This week, Indiana will be a key participant in what is possibly the largest ever Indiana exercise and the first ever national level exercise to be designed around a natural disaster. Participants include thousands of local and state emergency responders from eight states, as well as numerous federal officials in Washington, D.C. and the White House.
In Indiana, local emergency responders, county emergency management officials, state and federal government personnel, and private sector partners from nearly three-fourths of Indiana’s 92 counties are taking part in the national exercise.
The exercise will test many of the agencies in how officials efficiently respond to and recover from a catastrophic earthquake. These elements include: communications, state emergency operations center management, citizen evacuation and shelter-in-place plans, mass care, critical resource logistics and distribution, public information and warning, and long-term recovery.
District 1 will participate which includes Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton and Porter Counties. District 2 will also take part which includes Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, Marshall, Pulaski, Starke, and St. Joseph Counties.