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April 5, 2020

2/26/2020 1:53:00 PM
EMAs honored during Appreciation Week

The Indiana Depart­ment of Homeland Security (IDHS) is celebrating with the entire state this week for the first-ever Indiana EMA Appre­ciation Week.

The week honors the tireless dedication emergency management personnel have for keeping their communities safe. The week's theme of "Safeguarding the Hoos­ier Homeland" highlights the responsibilities and actions of these individuals.

By proclamation of Gov. Eric Holcomb, this week is recognized as EMA Appreciation Week to honor the men and women who lead emergency management efforts in their communities. The planning, training and response abilities of local EMA directors is essential to protecting the public and safeguarding communities for all types of hazards.

"The Indiana Depart­ment of Homeland Secur­ity thanks all these EMA diectors for everything they do and for being an amazing partner in keeping Indiana safe and secure," said Stephen Cox, IDHS edirector.

EMA stands for "Emergency Management Agency." Emergencies begin and end locally, and Indiana's county EMAs fill the first line of response, Cox noted. They take steps to reduce vulnerability to hazards, cope with disasters and liaise with other counties and the state. EMAs work with public safety partners and other organizations within communities to prepare for, mitigate, respond to and recover from emergencies.

Jennings County's EMA director is Jerry Shepherd. He took the post in 2014 after the previous director, Matt Alex­ander, took a job in the private sector.

Visit the IDHS website at in.gov/dhs to read what Indiana EMA personnel have to say about their experiences in emergency management.

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