EMERGENCY Management

Before winter approaches, update the emergency kits in your vehicles with:
  • A shovel
  • Windshield scraper and small broom
  • Flashlight
  • Battery powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Water
  • Snack food
  • Matches
  • Extra hats, socks and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • Blanket(s)
  • Tow chain or rope
  • Road salt and sand
  • Booster cables
  • Emergency flares
  • Fluorescent distress flares 
  • Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
  • A NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts alerts and warnings directly from the NWS for all hazards.
  • Download EMA's Smartphone App for local alerts and travel warnings.
  • Download FEMA’s Be Smart. Know Your Alerts and Warnings for a summary of notifications at: www.ready.gov/prepare.
  • Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.
  • Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water
The Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency along with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is joining with Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) to reinforce the new campaign: “Ready: Whenever. Wherever.” This comes on the heels of the November U.S. State Department issue of a Worldwide Travel Alert for all Americans, in effect now through February 24, 2016, and the mass shooting incident in San Bernadino, California. There are no specific threats for Indiana or the United States at this time, and Hoosiers should continue with plans to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. Local officials’ advice, as always, is to be aware of your surroundings, especially in public settings such as general crowds, at sporting events or while using public transportation. Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t seem right, leave the area and report what you see to law enforcement. For more information visit www.in.gov/dhs/getprepared.

“Ready: Whenever. Wherever.” is a public service campaign which encourages Hoosiers to practice reasonable awareness and develop a plan for action in the event of an emergency.

Hoosiers are asked to pause and consider potential safety risks in their surroundings and to identify possible actions they could take to increase their personal safety in the event of an emergency.
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Things to Consider
  • Think about different scenarios that could be encountered in public settings
  • Mentally or actively rehearse actions.
  • Identify the emergency exits and safety barriers upon entering a building.
  • Maintain awareness of other people and developing situations in the surrounding area.
  • Arrange ahead of time where to meet family and loved ones in case of emergency.

A disaster supply kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.

This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. 

Find out more on how to build your own kit by clicking on the preparedness kit below or by visiting ready.gov/kit