Author: PIO Todd Harmeson

Gas Stoves Should Never be used as a Heater

The Dangers of Heating Your Home With An Oven

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning. If you have a gas oven, you’re putting yourself at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning if you try to use the oven for heat. Carbon monoxide is invisible, odorless, and tasteless, so you won’t be able to tell if it’s seeping into your home. Moderate levels of the gas can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and fainting (it is sometimes mistaken for the flu). High levels can be fatal. When you use your appliances correctly, you don’t need to worry about carbon monoxide poisoning, but using a gas oven as a heater is not the proper way to employ the appliance.

Unattended High Heat. Leaving an oven, which can create an abundance of heat, alone while active is very dangerous. If you have children or pets, they could be seriously burned through accidental contact with the oven. There is also a chance that something might fall into the oven or onto the stove (like a napkin or cloth) and create a fire.

Situation Update – MADISON Co Indiana


10:00 AM – Travel Status returned to NORMAL

8:00 AM – 743 without power in Madison County.


9:00 PM 2,000 customers without power.

5:30 PM Utility crews from all of the companies continue to work FTO restore power throughout MADISON County. Since 8:00 AM this morning, nearly 7,000 customers have had their power restored. Utility crews will continue to work throughout the night. According to the City of Anderson FB Page, Community Hospital and St. Vincent Regional Anderson Hospital will be open 8P-8A overnight as warming centers for anyone who does not have electricity and heat. They ask citizens to enter thru the Emergency Department.

5:15 PM Madison Co Customers without power: 2,500 estimated.

11:16 The City of Anderson released a statement on FB stating they should have all power restored by midnight. The City of Anderson is also listing warming centers open at Salvation Army, Anderson Hospital’s, and Christian Center. reference City of Anderson FB Page

10:30. Anderson City Hall is closed today due to no power.
EMA units continue to direct traffic at several different locations in Anderson due to traffic lights out. Motorists should treat all intersection where the power is out as a 4 way stop.

6:30 AM TRAVEL ADVISORY for rural unincorporated portions of MADISON County

5:15 PM Madison Co Customers without power: 2,500 estimated.

School Closing and Delays Friday

EMA units are currently directing traffic at several locations in Anderson due to the power outage.
7:45 all EMA units in service, stop lights in Anderson are back on.
8:00 EMA units are back out at several locations in Anderson directing traffic due to the power outage. Motorists are reminded to treat all blacked out stop lights as a 4 way stop intersection.

Madison County Central Dispatch is reminding citizens NOT to dial 911 to report power outages. Please contact your local utility company to report the outage.

Utility Company Contact Numbers

Anderson L&P- 644-6484
AEP – 800-311-4634
Duke – 800-343-3525

Anderson City Hall is closed due to the power outage.

National Traffic Incident Response Week

Every minute of every day emergency responders across the country work tirelessly to help save lives at the scene of traffic incidents. Every year hundreds of emergency responders representing fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services, towing and transportation agencies are struck and either injured or killed while responding. This type of secondary crash intensifies the impact to communities, individuals and the economy. We read about the tragedies causes by distracted driving almost every day and the emergency response community has the most to lose.

Help raise awareness about the dangers emergency responders face at traffic incidents this November 11th -17th.

Use Caution Driving Due to Ponding of Water on Roads

With heavy rainfall Wednesday and today, rural roads have areas of ponding water on them. Use caution when driving after dark especially when flooded roads are more difficult to see. Earlier today, Pendleton Fire Department had to rescue people from this car, because they thought they could drive thru flood waters.

Remember to Turn Around Don’t Drown if you see water across the roadway. Going the extra mile is worth it, it may just save your life. (Photo courtesy of The Herald Bulletin)

Photo Courtesy of The Herald Bulletin

Wind Advisory Issued for Central Indiana

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect from 11 AM to 7 PM EDT Sunday.

* TIMING…11 AM Sunday until 7 PM Sunday.

* WINDS…Winds of 25 to 35 mph will be expected. Gusts to 45 mph will be possible.

* IMPACTS…Tree Limbs…Halloween Decorations…lawn furniture and garbage cans may be blown down, around and about. Power outages caused by downed tree limbs possible.


A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of 30 mph or wind gusts of 45 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution. Secure any outdoor items that may be easily blown about.

Health Care Coalition Members Meet for Training

Earlier today, representatives from various healthcare facilities, as well as home healthcare providers, from around Madison County, IN, gathered at the Emergency Operations Center to review their emergency and disaster preparedness plans. Thirty-seven attendees participated in a table top exercise to test their preparedness plans and make notations of improvements or additions they need to make to be more prepared in the future. A tabletop exercise is designed to help an organization test a hypothetical situation, such as a natural or man-made disaster, and evaluate the groups ability to cooperate and work together, as well as test their readiness to respond. “It was an exciting group today who asked a lot of questions and shared best practices with peers in the industry” said Todd Harmeson, Deputy Director of Emergency Management.

The event was organized by the Madison County Health Department and facilitated by Tim Thomas. In addition, Angie Miller from Community Hospital Anderson provided information about the Healthcare Coalition group and Tom Ecker, Executive Director for Madison Co. EMA spoke about the our agency and our responsibilities to prepare, plan, mitigate and respond to disasters. This is the second time we have offered this workshop to our healthcare partners in Madison County and we are excited to see how much it grew this time. Each year we make this event available to our health care community throughout Madison County so they can be better prepared to serve their clients as well as fulfilling a requirement on their national accreditation program. In 2019 we will likely provide this training opportunity a third time and we expect our attendance to grow even more. Stay tuned for more training opportunities!

IPAWS National Test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS)

The National EAS and WEA test will be held on Wednesday October 3, 2018, beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday October 3, 2018. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA. This is the fourth EAS nationwide test and the first national WEA test. Previous EAS national tests were conducted in November 2011, September 2016, and September 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials in recognition of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month.

Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT. During this time, WEA compatible cell phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA should be capable of receiving the test message. Some cell phones will not receive the test message, and cell phones should only receive the message once. The WEA test message will have a header that reads “Presidential Alert” and text that says:

“THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. The national test will use the same special tone and vibration as with all WEA messages (i.e. Tornado Warning, AMBER Alert). Users cannot opt out of receiving the WEA test.

The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency. The test is made available to EAS participants (i.e., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar. The EAS message will include a reference to the WEA test:

“THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. No action is required.”

During the test, this is a good opportunity to discuss your emergency preparedness plans with co-workers, family members, students and others who may be with you during the test. Preparedness is everyones responsibility and this is a good time to test your preparedness plans. For more information on disaster preparedness, check out

National Test of the Emergency Alert System Rescheduled for Oct. 3, 2018

Due to the ongoing response to Hurricane Florence, the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts will now be conducted on the backup date of Oct. 3, 2018.

Oct. 3 was the previously scheduled back-up date for the test, which was originally set for Thursday, September 20. A backup date is always planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date. The WEA portion of the test will start at 2:18 p.m. EDT on Oct. 3, and the EAS portion will follow at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test, being held in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed.

For further information on the test, go to

Do you have flood insurance?

EMA Followers;

Hurricane Florence, which has battered parts of the East Coast over the past few days, is a reminder of the importance of having flood insurance. Did you know that 80% of households impacted by Hurricane Harvey last year did not have flood insurance?

Although flooding is the most common and costly disaster in the U.S., most homeowners’ and renters’ insurance does not cover flood damage. As part of National Preparedness Month, we wanted to remind you to take a minute to check your insurance coverage. You can learn more about flood insurance here:

If you are already covered, make sure you take photos of important documents and personal belongings so you can file a claim quickly in case of a flood. Have you or your family been affected by flooding? If so, please feel free to share some lessons learned as a comment.