Spring Brings Threat of Severe Weather, Flooding
The Floyd County EMA is urging residents to prepare ahead to protect themselves and their loved ones from dangerous storms during Severe Weather Preparedness and Flood Awareness Week in Indiana, which is observed March 19-25.
Historically, Indiana has experienced some of the state’s worst thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding during the spring months. Floyd County EMA suggests that households break their severe weather preparation into three parts: planning, preparing and practicing.
• Sign up for the Alert Floyd County Mass Notification System on this website. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the blue button under Alert Floyd County Mass Notification System.
• Purchase a weather radio whose label indicates that it is “all-hazard” and broadcasts alerts from the National Weather Service. Look for “NOAA” on the label (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Also look for the SAME Technology designation, which allows the radios to be programmed to specific counties and types of alerts.
• Know the difference between watches and warnings. A watch indicates a seriously increased possibility of a thunderstorm or tornado; a warning indicates that there IS a thunderstorm or tornado in the area.
• Ensure that household members know which local news media outlets to monitor for severe weather alerts, and to take those alerts seriously. Remember that national cable, satellite or streaming TV services may not carry localized weather alerts.
• Create a preparedness kit that includes food and water for three days, a first-aid kit, flashlights, batteries, small tools and any other important items that are needed.
• Prune tree limbs and secure outdoor items that could be tossed about by high winds.
• Keep cell phones charged, and ensure all household members have several emergency contact numbers of friends and family members programmed in.
• Know which neighbors may have disabilities or mobility challenges, and be able to direct first responders to those who may need extra help.
• Take household members – quickly but calmly – to the location they would move to in severe weather, ideally a basement. If a basement is not available, go to an interior room on the lowest level with no windows. Storm cellars also offer excellent protection.
• Practice moving under a sturdy table or desk, or covering up with pillows, blankets, coats or a mattress to protect the head and body from flying debris.
• Walk through potential evacuation routes, both from the home and the neighborhood.
• Conduct a family drill in which children pretend to call 911 and calmly talk with an emergency dispatcher (a family member or friend can be on the other end of the line, requesting appropriate information).
• Participate in the Statewide Tornado Drill on Tuesday, March 21, at 10:10 a.m. and 7:35 p.m. These drills provide a valuable opportunity for families, schools and businesses to practice their weather safety action plan.
Flooding is also an issue Hoosiers may encounter in the spring months. Driving on flooded roadways can often place Hoosiers and emergency response personnel in unnecessary danger. Never drive through flooded roadways, even if the water appears shallow. The road may have washed out under the surface of the water.
Purchasing flood insurance is one of the most cost-effective steps a homeowner can take to protect their home. For more information on purchasing flood insurance and other resources to help homeowners prepare their homes for a flood, visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s FloodSmart website at www.FloodSmart.gov.
For more information on preparing for severe weather, visit GetPrepared.in.gov.
Pine View Government Center
Floyd County Emergency Mgmt
2524 Corydon Pike, Suite 101
New Albany, IN 47150
(812) 948-5454 (office)
(812) 948-5453 (fax)
Hours: Mon - Fri 8-4
Kent Barrow, EMA Director
William Wright, Dep. Director
Tamara Markland, Admin Asst.
Floyd County Sheriff's Dept.
The Floyd County Emergency Management Agency is responsible for strategic planning and organizational management of natural and man made disasters occurring in Floyd County. Floyd County's Emergency Management Agency works closely with State and Federal agencies such as FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security.
2017 LEPC Meetings
EMA Advisory Boards
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The keep it with you Personal Medical Informaton Form (KIWY)
Could you provide your personal medical information in a timely manner in an emergency situation? In an emergency situation, people may not be able to get their medical records. The "Keep It With You" (KIWY) Personal Medical Information Form is intended to be a voluntary and temporary record that lists medical care and other health information for people who need care during disasters and similar situations. It is important for health care workers to have a simple and reliable way to learn information about past and new health concerns for people receiving help. Print out a copy of the "Keep It With You" Medical Information Form and Keep this INFORMATION IN A SECURE PLACE FOR FURTHER REFERENCE.
Floyd County EMA Dissemination Plan
The Floyd County Emergency Management Agency has released the following Emergency Information Dissemination plan for the residents of Floyd County. Please click on the link below to review and become familiar with the plan.
Alert Floyd County Mass Notification System
Floyd County, Indiana is excited to announce the launch of the Alert Floyd County Mass Notification System an Emergency Alert System that will alert the residents of Floyd County on weather, imminent threats to health and safety as well as informational notifications that affect your locations or work environments. Floyd County Residents will be able to sign up by clicking on the blue button below. The link will also be on the Floyd County website: www.floydcounty.in.gov. This service allows you to opt-in to receive notifications via phone calls, text messaging, e-mail and more based on locations you care about. You can choose to receive notifications about events that may affect your home, workplace and more. If you are an existing Nixle user, your account will not cross over and you will need to reregister. For More Info: (812) 948-5454
Travel Advisory Guidelines adopted in Floyd County
The Floyd County Emergency Management Office in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Floyd County Commissioner's announced the adoption of a travel advisory system to be in effect in Floyd County. Additional information will be provided on this website to reflect the travel advisory levels.
3DR SOLO DRONE
Floyd County Emergency Management Agency has a 3DR Solo Drone that can be used in Hazmat and Search Rescue incidents.