Indiana Department of Homeland Security

The state is leading a new push to educate first responders in Indiana about dementia. It aims to improve the response of those on the front lines of emergency calls.

Indiana State Fair Amusement Ride Safety Checks Performed

Aug 2, 2019

There are 57 rides at the Indiana State Fair this year, all of which need to be inspected before fairgoers can ride them.

Matthew Cronley from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security says ride inspectors pay close attention to what they call "safety items."

“Today what we are really looking for are more the life safety items,” he says. “If it clicks, or if it buckles, we want to make sure that all of those actions take place, they just don’t pull apart. You actually have to press the button or release the buckle for it to actually disengage.”

The state’s Secured School Safety Grants are changing this year and applications are expected to open soon, after lawmakers added more money to the fund and expanded how schools can use the money during the legislative session. 

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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