Porter County Emergency Management Agency

Porter County Emergency Management Agency MISSION:
To assist Porter County in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from hazardous incidents and disasters.
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Winter driving conditions change the way we need to approach driving in order to stay safe. Researchers say that 70% of ...
12/05/2023

Winter driving conditions change the way we need to approach driving in order to stay safe. Researchers say that 70% of the fatalities related to ice and snow occur in automobiles. Here are some helpful general winter driving tips that can assist you.

Every year, many children and their families travel house to house, seeking candied treats. We at Porter County EMA want...
10/31/2023

Every year, many children and their families travel house to house, seeking candied treats. We at Porter County EMA want to share some of these quick tips with you so your family can stay safe this Halloween. Some of these tips are courtesy of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

Porter County Emergency Management is holding a Memorial Brick sale for the new flagpole area at EMA, located at 1995 So...
10/17/2023

Porter County Emergency Management is holding a Memorial Brick sale for the new flagpole area at EMA, located at 1995 South State Road 2 in Valparaiso. The flagpole area was built by Girl Scout Oliva Lozano to remember First Responders and Military Personnel. The bricks can be purchased for those who are, or have been, either in the military or first responder fields (i.e.: Police, Firefighter, Medic, Hazmat, Dispatch, EMA, etc.) Sales will be available until November 30th! Scan the QR code or click the link below to order the perfect gift to honor your favorite hero.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdPUdnqKhhIibQE-GFK0kt9CNmt9l81cDQimEsLjVhaC9CDWA/viewform?pli=1

FUNDRAISER:Our agency is once again, selling goodies for the holiday season.  You can order your favorite butter braids,...
10/12/2023

FUNDRAISER:
Our agency is once again, selling goodies for the holiday season. You can order your favorite butter braids, cake rolls, cookies and now AMISH PRETZELS in time to receive them before Thanksgiving. Orders will be accepted from now through October 25, 2023. Proceeds will go to the Porter County Emergency Management Agency and be used to purchase items that support our agency's volunteer 1st responders.

Click the link below to see the delicious possibilities available:

Porter County EMA is raising funds. Please help me reach my goal by purchasing some delicious products. Sale ends on 10/25/2023, so don’t wait to order! I will deliver your order when they arrive. Thank you in advance for your support!

Porter County Emergency Management was notified that there will be a Nation-Wide Emergency Alert System Test.  On Octobe...
10/04/2023

Porter County Emergency Management was notified that there will be a Nation-Wide Emergency Alert System Test. On October 4th there will be an alert at 2:20pm ET. Starting at approximately 2:20 p.m. ET, cell towers will broadcast the test for about 30 minutes. During this period, WEA-compatible wireless phones that are powered on, within range of an active cell tower, and linked to a participating wireless provider should be capable of receiving the test message. The message on consumers' phones will read: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed." For phones set to Spanish, it will display: "ESTA ES UNA PRUEBA del Sistema Nacional de Alerta de Emergencia. No se necesita acción." WEA alerts come with a unique tone and vibration to ensure accessibility for everyone, including individuals with disabilities.

Porter County Emergency Management wants to congratulate a valuable member of our organization. Phil Griffith received t...
09/29/2023

Porter County Emergency Management wants to congratulate a valuable member of our organization. Phil Griffith received the Golden Hoosier Award granted by Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. This award is to acknowledge and recognize outstanding Hoosiers for their lifetime of service to their communities.

Phil served in the United States Navy, served as a fireman and the fire Chief for Valparaiso Fire Department, then served as Fire Chief for US Steel, where afterwords he was the Director for Porter County Emergency Mangement for 12 years. After all of this hard work and dedication that he has but in he is not done. Phil is still a volunteer for the Porter County EMA where he still works just as hard as he ever has.

Phil Congratulations and Thank you for everything you have done and will continue to do!

On Saturday, September 23, Porter County Emergency Management personnel conducted an open house at our facility. The ope...
09/25/2023

On Saturday, September 23, Porter County Emergency Management personnel conducted an open house at our facility.

The open house included demonstrations of the Emergency Operations Center and Porter County Emergency Management deployable assets. Some of these assets included the Command Truck, Response Boat, Rehabilitation Trailer, 4-Wheeler, Generators, Sandbag Filler, Light Tower and more.

Guests learned about how and under what circumstances assets can be deployed.

Guests were also provided with a free lunch, courtesy of 1-800 Board Up with John Jarka serving up the food.

We appreciate all who came out to learn about how Porter County Emergency Management helps our community prepare for, respond to, and recover from hazardous incidents and disasters.

Can't wait to see everyone tomorrow, Saturday September 23rd.  Don't miss our open house.  Details are below.
09/22/2023

Can't wait to see everyone tomorrow, Saturday September 23rd. Don't miss our open house. Details are below.

Harvest time is here! This can be a joyous time of celebrating all that has been worked for during Spring and Summer. Be...
09/15/2023

Harvest time is here! This can be a joyous time of celebrating all that has been worked for during Spring and Summer. Be aware during this time that our farmers are working long hours. Their day starts before sunrise and shortly after sunset. Therefore, farmers are more prone to fatigue during the harvest season. They are operating very heavy equipment, so take care when they are on the road.
Combined with increased traffic on the road during sunrise and sunset due to seasonal changes, this makes harvest time a prime time for road related accidents. Motorists often do not know how to act when slow moving farm equipment is ahead of them. Here are some tips for drivers who are on the road and encounter farm equipment.
Be alert. Most accidents happen at dawn or dusk, as these are the main commuting times. Be aware of an SUV with hazard lights on that may accompany farm equipment. Allow enough room for you to be able to slow down for farm equipment, especially on country roads.
Be patient! A farmer will pull over his equipment if and when he can. Do not expect the farmer to pull over immediately so you can pass. If the farmer does not pull over, slow down to 20 mph or less and follow patiently behind the farmer. Farm equipment also makes wide turns, so make sure you are cleared away from the equipment when they turn. Watch for turn signals and hand motions. Yield to wide approaching farm equipment. Pull off to a safe location and allow them to pass. NEVER assume a farmer knows you are close or nearby.

Porter County Emergency Management will be done working on Sirens for today. Thank you for your cooperation.
09/07/2023

Porter County Emergency Management will be done working on Sirens for today. Thank you for your cooperation.

Today Porter County Emergency Management will be doing maintenance on the Emergency Sirens in Porter County. For mainten...
09/07/2023

Today Porter County Emergency Management will be doing maintenance on the Emergency Sirens in Porter County. For maintenance Porter County EMA may have to sound the sirens that are being worked on. The siren will run for approximately 30 seconds and will not be a full 3-minute activation.

Want to see what EMA does and what equipment we have at our disposal?  Join Porter County Emergency Management for our o...
08/31/2023

Want to see what EMA does and what equipment we have at our disposal? Join Porter County Emergency Management for our open house, being held on Saturday, September 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We will have our equipment set up around the building so both emergency responders and citizens can not only see it, but try it out. Our personnel will be standing by to meet you and explain how we use the different types of apparatus during emergencies. Food is being provided by 1-800 Board Up. Don't miss this event!!!
We are located at 1995 South State Road 2 in Valparaiso.
(Directly across the street from the Essex Park Subdivision).

We can't wait to see you!

Another great turnout at the MAAC Training Center’s first responder appreciation day.  It was just amazing to speak with...
08/27/2023

Another great turnout at the MAAC Training Center’s first responder appreciation day. It was just amazing to speak with the public about what we do and to see the kids’ faces light up as they got to sit behind the wheel of our rescue boat. We had an entry to be our new mascot and Director Bella even did his impression of an Emergency Responder Ken Doll. Thanks to everyone who came out.

At approximately 11:09 a.m. Porter County EMA was called upon to assist at a residential structure fire in the Salt Cree...
08/24/2023

At approximately 11:09 a.m. Porter County EMA was called upon to assist at a residential structure fire in the Salt Creek Commons subdivision. EMA responded with the agency’s Rehab (climate controlled) trailer. This enabled responders to cool down and hydrate during the 100 degree temperatures. Responding agencies included South Haven Fire, Union Fire, Portage Fire, Valparaiso Fire, Porter County Sheriff’s Dept. and the State Fire Marshall’s office. No responders incurred injuries during this response.

Attention Porter County! We are expecting dangerous heat and humidity this week, with peak heat indexes between 105-110 ...
08/21/2023

Attention Porter County! We are expecting dangerous heat and humidity this week, with peak heat indexes between 105-110 degrees Fahrenheit topping out Wednesday and Thursday. Be aware that your risk of heat stroke/heat exhaustion increases significantly in this extreme of heat. Limit your outdoor activities and exposure to the sun. Do not leave your children or pets in unattended automobiles! If you have to be outside, stay hydrated and recover indoors on a periodic basis so you do not overheat.

Excessive heat is a significant risk to people’s health including heat stroke and heat exhaustion which can be fatal. Ex...
08/21/2023

Excessive heat is a significant risk to people’s health including heat stroke and heat exhaustion which can be fatal. Excessive heat is composed of excessively hot temperatures and oppressive humidity that lasts for two or more days. Read below how you and your family can stay safe over the summer.
• Know and understand the differences between the various excessive heat watches and warnings.
o Heat Advisory- Typically issued within one to three days of the onset of dangerous heat and is in effect until the danger subsides. There is a high certainty that the danger will occur.
o Excessive Heat Watch- Issued two to five days ahead of possible dangerous heat conditions. Lower than a warning.
o Excessive Heat Warning- Sometimes given after an Excessive Heat Watch and is issued one to three days of the onset of extremely dangerous heat conditions and is in effect until the extreme danger subsides. The certainty that the event will occur is high.
• The Heat Index
o Way to measure how hot it actually feels when humidity and temperature are considered together.
• During a heat wave
o Slow down
 Reduce, eliminate, or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Youth, the elderly, and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available space, which may not be indoors.
o Dress for summer
 Wear lightweight, loose fitting, light colored clothing so that heat can be reflected.
o Eat light
 Choose easy to digest foods such as fruit and salad If you decide to pack food. Use a cooler or use an ice pack. Be aware that meat and dairy products can spoil quickly.
o Drink plenty of water (not very cold)
 Focus on non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids. Even if you are not thirsty drink water. If you are on a fluid restrictive diet or have fluid retention issues, consult a physician before increasing your consumption.
o Use air conditioners
 Spend time in air conditioned areas where you are able to social distance.
o Use portable electric fans
 Fans dispel air from rooms or draw in cooler air.
 Do not direct the flow of fans towards yourself when the room temperature is greater than 90 degrees Farenhight. The dry blowing air will dehydrate you faster, endangering your health. Fans do not reduce body temperature.
o Minimize direct sun exposure.
o Take cool bath or showers.
o Only take salt tablets if directed by your physician.
o Be aware of infants, older, sick, or frail individuals and pets. Do not leave children, disabled adults, or pets in your car.
o Use shades or window coverings.

Address

1995 S State Road 2
Valparaiso, IN
46385

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 4pm
Tuesday 8am - 4pm
Wednesday 8am - 4pm
Thursday 8am - 4pm
Friday 8am - 4pm

Telephone

+12194628654

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