded roadways or around
barricades.
• Stay off bridges over fast moving water.

March is Red Cross Month. During 2021, The Red Cross will celebrate its 140th Anniversary. We at PC EMA want to acknowle...
03/01/2021

March is Red Cross Month. During 2021, The Red Cross will celebrate its 140th Anniversary. We at PC EMA want to acknowledge the Red Cross’ mission to provide emergency assistance during and after a natural disaster, critical incident, or local hazard, such as a fire or power outage. The Red Cross also recruits people in the community for blood donations, providing for those in critical need during a disaster. Finally, the Red Cross reaches out to military veterans to volunteer with the Red Cross, helping some find greater meaning in life after their service. It is well known that the Red Cross’ influence stretches across the globe through its humanitarian missions that save lives and restore communities.

PC EMA salutes our Red Cross partners in their mission to assist communities impacted by critical incidents and natural disasters.

Porter County Emergency Management is READY to Respond! As we had posted earlier in the week, PC EMA was active during t...
02/26/2021

Porter County Emergency Management is READY to Respond! As we had posted earlier in the week, PC EMA was active during the 2020 COVID-19 response. Alongside our Covid-19 efforts, Porter County EMA provided a light tower to assist with a night fire in Jasper County, supported Emergency Operations Center and water rehabilitation to Porter County Search and Rescue. Additionally, the Mobile Command Truck was activated to assist with coordinating the response at the NISPCO Shaffer Station fire in Jasper County. The Rehabilitation Trailer, which has an air conditioning unit, was also deployed to the NIPSCO fire to assist firefighters with rehabilitation on a very hot day in July. Thanks to all the Porter County Emergency Personnel who keep Porter County Strong and are READY to Respond!

We at Porter County Emergency Management greatly appreciate all the efforts of our personnel in supporting our county to...
02/24/2021

We at Porter County Emergency Management greatly appreciate all the efforts of our personnel in supporting our county to be PREPARED for the next hazardous incident or disaster. Throughout this past year, while COVID has been one focus of our response, Porter County personnel continue day-to-day operations to keep our community READY!

Some of these ways include programming emergency communication devices, informing the public of critical incidents and disasters through alert systems, participating in exercises designed to increase readiness for disasters, attending and providing training on preparedness topics, organizing and keeping track of equipment needed for disasters, and maintaining our county tornado sirens and response equipment such as our Rehabilitation Trailer and PC EMA response truck the “Dually.” We work to educate the public about how to be prepared for disasters through participation in live planned events with other public safety partners as well as through social media posts.

These are just some of the ways Porter County Emergency Management personnel work to help our county remain Porter County Strong!

This week is Emergency Management Agency appreciation week in the State of Indiana. We at Porter County Emergency Manage...
02/23/2021

This week is Emergency Management Agency appreciation week in the State of Indiana. We at Porter County Emergency Management want to take the time to help our Porter County residents understand how our mission “To assist Porter County in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from hazardous incidents and disasters” has been executed over the past year. We will also highlight the personnel who are making a difference in our Porter County community.

Today, we want to share with everyone PC EMA’s role in our COVID-19 response. During the initial months of COVID-19, our Emergency Operations Center was activated. Our Emergency Operations Center assisted in coordinating the intelligence gathering and information sharing utilized in decision making among our Porter County public safety agencies. Porter County Emergency Management Agency also served as an allocation and distribution point for personal protective equipment for those same agencies.

Below are some photos of the active role Porter County Emergency Management agency played in the COVID-19 response. Some of these activities included: Working with the Salvation Army to distribute COVID-19 care kits to our Senior population, processing and distributing 141, 804 units of personal protective equipment to Porter County public safety agencies, and working together in our Emergency Operations Center to coordinate information and resources in the response. We greatly appreciate all of the personnel who have been assisting during the COVID-19 pandemic! If we all work together we can help make Porter County Strong!!

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1995 S State Road 2
Valparaiso, IN
46385-9044

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:00 - 16:00
Friday 08:00 - 16:00

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(219) 462-8654

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The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the below missing individual: Rodrick (Rod) Moore, 75 years of age. Last seen leaving his residence on Mississnewa Court at approximately 7:45 p.m. this evening. We are told he suffers from dementia. Believed to be wearing a baseball hat, grey long sleeved shirt, light colored shorts, and tennis shoes. If you have any information, please contact us at 219-477-3000 or Submit a Tip via our App. Thank you!
Still no help from law enforcement. I was told i might be able to get the report Tuesday...this happened last wednesday. I plan on being very loud about this and have a ton of support. I demand justice #JusticeforEcho
Did anyone ever find out why your computer initiated a test message at 11PM on Tues the 6th?
i live in porter co and work in lake co and u guys agencies are great at upating us. thanx so much!
u guys need to update your website, comments and info. a list of storm shelters as well, thanks
Reason for current siren activation?
Were there emergency sirens being tested this morning in Jackson Twp.?
Just heard there were shots fired at Ameriplex in Portage, anyone knowing what is going on there?
Will the outdoor warning sirens be tested on the 4th?
I would like to take a minute to thank your organization for what you do. I am the Operations Manager at SERVPRO in Porter County and have been heavily involved in a very large local commercial fire loss that you have assisted with. I personally run a service operation that prides itself on efficiency, safety, and professionalism. In my experience as a business owner, and also as a disaster coordinator and manager, I fully understand the work, training, and resources that go into a well established organization. Your organization has far exceeded my expectations, it was an absolute honor to watch your operation while assisting in this situation. The support that Porter County Emergency Management provided to the emergency personnel and to the community was fantastic. I am sure much of the general public are not aware of the services you provide, but I wanted to publicly thank you for what you do. It is good to see that tax dollars are being put to use in areas that are truly needed in our communities. With sincere regards, Thank You.