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School safety has been a hot issue after highly publicized shootings – including one in Indiana – this year. But so far, only a few school corporations have sought out loans through a new state program to fund safety improvements.

State Unveils Interactive Map Tracking EMS Naloxone Use

Aug 24, 2018

State and local groups working to address opioid addiction have a new tool. The state unveiled the Naloxone Administration Heatmap Thursday that updates each time time emergency responders administer the opioid overdose antidote, naloxone.

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After a student and her teacher were shot at Noblesville West Middle School at the end of last school year, the summer was spent on renewed conversations about school safety in Indiana.

The state offered to buy handheld metal detectors for any districts that wanted them and superintendents began taking a hard look at their protocols.

But experts say there’s still a lack of coordination and the state may not have closed many security loopholes.

State Offers All Schools Handheld Metal Detectors

Jul 9, 2018

Earlier this year, lawmakers made $35 million available in the common school fund so schools can take out loans to pay for safety upgrades, and set aside more dollars for the state’s school safety grant program.

Now, in a video update shared online, Gov. Eric Holcomb says another way the state wants to make schools safer is by helping control what gets inside.

Brookston residents cleanup, assess storm damage

Jun 23, 2016
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The 1,500 residents of Brookston spent Thursday without power, due to strong winds that felled dozens of trees and damaged buildings.

Most everyone in town, and on the outskirts, mentioned the sound of the wind that arrived with a storm just after midnight Thursday morning.

“I’ve never seen the wind like that last night,” Ken Lucas says. “That was just unbelievable.”

The hum of generators replaced the wind, as residents, including Lucas emerged from their houses and saw the damage.

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The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is updating their Hazard Mitigation Plan to comply with a new policy from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, more commonly known as FEMA. The new plan will include a section on the risks posed by changes in extreme weather patterns.

Indiana’s Hazard Mitigation Plan describes the natural disasters that affect the state and ways communities can lessen their impacts.

Bill Would Create School Security Handbook

Jan 27, 2016
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Schools may get a blueprint next year for tightening security.

The Senate votes next week on ordering Indiana's Department of Homeland Security to compile a handbook of security precautions schools should take.

Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville) says schools need more guidance on potential vulnerabilities.

But Boots notes the Department of Education already works with schools on security issues.

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Indiana is stepping in to provide disaster relief to Hoosiers turned down for federal help. The money will go to those affected by this summer’s severe flooding.

Individuals in 27 counties impacted by summer flooding were eligible to apply for federal Small Business Administration loans. 

But the state estimates that more than a hundred Hoosiers were turned down – and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is putting up more than $300 thousand to help those people. 

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A consortium of groups including the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is sending tens of thousands of pre-packaged meals and other supplies.

Thrive360 Executive Director Jill Madinger says her group is sending 57,000 pre-packaged meals on eight pallets. She says the main staple is a dehydrated soy-rice casserole.

“It just really makes us feel good to know that through Hoosier donations and Hoosier hands, that actually packaged these meals, that we’re able to help,” Madinger says.

State Officials Begin Flood Damage Assessments

Aug 18, 2015
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Officials from local governments, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and FEMA are conducting the damage assessments this week.

Based on what they find, the state could request federal aid that would pay up to 75-percent of expenses for damage to roads, bridges and other public facilities as well as for debris removal and rescue operations.

Indiana Department of Homeland Security spokesman John Erickson says they don’t know when or if that money might be made available.