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IDHS celebrates EMA Appreciation Week

IDHS celebrates EMA Appreciation Week IDHS celebrates EMA Appreciation Week

Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb proclaimed Feb. 20 to 26 as EMA Appreciation Week, honoring those county-level emergency managers who work around the clock to protect their communities from disasters.

Most recently, emergency managers were on the clock as Winter Storm Landon dropped snow and ice throughout Indiana. They worked with local governments to make sure each county had what they needed in the right place to handle tasks such as clearing snow from the roads, assisting stranded motorists and more. When roads became too dangerous to pass, emergency managers and local governments made the call to issue travel advisories, watches or warnings to guide Hoosiers in their decision to travel during the storm.

“Emergency managers were in constant contact with the State Emergency Operations Center,” said Mary Moran, IDHS emergency management and preparedness director. “While IDHS was able to assist if needed, emergency managers were in full control of what was happening in their counties and initiating the assistance needed by their communities. It was an impressive effort by everyone to dig Indiana out from Winter Storm Landon.

“They are the reason Indiana communities were able to return to normal so quickly after the storm,” she said of emergency managers. “They’ll also continue to work on long-term recovery.”

2022 marks the third time Holcomb has issued a proclamation to honor emergency managers in Indiana.

During the week, IDHS will highlight emergency managers throughout the state and ask them why they enjoy serving Hoosiers. Follow IDHS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn about emergency managers. To learn more about the EMA in your county, you also can visit the IDHS State Contact dashboard on the IDHS website.

For more information about EMA Appreciation Week, visit the IDHS website.