Porter County Emergency Management Agency

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Winter weather has arrived!  With the arrival of colder temps and falling snow, it is time to make sure your car is “win...
11/25/2020

Winter weather has arrived! With the arrival of colder temps and falling snow, it is time to make sure your car is “winter ready”. Below are some tips on how to keep your car in good running condition this season.

Make sure you check:
1. Battery cables and terminals
• Free from corrosion
• Tight connections
2. Drive belts
• Inspect underside for cracks or fraying
• Serpentine belts do not show signs of wear so
replace every 60,000 miles
3. Engine hoses
• Inspect cooling system hoses for leaks, cracks, or
loose clamps
• Squeeze hoses and replace any that are brittle or
have an excessively spongy feeling
4. Tire type and thread
• Consider installing snow tires for better winter
traction
• All season tires are fine in light to moderate snow
• Replace any tire that has less than 3/32 inches of
tread
• Uneven tread can mean issues with alignment,
wheel balance, or suspension problems that can
cause further damage to tire
5. Tire pressure
• You can fire the proper tire pressure level in your
owner’s manual or on a sticker inside the driver’s
side door.
6. Air Filer
• Check the air filter by holding it up to a 60 watt light
bulb.
• If you can see light through most of it, it is still clean
• If light is blocked replace
7. Coolant level
• Check the coolant level in the overflow tank when
the engine is cold
• If the level is low, add 50/50 solution of coolant and
water to maintain the antifreeze
• Check the antifreeze protection level yearly with an
inexpensive tester that you can get at an auto parts
store
8. Lights
• Check the operations of all light including:
headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals,
emergency flashers, and back up lights
• Replace any burned out bulbs
9. Wiper blades
• Blades should be clear of glass with each swipe
• Replace any blade that leaves streaks or misses
spots
• Consider using winter wiper blades that have a boot
to wrap the frame that reduces ice and snow build
up
10. Washer fluid
• Fill windshield washer fluid reservoir with winter
cleaning solution that has an antifreeze component
to prevent freeze
11. Check fluids: transmission, brake, and power steering
• Make sure they are all at or above the minimum
safe levels.
12. Have a mechanic check
• Battery and charging system
• Ignition system
• Brakes
• Exhaust system
• Heat
• Tires (Replace if worn, check air pressure)

Many of us will be home for the holidays. It is important to keep safety in mind as we prepare.  Kitchen safety is of ut...
11/23/2020

Many of us will be home for the holidays. It is important to keep safety in mind as we prepare. Kitchen safety is of utmost importance when planning for that big Thanksgiving meal. Below are tips to help make your holiday safer!
• Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop so you can monitor food preparation.
• Do not leave your home when cooking the turkey and check on it frequently. Oven fires can happen!
• Keep children 3 feet away from the stove to avoid burns.
• Keep children away from hot foods and liquids that can splash and burn them.
• Keep children away from knives that can cut them.
• Be sure electrical cords are not dangling where children or pets can pull them.
• Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach.
• Do not leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.
• Keep the floor free from tripping hazards such as toys, bags, purses, etc.
• Test your smoke alarms before the big day to be sure they are working.
• In the event of a kitchen fire:

As winter approaches, it is a good time to make sure you have a Winter Weather Preparedness “Go Kit” in your car. The un...
11/19/2020

As winter approaches, it is a good time to make sure you have a Winter Weather Preparedness “Go Kit” in your car. The unexpected can happen at any time, and it is important to be prepared. Don’t wait until the snow hits. Get your kit ready today! Below are items recommended for your automobile’s Preparedness Go Kit:
• Jumper cables
• Tow strap
• Reflective triangle
• LED flashing beacon
• Tire repair kit & pump
• Ice scraper
• Snow brush
• Chemical heat packs
• Lighter or waterproof matches
• Hand warmers
• Car cell phone charger
• Non-clumping cat litter or sand for traction
• Steel Shovel
• Tool kit
• Compass
• Road Maps
• Bottled water
• High energy foods (Granola bars, raisins, nuts, etc.)
• Flashlight or battery powered lantern
• Extra batteries
• 2 Blankets (minimum)
• Hats, mittens, warm clothes, boots
• Extra socks
• First Aid Kit
• Necessary medications

Porter County Emergency Management Agency's cover photo
11/19/2020

Porter County Emergency Management Agency's cover photo

Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for ...
11/11/2020

Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for you, our veterans.

This holiday, originally called Armistice Day, started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country's service. It fell on Nov. 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was renamed "Veterans Day" in order to account for all veterans in all wars.

Porter County Emergency Management Agency celebrates and honors America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

To our Porter County veterans, thank you for our freedom.

11/11/2020

NWS Alert:

Tornado Watch
Tornado Watch issued November 10 at 7:56PM CST until November 10 at 8:00PM CST by NWS Chicago IL
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL ALLOW TORNADO WATCH 505 TO
EXPIRE AT 8 PM CST THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN INDIANA THIS ALLOWS TO EXPIRE 1 COUNTY

IN NORTHWEST INDIANA

PORTER

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF CHESTERTON, PORTAGE, AND VALPARAISO.

11/11/2020

NWS Alert:

Tornado Watch
Tornado Watch issued November 10 at 7:23PM CST until November 10 at 8:00PM CST by NWS Chicago IL
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 505 IN
EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM CST THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN INDIANA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 1 COUNTY

IN NORTHWEST INDIANA

PORTER

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF CHESTERTON, PORTAGE, AND VALPARAISO.

Governor Holcomb has proclaimed November 8-14, 2020, as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana. Winter driving cond...
11/09/2020

Governor Holcomb has proclaimed November 8-14, 2020, as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana. 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.

1. Avoid driving while fatigued or when the visibility is poor
to reduce driving risks.
2. Keep your focus ahead on the road.
3. Turn off or down anything that you feel is distracting you
from the road.
4. Keep conversations inside the vehicle at a minimum if
the weather becomes adverse or pull over to a safe
place if necessary.
5. Keep your speed low and the headlights low beam as to
not blind other drivers.
6. Pull off the road if it is not safe to avoid accidents.
7. If you do get stuck in the snow, avoid spinning wheels to
avoid digging deeper into the snow.
8. Use traction mats, sand, or salt in front of and in back of
drive wheels.
9. Do not use cruise control on slippery surfaces as you
can slide and lose control.
10. Look and steer where you want to drive.
11. Stay in the lane cleared most recently.
12. Avoid changing lanes.
13. Using steering to get around an obstacle is preferred
when you have to brake at speeds above 25mph as
braking can lead to skids.
14. Avoid using the parking brake in cold, rainy, and snowy
weather as they can freeze and snap.
15. When getting out of a parking space, clear a path in front
of the wheels for several feet so you do not get stuck.

Space Heater Safety:As the weather turns colder, our homes are chillier. Earlier in the week, we talked about NEVER usin...
11/05/2020

Space Heater Safety:

As the weather turns colder, our homes are chillier. Earlier in the week, we talked about NEVER using ovens to heat your home and discussed briefly that portable space heaters are a safer option. Portable space heaters can be a way to supplement the central heating in a room. Read below safety tips for safe operation and the considerations of using space heaters.
1. Purchase a space heater that has a seal from a qualified testing laboratory (Such as UL, CSA, ETL).
2. Purchase a heater with a thermostat and overheat protection, which has an auto shut-off.
3. Be sure the heater is placed on a hard, level surface.
4. Keep the heater at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn, including people and animals.
5. Inspect cords to make sure they’re not damaged or frayed in any way.
6. Make sure the plug is securely plugged into the outlet. Make sure it does not come loose or fall out.
7. Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.
8. Teach everyone in your household how to properly operate the space heater.
9. Avoid using fuel burning heaters inside your home. If you do, make sure it is properly ventilated.
10. Do not put space heater cords under rugs, carpets or furniture.
11. Do not put space heaters in the way of an exit.
12. Keep heaters away from water, i. e., do not run space heaters in a bathroom or humid basement.
13. Do not touch the heater if you have wet hands as this increases the risk of electrical shock.
14. Plug a space heater directly into a wall outlet. NEVER USE EXTENSION CORDS!
15. If you leave a room or go to sleep, turn the space heater off and unplug.
16. Types of electric space heaters:
a. Oil or water filled- heated oil or water travels through the heater.
b. Fan forced heater- A fans blows warm air over metal coils.
c. Ceramic heater- Air is warmed over a ceramic heating element.
d. Infrared heaters- heat is created by infrared bulbs.

11/03/2020

This is a test of the Porter County Emergency Alert System. In the event of an emergency, this system would bring you important information.

Porter County Elections & Registration
11/03/2020

Porter County Elections & Registration

While voting in person today, we ask that you please have some patience with your fellow Porter County voters as they cast their ballot. For some voters, especially our seniors, casting a long ballot on the new machines is a new process and it may take them longer. Casting your ballot is fundamental to our democracy. Voters will be allowed to take whatever time necessary to cast their vote.
#everyvotecounts

Heating Your Home with an Oven? Never!! When the weather becomes chilly, some people erroneously believe that heating yo...
11/02/2020

Heating Your Home with an Oven? Never!!

When the weather becomes chilly, some people erroneously believe that heating your apartment or home with an oven is safe. Heating your home with an oven is NEVER safe! Read below why and learn safer ways to heat your home as the weather becomes progressively colder.

1. Heating your home with a gas oven can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning which can be deadly.
• Carbon monoxide gas is invisible, odorless, and
tasteless and in high levels can be fatal.
• Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include
(Sometimes mistaken for the flu):
a. Headaches.
b. Dizziness.
c. Nausea.
d. Breathlessness.
e. Fainting.
f. Loss of consciousness.

2. Unattended high heat
• Leaving any oven alone while it is active is very
dangerous.
• Pets or children can be seriously injured through
accidental contact.
• Something can also fall into the oven and create a
fire.

3. Insufficient heating
• The air does not circulate through the living space
well.
• Use a space heater instead.

4. Check your thermostat to report any heating problems.

Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend. Fall back 1 hour and check your smoke detectors!! Happy Fall, Y'all!
10/30/2020

Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend. Fall back 1 hour and check your smoke detectors!! Happy Fall, Y'all!

October 28th is set aside as National First Responders Day to honor the men and women who dedicate their lives to saving...
10/28/2020

October 28th is set aside as National First Responders Day to honor the men and women who dedicate their lives to saving lives. Porter County Emergency Management Agency wants to thank all who run toward a crisis while the rest of the world flees. We pay tribute to your endless hours of service that you provide our great community, our great state and our great nation. God bless you and your families for your sacrifice that goes far beyond the hours you work.

SIMPLE STEPS FOR A SAFE HALLOWEENKids love the magic of Halloween, but the COVID-19 pandemic means Halloween may be a bi...
10/26/2020

SIMPLE STEPS FOR A SAFE HALLOWEEN

Kids love the magic of Halloween, but the COVID-19 pandemic means Halloween may be a bit different this year. You can still have fun! Porter County Emergency Management Agency encourages you to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines to ensure your celebrations are safe.
Of course, costume and traffic safety measures still apply.

Costume Safety:
To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, the American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a list of Halloween safety tips. Before Halloween arrives, be sure to choose a costume that won't cause safety hazards.
• All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-
resistant
• If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective
tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow
sticks
• When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is
nontoxic and always test it in a small area first
• Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent
skin and eye irritation

When They're on the Prowl:
Here's a scary statistic: Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Lack of visibility because of low lighting at night also plays a factor in these incidents.
Keep these tips in mind when your children are out on Halloween night:
• A responsible adult should accompany young children
on the neighborhood rounds
• If your older children are going alone, plan and review a
route acceptable to you
• Agree on a specific time children should return home
• Teach your children never to enter a stranger's home or
car
• Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas
and stick with their friends
• Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return
home
• Children and adults are reminded to put electronic
devices down, keep heads up and walk, don't run,
across the street

Safety Tips for Motorists:
NSC offers these additional safety tips for parents – and anyone who plans to be on the road during trick-or-treat hours:
• Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and
curbs
• Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
• At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in
dark clothing
• Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on
Halloween

There are public Wi-Fi networks everywhere in today’s world. This makes it very easy for anyone to connect to the Intern...
10/22/2020

There are public Wi-Fi networks everywhere in today’s world. This makes it very easy for anyone to connect to the Internet, including people that may want to do harm to others. These free hotspots are convenient, but they are not always secure. They can potentially expose you to cybercriminals that steal sensitive information. Read below for some steps you can take to protect yourself when connecting to Wi-Fi Networks.

1. Confirm the name of the network and login procedures
with appropriate staff and make sure the network is
legitimate.
• Cybercriminals can easily create a similar shared
network hoping you will overlook which is the
legitimate one.
• Most hotspots are not secure and do not encrypt
information you send over the Internet.
2. Your wireless hotspot is more secure than a public
network.
• Avoid private transactions such as shopping,
banking, or other sensitive work on public networks.
3. Install updates for apps and your device’s operating
system as soon as they are available.
• This prevents cybercriminals from attacking known
vulnerabilities in the software.
4. Use different passwords for different accounts and
devices.
• Do not choose options to “remember the password”
as this can allow criminals into your accounts if your
device is lost or stolen.
5. Disable auto connect features and always log out of Wi-
Fi.
6. Ensure your websites are encrypted.
• When entering personal information over the
Internet, make sure the website is encrypted.
• Encrypted websites use https://. Look for this on
every page, not just the login or welcome page.

SECURING FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS on MOBILE DEVICES:October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.  People are online ...
10/19/2020

SECURING FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS on MOBILE DEVICES:

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. People are online more than ever, from engaging in day to day business to leisure activities such as virtual dinners and family get togethers. Today, we will focus on how you can stay safe when conducting mobile financial transactions. Read below some tips on how you can protect your monetary assets from cybercrime.
1. More than half of adults (51 %) bank online and 32 %
utilize their mobile device for banking.
2. 54% percent of young adults between 18 and 29 years
old bank on their mobile devices.
3. 22% percent of all mobile phone users have made a
mobile payment, up from 15% in 2012.
4. 62% percent of non-mobile payment users cited concern
about the security of technology as why they are not
comfortable with utilizing mobile banking services.
5. Use stronger authentication.
• Always utilize stronger authentication when
available, especially email and financial accounts.
6. Make strong and complex passwords.
• Use 8 characters or more with a combination of
upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and
symbols.
7. Use unique passwords.
• Use different passwords for different accounts,
programs, and devices.
• Do not choose options to have the device
remember your passwords.
8. Check your account statements regularly.
• Review credit card, banking, and payment service
statements for unauthorized charges.
9. Know your applications.
• Be sure to review and understand how an
application works before you download and install it
given that many apps request access to your
personal information.
• Delete apps you do not use regularly to increase
security.
10. Review social media permissions.
• Payment services and purchases linked to your
social media account could be accidentally shared
with a larger network.
• The more you post about yourself, the easier it is
for someone to access your accounts and steal
your identity.
• Read and understand privacy permissions and
settings.

Address

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

Telephone

(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.