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

Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) celebrates this week by shining a spotlight on the many faces that work behind the scenes to mitigate and respond to disasters. These EMAs work closely with IDHS to share information, train and exercise emergency response.

Most recently, emergency managers were on the clock as Winter Storm Landon dropped snow and ice across 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 and local governments made the call to issue travel advisories, watches or warnings to guide Hoosiers in their decision to travel in the storm.  

Marshall County Commissioner Mike Burroughs asked Marshall County’s EMA Director Clyde Avery to attend Monday’s meeting and be recognized for his work.  Commissioner Burroughs said, “Clyde you do a lot for this county.  You’ve done a lot in providing communication and training and maintaining excellence in your department and for that we appreciate you and applaud you this day.”  He received an applause from those attending the commissioner’s meeting.  

To learn more about the EMA in your county, you also can visit the IDHS State Contact dashboard on the IDHS website. 

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