We are located on the grounds of the Elkhart County Criminal Justice Complex at 26861 Co Rd 26, Elkhart, IN 46517.
Somewhat. Civil Defense was the organized non-military effort to prepare Americans for military attack. Late in the 20th century, the term and practice of civil defense fell into disuse and became widely known as emergency management. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was absorbed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Emergency Management's primary goal is "to help communities prepare for disasters and emergencies and to be the local link to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security." (from IN.gov)
After a disaster occurs, you should contact your insurance provider and let them know that you have sustained damage, describing what it is and taking pictures for reference. You can also contact your local Emergency Management Agency at 574-891-2238.
NO! For any emergency, all residents should call 9-1-1. For disasters and emergencies, we will work with public safety officials as we are in constant and direct contact with them.
Employment opportunities arise from time to time for positions within our organization. Please click here for information on job postings.
Yes! We need help with inventory, maintenance of resources, organization of the warehouse, answering phones, filing etc.
Elkhart County COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) offers volunteer opportunities. The COAD can be found on Facebook or at www.elkhartcountycoad.com
Yes, monetary as well as items to pass along to our citizens in a time of need. For example, tarps, cleaning supplies, towels, hand warmers, etc.
Go to www.ready.gov and you will find a detailed list of items needed.
A Weather Watch means there is for hazardous weather, location and timing are uncertain. A Watch means that hazardous weather is possible. People should have a plan of action in case a storm threatens and should listen to television, radio or weather radio for further information.
A Weather Advisory means a hazardous weather event is occurring, imminent or likely.
A Weather Warning means a severe weather event is occurring, imminent or likely. A warning means weather conditions pose a threat to life or property. People in the path of the storm need to take protective action.
Best place is the basement away from windows. If no basement, go to lowest level of your home in a closet or inner hallway or in your bathtub, always staying away from windows!
Unfortunately, we cannot. We do not have the staff or vehicles resources.
Most standard homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flooding caused by extreme weather conditions. It is advised that you reach out to your local insurance provider to clarify what is covered under your existing policy.
The Indiana Floodplain Information Portal (INFIP) is a mapping application developed by the DNR, Division of Water that provides floodplain information for public use. The portal displays floodplain information from both FEMA and DNR sources, including mapped floodplains and flood elevation points along waterways. Information can be found at https://www.in.gov/dnr/water/surface-water/indiana-floodplain-mapping/indiana-floodplain-information-portal/.
If you are interested in purchasing flood insurance, it is advised that you reach out to your insurance provider and talk with them. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers information about flood insurance at https://www.fema.gov/flood-insurance.
Absolutely, please contact our office and share what you are in need of. If we cannot do it, we will help find someone that can!
Community Emergency Response Team. This is training offered to the general public for free to educate them to help each other in the event of an emergency until first responders can reach them.