Emergency Management - News

17 Jan

2013 Great Cental U.S. ShakeOut

You are invited to join millions of people who will Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:15.a.m. on February 7, 2013* in the 2013 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut!

Last year more than 12.5 million people were registered in ShakeOut drills worldwide. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes.

Yes! The Hoosier state has trembled in the wake of earth waves generated by powerful earthquakes in the past, and will, no doubt, tremble again in quakes that are yet to come.

When the people living in and near the town of New Madrid in what is now southeastern Missouri went to bed on the night of December 15, 1811, they had no way of knowing that during the pre-dawn hours of the following morning they would be jarred from their peaceful slumber by shock waves that rippled through the earth with such force that buildings collapsed, trees toppled, and the Mississippi River changed course. The explosive force that shattered the stillness of that serene setting was one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in North America. During the next two months, the area would be rocked by three more quakes as powerful as the first (one just six hours after the first) and hundreds of smaller ones. The larger quakes shook the earth with enough force to cause church bells to ring in Washington, D.C. They were felt in Indiana and were even felt a thousand miles away in New Hampshire.

Since the New Madrid quakes, Indiana has felt the effects of many earthquakes. The strongest of these was the 1895 Charleston, Missouri quake, which damaged buildings in Evansville and other parts of southwestern Indiana. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the strongest quake centered in Indiana during historic times struck the Wabash River valley on September 27, 1909. This quake knocked down chimneys, broke windows, and cracked plaster in the lower Wabash Valley and was reportedly felt in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, and Tennessee. More recently, Indiana was shaken in 1987 by a quake centered near Olney, Illinois, just west of Vincennes.

Posted on 01/17/2013

13 Jul

USDA Designates Thirty-Six Counties in Indiana as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Indianapolis, July 13, 2012 - Julia A. Wickard, State Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Indiana announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 36 counties in Indiana as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by extreme drought. Those counties are:

Allen, Gibson, Marshall, St. Joseph, Carroll, Grant, Martin, Spencer, Cass, Greene, Miami, Steuben, Crawford,Howard, Noble, Sullivan, Daviess, Huntington, Orange, Vanderburgh, DeKalb, Knox, Perry, Wabash, Dubois, Kosciusko, Pike, Warrick, Elkhart, LaGrange, Posey, Wells, Fulton, Lawrence, Pulaski, Whitley

"Indiana FSA and its employees are committed to helping farmers navigate the multitude of programs that may be available in eligible counties," said Wickard. "The Summer of 2012 will not be long forgotten by those producers and their families that were negatively impacted by severe dry weather. USDA is here to assist."

Farm operators in the 19 counties listed below in Indiana also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous to the designated counties. These counties are:

Adams, Harrison, Madison, Tipton, Blackford, Jackson, Monroe, Vigo, Clay, Jasper, Owen, Washington, Clinton, Jay, Starke, White, Delaware, LaPorte, Tippecanoe

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on July 12, 2012, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from FSA, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

Recent changes in the disaster program will provide faster and more flexible assistance to farmers devastated by natural disasters. There are three significant improvements related to Secretarial disaster designations: a final rule that simplifies the process for Secretarial disaster designations and will result in a 40 percent reduction in processing time for most counties affected by disasters; a reduced interest rate for emergency loans that effectively lowers the current rate from 3.75 percent to 2.25 percent; and a payment reduction on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands qualified for emergency haying and grazing in 2012, from 25 to 10 percent.

USDA encourages all farmers to contact their crop insurance companies and local FSA offices, as applicable, to report damages to crops or livestock loss. In addition, USDA reminds livestock producers to keep thorough records of losses, including additional expenses for such things as feed purchased due to lost supplies. Additional resources to help farmers deal with drought may be found at http://www.usda.gov/disaster.

Posted on 07/13/2012

6 Jun

CodeRed Emergency Notifications

The Knox County Emergency Management Agency has instituted a new rapid emergency notification service called CodeRED®. The new system will distribute emergency messages via telephone, to targeted areas or the entire county at a rate of 1,000 calls per minute. CodeRED® employs a one-of-a-kind Internet mapping capability for geographic targeting of calls, coupled with a high speed telephone calling system capable of delivering customized pre-recorded emergency messages directly to homes and businesses, live individuals and answering machines.

By registering, you’ll be added to the emergency call list.

This service can be used in case of fires, chemical spills, evacuations, lock downs, downed power lines, lost individuals, natural disasters, abductions, water system problems, bomb threats, or other emergencies. Calls can be geographically targeted for localized messaging. If widespread, the entire community could be called within a few minutes. The system also reports who did not get a call so that they may be contacted by other means.

Knox County residents are welcome and encouraged to enter their contact information for home, business, and mobile phones so they may be contacted by the system in the event of an emergency. It is important for city residents and businesses customers to register, especially if they use unlisted numbers, cell phones, or VOIP. Those who do not register their address and phone number may not be notified with CodeRED in the case of an emergency. Registration is confidential, free, and easy.

Posted on 06/06/2012

16 Sep

SBA Disaster Loans

Beginning Wednesday, September 14, residents, businesses and non-profit organizations affected by severe storms, hail, tornadoes and flooding from April 19 through June 6 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The loans were made available in response to a letter from Gov. Mitch Daniels on September 2 that requested a disaster declaration by the SBA.

The declaration covers Decatur, Gibson, Monroe, Posey and Vanderburgh counties. As a result, residents and businesses in adjacent counties also can apply for loans. They include the counties of Bartholomew, Brown, Franklin, Greene, Jackson, Jennings, Knox, Lawrence, Morgan, Owen, Pike, Ripley, Rush, Shelby and Warrick in Indiana, Gallatin, Wabash and White in Illinois, and Henderson and Union in Kentucky.

How to Apply
Disaster loan information can also be completed on SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

Business loan applications can also be downloaded from the SBA website at www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be returned to a Disaster Loan Outreach Centers or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Individuals and businesses can call the SBA's Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Loans are available for damaged real estate and personal property for individuals. Businesses can apply for machinery, equipment, inventory, other business assets and working capital loans.

For more information, go to: http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=38411&information_id=76977&type;=&syndicate=syndicate

Posted on 09/16/2011

1 Sep


Throughout September there will be activities in Indiana and across the country to promote emergency preparedness. More than 3,000 organizations – national, regional, and local public and private organizations – are supporting emergency preparedness efforts and encouraging all Hoosiers to take action.

Get a Kit: Could you and your family survive after a major disaster without access to transportation, or major utilities? What will you eat and drink, and what will you use for light? Do you have enough essential medications, baby formula, and other special needs items to last at least three days? Is your first aid kit replenished?

Make a plan: Do you and your family members all know how to escape if your home catches fire, or where to go if a tornado is threatening your area? How you will communicate and where will your family reunite if you are separated during an emergency? What you will do if your child’s school or daycare facility closes. If you must evacuate during a flash flood or other disaster, do you know the best routes?

Be Informed: Is your home or office located in a flood plain or are you downstream from a major dam? Will you know if a severe thunderstorm is headed your way in the middle of the night? What is the difference between a tornado WATCH and a WARNING? Do you know which neighbors with small children, or other special needs family members might need help during a natural or manmade disaster?

Get Involved: Once you and your family are prepared for emergency situations, go out and teach someone about preparedness. Business and school officials should incorporate emergency plans into employee handbooks and standard curriculums. Families should have preparedness meetings and form networks.

Each person's needs and abilities are unique, but every individual can take important steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies and put plans in place. By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan, you can be better prepared for any situation. A commitment to planning today will help you prepare for any emergency situation. Preparing makes sense. Get prepared now.

Consider how a disaster might affect your individual needs.
Plan to make it on your own, at least for a period of time. It's possible that you will not have access to a medical facility or even a drugstore.
Identify what kind of resources you use on a daily basis and what you might do if they are limited or not available.

Get an emergency supply kit:
If you must evacuate, take your pets with you, if possible. However, if you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside.
Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets; consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.

Look into electronic or direct deposit payments for federal benefits. In the event of a disaster, it may be difficult to receive a check in the mail. Electronic or direct deposits will allow your benefits to reach you, even if you are unable to receive mail.

Create A Support Network:
If you anticipate needing assistance during a disaster talk to family, friends and others who will be part of your personal support network.
Write down and share each aspect of your emergency plan with everyone in your support network.
Make sure everyone knows how you plan to evacuate your home or workplace and where you will go in case of a disaster.
Make sure that someone in your local network has an extra key to your home and knows where you keep your emergency supplies.
Teach those who will help you how to use any lifesaving equipment, administer medicine in case of an emergency.
Practice your plan with those who have agreed to be part of your network.
Medications and Medical Supplies

If you take medicine or use a medical treatment on a daily basis, be sure you have what you need to make it on your own for at least a week, maybe longer.
Make a list of prescription medicines including dosage, treatment and allergy information.
Talk to your pharmacist or doctor about what else you need to prepare.
If you undergo routine treatments administered by a clinic or hospital or if you receive regular services such as home health care, treatment or transportation, talk to your service provider about their emergency plans. Work with them to identify back-up service providers and incorporate them into your personal support network.
Consider other personal needs such as eyeglasses, hearing aids and hearing aid batteries, wheelchair batteries, and oxygen.
Emergency Documents

Include copies of important documents in your emergency supply kits such as family records, medical records, wills, deeds, social security number, charge and bank accounts information and tax records.
Have copies of your medical insurance and Medicare cards readily available.
Keep a list of the style and serial number of medical devices or other life-sustaining devices. Include operating information and instructions.
Make sure that a friend or family member has copies of these documents.
Include the names and contact information of your support network, as well as your medical providers.
If you have a communication disability, make sure your emergency information notes the best way to communicate with you.
Keep these documents in a water proof container for quick and easy access.

Posted on 09/01/2011