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Being Pet Prepared! June is Pet Preparedness Month! The basics of emergency preparedness also applies to our four legged...
06/09/2020

Being Pet Prepared!

June is Pet Preparedness Month! The basics of emergency preparedness also applies to our four legged family members. Read below on how you can keep your pet safe using a variety of strategies!

June 1-7, 2020 is National CPR and AED Awareness Week, spotlighting how lives can be saved if more Americans know CPR an...
06/01/2020

June 1-7, 2020 is National CPR and AED Awareness Week, spotlighting how lives can be saved if more Americans know CPR and how to use an AED. Did you know about 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes? If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love. Be the difference for your parent, spouse, or child. What if it were them? Porter County Emergency Management Agency invites you to celebrate National CPR and AED Awareness Week. Below are ways you can partner with us to save lives:
• Find an Instructor-led CPR course near you
• Give a ‘CPR Anytime Infant Kit’ to a new parent or grandparent in your life
• Organize a CPR training session at your church or place of employment
• Go to BeCPRSmart.org and watch the Hands-Only CPR video
The American Heart Association has tons of useful information on how to save a life. To learn more, visit heart.org/handsonlycpr

NATIONAL EMS WEEK: May 17-23, 2020, is the 46th annual National EMS Week. In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS ...
05/19/2020

NATIONAL EMS WEEK:

May 17-23, 2020, is the 46th annual National EMS Week. In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation's communities. Porter County Emergency Management Agency would like to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line." Please join us in recognizing EMS and all that its practitioners do for our community.

Flash FloodsFlash flooding is the most hazardous weather disaster in the United States. Floods cause power outages, dama...
05/18/2020

Flash Floods

Flash flooding is the most hazardous weather disaster in the United States. Floods cause power outages, damage infrastructure, trigger landslides, and can be deadly.
Heavy rainfall in a short period of time causes water to rise rapidly, elevating the risk of flooding. Flash floods occur with little warning, but flooding can also develop slowly after rain ceases.
Before a Flood:
• Construct barriers (levees, beams, floodwalls) to stop floodwater from entering your home. Sandbags can provide a temporary levee in an emergency.
• Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage.
• Pay attention to weather forecasts. When heavy rain or storms are forecasted, listen to the radio or television for information on flooding risk.
• Be prepared! Assemble an emergency kit in case you need to evacuate. Don't forget to include necessary prescription medications and a small first aid kit.
• Charge cell phone batteries and any reusable batteries for flashlights. Buy extra batteries in case power isn’t restored immediately.
• If possible, bring in outdoor furniture and move important items to an upper floor, above possible flood levels.
During a Flood:
• Avoid low spots, like ditches, basements, or underpasses. These become extremely dangerous during a flash flood.
• Do not walk through flooded areas. It can be difficult to tell how deep the water is and what lies underneath the water that could hurt you.
• Do not drive into flooded areas. Remember: “Turn around, don’t drown.” If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground—only if you can do so safely.

NATIONAL POLICE WEEK MAY 10-16, 2020In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day...
05/12/2020

NATIONAL POLICE WEEK
MAY 10-16, 2020

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. ... National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America's law enforcement community.

The crisis that our nation and the world is currently facing has resulted in the cancellation of public gatherings in Washington, DC, and across the nation, during National Police Week 2020. Porter County Emergency Management Agency wants you to know that National Police Week continues to be a dedicated time on our calendar to honor, remember, and celebrate American Law Enforcement.

Reopening of IndianaLast Friday, Governor Holcomb laid out a plan for reopening Indiana after being in a Stay At Home Or...
05/06/2020

Reopening of Indiana
Last Friday, Governor Holcomb laid out a plan for reopening Indiana after being in a Stay At Home Order since March 23, 2020. According to Governor Holcomb, the Indiana reopening is a progression through five stages. Our county is currently in the second stage this week, as of May 4, 2020. According to Governor Holcomb, progression through the stages will be assessed on an ongoing basis and progression to each stage will be determined by examining the COVID-19 data for each county. Counties independently can set a more stringent status if they determine but not a less stringent one.
See below the Governor’s reopening plan. Individual cities and townships have also been posting their reopening plans in graphical form. Be sure to check your own municipality's page for that information.

05/05/2020
122nd Fighter Wing

The 122FW will be performing #AirForceSalutes flyovers Today May 5th in the skies above Northwest Indiana!!! 🔥🔥🔥
4:36 p.m. CST - Lafayette, IN downtown
4:51 p.m. CST – Gary, IN downtown
4:56 p.m. CST – Michigan City, IN downtown
5:02 p.m. CST – South Bend, IN downtown
5:07 p.m. CST – Plymouth, IN downtown
5:12 p.m. CST – Warsaw, IN downtown
5:17 p.m. CST – Columbia City, IN downtown

A-10s preparing for the flyover! Thank you to everyone helping fight COVID-19!

The Porter County tornado siren test scheduled for 11am Tuesday, May 5, has been canceled, due to weather in the area.Du...
05/05/2020

The Porter County tornado siren test scheduled for 11am Tuesday, May 5, has been canceled, due to weather in the area.

During an actual emergency: Residents and businesses should immediately respond to the outdoor warning sirens by taking cover, along with their pets, in designated storm-resistant locations, and continue to monitor sources for emergency information.

Now is the time for residents without a tornado shelter of their own to determine where they will go in case of a tornado warning, according to emergency response officials. Residents who have an appropriate shelter are encouraged to be open to neighbors without shelter by allowing them to share theirs, if approached.

Porter County Emergency Management Agency tests the outdoor warning sirens the 1st Tuesday of every month at 11 a.m. to make sure they are functioning and make repairs if needed.

Below is a severe weather awareness campaign children’s activity book to use as an e-learning activity
https://www.weather.gov/media/ind/PrepWeeks/Severe/IDHSKidsSWABooklet.pdf .

The weather services urges residents to know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning:
• A WATCH signals that a tornado is possible in the area. During a watch, you should discuss emergency plans and check supplies and your safe room.
• A WARNING means you need to take action. A tornado has been sighted or indicated by the weather radar. Move to your safe room.

Four military planes will soar over Northwest Indiana Tuesday afternoon to salute health care workers, first responders ...
05/04/2020

Four military planes will soar over Northwest Indiana Tuesday afternoon to salute health care workers, first responders and other essential personnel who remain on the job amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Fort Wayne-based 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana National Guard is performing an "Air Force Salute" in the Region as part of its regularly scheduled training missions and at no additional cost to the taxpayer.

The four A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft are scheduled to fly over downtown Gary at 4:51 p.m. Region time and over downtown Michigan City at 4:56 p.m.

The flyover also will be visible to people located in areas in and near the flight path from Lafayette to Gary, from Gary to Michigan City, and from Michigan City to South Bend.

According to the National Guard, a variance of a few minutes on either side of the scheduled time may be unavoidable. The salute also could be canceled if there is inclement weather.

Indiana residents are urged to view the flyover from their homes, refrain from traveling to watch the planes, follow social distancing guidelines and avoid large gatherings.

Pandemic Mental Health ResourcesThe COVID-19 Pandemic has presented us with some challenging times. The State of Indiana...
05/01/2020
Helping Hoosiers Maintain Their Well-Being | Be Well Indiana

Pandemic Mental Health Resources

The COVID-19 Pandemic has presented us with some challenging times. The State of Indiana has produced a website to assist Hoosiers in navigating the emotional landscape of dealing with stress and COVID-19. For some great resources and coping tips, click on the link below to access videos, articles, and graphics that can assist you and your family in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can also contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

https://bewellindiana.com/?utm_source=BeWellIndianaOrg&utm_medium=vanity&utm_campaign=awareness

Find resources compiled by the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction designed to help Hoosiers stay connected and maintain their well-being.

Salvation Army, Porter County Emergency Management Team Up to Support Porter County SeniorsToday, the Porter County Emer...
04/28/2020

Salvation Army, Porter County Emergency Management Team Up to Support Porter County Seniors

Today, the Porter County Emergency Management Agency assisted the Salvation Army with distributing care packages to seniors throughout Porter County. These care packages, funded through donations, were designed to provide support to those who are at high-risk and unable to leave their residence due to social distancing orders. The packages were delivered to the recipients’ doors, who were notified immediately afterward so they could retrieve the items and still adhere to social distancing practices.
We are extremely proud to assist the Salvation Army with this effort. They have been a great partner in our ability to respond to this very unique situation. Our agency continues to look for ways in which to assist responders and citizens alike in not only navigating through this pandemic, but ultimately recovering from it as well.

In commemoration of International Firefighters’ Day, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) asks you to join...
04/27/2020

In commemoration of International Firefighters’ Day, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) asks you to join us in celebrating firefighters by lighting your home in red on May 4 – 5, 2020. We ask that you change your porch light(s) and share your #ShineYourLight4Firefighters story with us on social media as a thank you to all of the firefighters who are on the front lines every day, keeping us safe.

We would like to wrap up volunteer week by sharing with you one of the very practical ways that Porter County Emergency ...
04/24/2020

We would like to wrap up volunteer week by sharing with you one of the very practical ways that Porter County Emergency Management volunteers keep our county safe from All Hazards incidents and disasters.
Some weeks back, we introduced you to the different sections that comprise Porter County Emergency Management and the functions and purposes of each.
One of those was our Weather Warning Section. The Weather Warning section assists with notifying the public of All Hazards incidents, which include severe storms and tornados.
This section also is responsible for maintaining our county wide siren system. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our Weather Warning section has been performing double duty by monitoring and upkeeping our sirens. They are going above and beyond the call of duty to keep our Porter County Citizens safe and protected.
We greatly appreciate the hard work and dedication of these Volunteer Section Leaders who have been putting in extra hours to keep the Porter County community protected. They are living examples of our county motto: Porter County Strong!!!

National Volunteer Week is this week, April 19-25. Porter County EMA would like to recognize the impact of volunteer ser...
04/23/2020

National Volunteer Week is this week, April 19-25. Porter County EMA would like to recognize the impact of volunteer service in tackling society’s greatest challenges. Volunteers play an essential role in building stronger communities and are a powerful force that transforms the world. This year, we shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve, recognizing and thanking our PCEMA volunteers who lend their time, talent and voice to make a difference in Porter County.

Porter County Emergency Management Agency's cover photo
04/22/2020

Porter County Emergency Management Agency's cover photo

Porter County EMA would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to Administrative Assistant, Ellen Reed for her dedic...
04/22/2020

Porter County EMA would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to Administrative Assistant, Ellen Reed for her dedicated service to our agency. Your efforts do not go unnoticed and we are a better organization because of you. Thank you and Happy Administrative Assistant's Day!

How Seniors Can Cope with COVID-19 Stress Most people (80%) recover without needing any special treatments Contact you...
04/21/2020

How Seniors Can Cope with COVID-19 Stress

 Most people (80%) recover without needing any special treatments
 Contact your doctor if you are not feeling well
 Create a plan with a trusted family member in the instance you fall ill
 Ask friends to run errands for you, such as getting groceries, obtaining medications, or other supplies
• If you do not have a friend to assist you, contact a mutual aid organization to pick up and deliver items
o Contact AARP Community Connections to find mutual aid organizations. You can also call 211
• Reduce your overall anxiety level about the corona virus by engaging in health behaviors that reduce your risk.
o Staying home
o Washing your hands
o Social distancing
• Manage the information you receive about the corona virus by obtaining knowledge from reliable sources:
o CDC website
o Indiana State Department of Health
o Local health department
• Set limits on the amount of time spent consuming news about the corona pandemic
o 1 to 2 times a day, 30 minutes (example)
• Understand differences between your typical stress response and an atypical stress response
o Atypical distress reactions
 Excessive worry and feeling overwhelmed emotionally
 Significant changes in energy level, sleep, eating, and concentration
 Hopelessness
 Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
 Contact SAMSHA Disaster Hotline 800-985-5990
• Find a meaningful task within your support network to direct anxiety
• Be on the lookout for COVID-19 scams and avoid them!
• Create positive moments, savor those, and learn to be positive in small things
• Reach out for positive peer support
• Learn to use technology to stay connected to loved ones
• Stay active
• Find ways to help others
• If you are a part of a religious organization or social group, connect with them
• Build new relationships using social media and the internet
• Make a list of your interests and create hobbies from those
• Reach out if you need!



 Most people (80%) recover without needing any special treatments
 Contact your doctor if you are not feeling well
 Create a plan with a trusted family member in the instance you fall ill
 Ask friends to run errands for you, such as getting groceries, obtaining medications, or other supplies
• If you do not have a friend to assist you, contact a mutual aid organization to pick up and deliver items
o Contact AARP Community Connections to find mutual aid organizations. You can also call 211
• Reduce your overall anxiety level about the corona virus by engaging in health behaviors that reduce your risk.
o Staying home
o Washing your hands
o Social distancing
• Manage the information you receive about the corona virus by obtaining knowledge from reliable sources:
o CDC website
o Indiana State Department of Health
o Local health department
• Set limits on the amount of time spent consuming news about the corona pandemic
o 1 to 2 times a day, 30 minutes (example)
• Understand differences between your typical stress response and an atypical stress response
o Atypical distress reactions
 Excessive worry and feeling overwhelmed emotionally
 Significant changes in energy level, sleep, eating, and concentration
 Hopelessness
 Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
 Contact SAMSHA Disaster Hotline 800-985-5990
• Find a meaningful task within your support network to direct anxiety
• Be on the lookout for COVID-19 scams and avoid them!
• Create positive moments, savor those, and learn to be positive in small things
• Reach out for positive peer support
• Learn to use technology to stay connected to loved ones
• Stay active
• Find ways to help others
• If you are a part of a religious organization or social group, connect with them
• Build new relationships using social media and the internet
• Make a list of your interests and create hobbies from those
• Reach out if you need!

We would like to give a big shout-out to all of our Porter County Emergency Management Volunteers.  Our agency would not...
04/20/2020

We would like to give a big shout-out to all of our Porter County Emergency Management Volunteers. Our agency would not be the same without your dedicated service.
Thank you so much for all you do!

This week is National Telecommunicators Week. Porter County Emergency Management would like to take this opportunity to ...
04/15/2020

This week is National Telecommunicators Week. Porter County Emergency Management would like to take this opportunity to thank our E911 dispatchers for their tireless work behind the scenes. As our nation recognizes the heroism of our First Responders in this COVID-19 battle, we need to also remember those who carefully screen the calls, advise responders of potential scene hazards, adapt to new working environments and longs hours, and works diligently to get the most updated information into data systems. THANK YOU, E911 Dispatchers! We celebrate you today, and every day.

Most people, by now, are feeling the effects of quarantine.  Many have cleaned and organized their home several times, a...
04/14/2020

Most people, by now, are feeling the effects of quarantine. Many have cleaned and organized their home several times, and are not sure how else to occupy their time. Read below some solutions to remain occupied and positive as we all continue to “Stay At Home” to flatten the COVID-10 curve.

• Begin new projects around the house
• Exercise or stretch; take up running or cycling; Zoom in on live exercise classes
• Write or create online video content
• Create artwork
• Connect with loved ones using video calls
• Learn new culinary skills, such as themed meals
• Playing games with friends and family online
• Learning new skills and information
• Reading
• Meditation/prayer
• Organize your home and office spaces
• Watch free Broadway shows
• Adult coloring/sticker books
• Tour zoos online
• Tour Museums online, both in the US and abroad
• Take up gardening
• Freshen up rooms with new paint (order paint chips online; curbside pickup)
• Re-arrange furniture for a new look
• Audio books
• Take nature walks and begin noting birds and flowers as the weather changes

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1995 S State Road 2
Valparaiso, IN
46385-9044

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Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:00 - 16:00
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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.