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 www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.

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: https://www.floodsmart.gov/.

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.

Temporary Road Restrictions Alexandria, IN

Date: 9/13/2018
Time: 9:30 PM

Road Closure Alexandria, IN

As a result of an earlier partial building collapse in the City of Alexandria, IN, a section of downtown is closed to all traffic while demolition begins. Road closures will be in effect for a period of time, including all pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic. Road Closures are as follows:

North Harrison Street between Berry Street and Church Street
Washington is closed between Wayne Street and Canal Street

INDOT currently has State Road 9 closed for bridge repairs at 11th Street, commercial vehicles MUST follow posted detour routes and avoid downtown Alexandria.

The City of Alexandria is asking for everyones cooperation to avoid the posted construction area while demolition is occurring.

Anyone with questions regarding the structural collapse or road closures should contact Mayor Ron Richardson, City of Alexandria, IN at (765) 724-4633.

Building Your Disaster Supply Kit, 1 Item a Week!

In conjunction with National Preparedness month, we want to promote things you can do at home, work and school to help you be prepared.

Have you ever wanted to build a disaster preparedness kit but after paying your bills, feeding your family and covering day to day expenses, there is just very little left over and no way possible you could buy an entire disaster preparedness kit. Even if you could buy a kit, what needs to be put in your disaster preparedness kit? Well, Mr. B Ready has put together a simple plan to build a disaster preparedness kit 1 piece at a time, and 1 week at a time. Will this kit protect you tomorrow? Certainly not, but we have prioritized the items that belong in the kit and after a period of time, you will have the basic necessities covered in your kit.

Note: Always be sure to write the date on water, food, batteries etc when they are purchased. After your 1st year of building the kit, you will simply be rotating stock that expires going forward. This kit does not include medication that should be the first thing you set aside in your kit.

Week 1 – Purchase a plastic crate for storage

Week 2 – 1 Large Claw Hammer

Week 3 – Duct Tape (4 rolls)

Week 4 – Adjustable Wrench 12″

Week 5 – Flashlight and batteries

Week 6 – 2 gallons of water

Week 7 – 1 plastic jar of Peanut Butter

Week 8 – Protein Bars, Fruit Bars or Dry Cereal / Granola

Week 9 – Fire extinguisher

Week 10 – 1 Can Opener and 1 large box of matches

Week 11 – Canned vegetables (4 cans)

Week 12 – Battery powered radio / Batteries

Week 13 – First Aid kit or supplies

Week 14 – Blankets (1 per every 2 persons in the family)

Week 15 – 2 gallons of water

Week 16 – $25.00 cash in an envelope

Week 17 – Purchase a 2nd plastic crate for storage

Week 18 – Cellular phone charging cord

Week 19 – 1 plastic jar of peanut butter

Week 20 – Box of large plastic trash bags

Week 21 – Mosquito repellant

Week 22 – 2 gallons of water

Week 23 – Additional $25.00 cash in the envelope

Week 24 – Dust masks 2 per person in family

Week 25 – 2 packages of moist sanitation towelettes

Week 26 – 1 bottle of rubbing alcohol or peroxide

Week 27 – Additional first aid supplies

Week 28 – Large package of plastic zip ties

Week 29 – 2 gallons of water

Week 30 – 1 plastic jar of peanut butter

Week 31 – Canned vegetables (4 cans)

Week 32 – More batteries for the flashlight and radio

Week 33 – Another flashlight (make sure to get a flashlight that takes the same size batteries as the one purchased during week 5)

Week 34 – Box of large plastic trash bags

Week 35 – Hard helmet (protective bump cap)

Week 36 – Rain Ponchos (1 for each person in the family)

Week 37 – 1 large plastic tarp

Week 38 – 1 pair of thermal socks for each person in the family

Week 39 – Protein Bars, Fruit Bars or Dry Cereal / Granola

Week 40 – 1 – 5 gallon bucket

Week 41 – 4 rolls of paper towels

Week 42 – 4 rolls of toilet paper

Week 43 – 2 bottles of Hand sanitizers

Week 44 – 1 package of bars of soap

Week 45 – 2 boxes of drier sheets

Week 46 – 1 large plastic tarp

Week 47 – Canned vegetables (4 cans)

Week 48 – 2 gallons of water

Week 49 – More batteries to match the size you need for radio and flashlights

Week 50 – Box of long burning candles

Week 51 – 2 boxes of fire starter blocks

Week 52 – Congratulations, purchase anything you would like to add to your disaster Preparedness kit.

Current Flood Information for Madison County, IN

9/9/2018 9:00 AM – Good morning Madison County. The White River in Anderson is at 12.85′ but the updated crest is now forecast to be tonight at 12:00 AM at 14.2′ which is down considerably from their first forecast. Today we should see light rain this morning expecting an additional .25″ which should not cause any additional flooding. Along White River, continue to be alert as flood waters rise today, but know that it should begin to recede overnight.

Big Duck Creek in Elwood is at 8.13′ which is categorized as minor flooding above 8.0′.

With clear skies, and temps in the 70’s-80’s all week, the ground should dry out before any more rain impacts central Indiana. We will be monitoring Hurricane Florence as it approaches the east coast and could possibly bring wet weather later in the week depending on its path.

9/8/2018 11:00 PM – The NWS has lowered the White River crest to 15.4′ scheduled to occur on 9/10/2018 at 12:00 AM (Monday morning). The river is forecast to remain at this level until 6:00 AM and then begin falling quickly. EMA will continue to monitor rivers and creeks throughout Madison County Sunday and Monday until the threat of flooding has decreased. Residents should continue to be alert and watch for changing conditions, especially in low land areas and areas prone to flooding. There will be no further posts tonight to this page, unless conditions change.

9/8/2018 8:30 PM – The NWS has lowered the anticipated crest of the White River in Anderson to 17.8′ on Monday morning at approximately 6:00 AM. At 17.8′, we still have moderate flooding along White River in low lying residential areas of Anderson and surrounding areas. Motorists are reminded to adhere to road closed signs. Schools should evaluate road closures and road conditions Monday morning for safe transportation of students.

Still looking at periods of heavy rain overnight between 1AM – 6AM with 1.75-2″ of additional rainfall expected.

Winds will be gusting 30-40MPH, along with saturated ground could uproot trees causing power outages. No outages reported in Madison County at this time. However, EMA has been out on 4 or 5 down trees during the past 36 hours, we anticipate further calls over night.

Minimal road closures at this time.
Madison County remains under a Flash Flood Watch until Sunday PM
White River is currently at 10.95′

9/8/2018 2:00 PM – 2000 sand bags have been handed out as of this afternoon. There are still approximately 1,500 bag available at the Highway garage. Highway personnel are on stand by to fill additional bags as the situation warrants.

Minimal road closures at this time.
Madison County remains under a Flash Flood Watch until Sunday PM
White River is currently at 9.9′ and rising crest expected Monday 6:00 AM 18.8 – 19.3′

9/8/2018 12:00 PM – Madison County has received between 2″-3.6″ in the past 24 hours. The heaviest band of rain bringing another 2″ is anticipated overnight and into tomorrow morning. In total, we are anticipating 5″ of rain for the weekend.

Yesterday 9/7/2018, Employees from the Madison County Highway Department filled 3,200 sand bags, which are available to citizens of Madison County for pickup 24 hours a day at the Madison County Highway Garage located on W 8th Street in Anderson. If you are getting concerned about rising water near your home or property, now is the time to take actions to safeguard against flooding. The White River in Anderson is expected to crest at 19.3′ Sunday night into Monday morning. At 19.3′ this is considered major flooding. (This crest is a forecast and is subject to change as rainfall continues.)

At 17.5′ – 18′ along the White River, we will start seeing road closures and flooding of residential areas that are prone to rising water during flooding events. If you reside in flood prone areas, Be Alert and Be Prepared to evacuate or take precautions. This rain event has the potential to be a very dangerous situation in flood prone areas.

9/7/2018 4:00 PM – This post will be updated throughout the weekend with accurate information related to the Flood fight in Madison County. Please consider this page as accurate information and official from the Madison County EMA.

9/7/2018 2:00 PM – Sand Bags are available at the Madison County Highway Department (outside the gate) located on W 8th Street Road in Anderson.

Madison County Highway workers fill sand bags to prepare for flooding.


Here is a link to instructions on proper sandbagging.

Residents should sign up for emergency alerts and text messages available FREE from EMA by texting the word MadisonCoEMA to 888777. Only emergency weather related information is sent via our texting service. (Standard text messaging rates may apply)

9/7/2018 1:30 PM – Current forecast for Madison County is to receive between 4-5″ of rainfall. This could change, stay alert.

Sandbags are available for Madison County residents

In advance of heavy rainfall and possible flooding this weekend throughout all of Madison County and central Indiana, the Madison County Highway Department has begun filling sand bags for local residents. Sand bags will be available starting at 2:00PM and can be picked up at the Madison County Highway Department located on W 8th Street at Dale Jones Road. Sandbags are for residents of Madison County.

The NWS is forecasting 4″-6″ with some isolated areas receiving more rainfall amounts. The ground is currently saturated, holding ponds, and creeks are full. As a result, any additional rainfall will lead to low land flooding first, followed by larger creeks and rivers flooding. We expect to have road closures in the common areas where flooding occurs.

As a reminder to all residents, Turn Around Don’t Drown. As little as 6″ of moving water can sweep away an automobile risking the lives of everyone on board as well as the lives of emergency first responders. All motorists should heed Road Closed signs and when driving at night, you extra caution as high water may be difficult to spot.

Potential Weekend Flooding

The attached graphic from the Storms Prediction Center shows the magnitude of potential rain across central Indiana this weekend. Forecast models are showing a total of 5 – 7” over central Indiana in the next three days. With the ground becoming saturated, this amount of rainfall will cause some flooding. Residents in low areas and areas prone to flooding should take action now to prepare.

Flood Advisory Information

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis has issued a

* Flood Advisory for… Northern Madison County in central Indiana… West central Delaware County in east central Indiana…

* Until 945 PM EDT.

* At 642 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain had fallen due to thunderstorms. This will cause minor flooding in the advisory area. Around two inches of rain have already fallen.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include… Elwood, Alexandria, Frankton and Orestes.

* AFFECTED AREAS: MADISON, IN … DELAWARE, IN

Instructions:

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

EMA participates in #2018RoadtoRecovery exercise

Earlier this week, several members of the Madison County Emergency Management & Department of Homeland Security Agency teamed up with EMA personnel from other District 6 counties to participate in the full scale recovery exercise named “2018 Road to Recovery”. The full scale exercise was held at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in southern Indiana and managed by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Agency. This multi day training exercise allowed our members, who are part of the District 6 Incident Management Team, to test our skills in a near real life response scenario exercise. The scenario involved historic flooding in “Hoosier County, Indiana” which caused wide spread damage through out the county. During the flood event, water rescue teams were actively rescuing citizens from their homes in the sunken city (see pictures below). The seven members from Madison County EMA joined 6 others from the district to activate the IMT. Our staff held positions of, Operations, Communications Leader (Comm-L), Public Information, Documentation specialist, and support. In addition to the seven members at MUTC, 1 person from the PIO division supported the exercise from our EOC located in Anderson, IN. “This was a great exercise for our District 6 Incident Management Team to mobilize, setup, manage an incident, pack up, and demobilize all within 72 hours” said Tom Ecker, Executive Director of Madison County EMA. Each year, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security takes 3 or 4 of the district task force teams to MUTC for training. Emergency responders in Indiana are very lucky to have MUTC in our backyard and available for training. District 6 IMT looks forward to the opportunity to return to MUTC to further improve our response capabilities.

Here is a little more information about Muscatatuck Urban Training Center and its capabilities for Military and Public Safety responders:

Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex: “As Real As It Gets”
Recognized as the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) largest urban training facility serving those who work to defend the homeland and win the peace,[i] Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex (MUTC) offers users a globally unique, urban and rural, multi-domain operating environment.

Muscatatuck is a real city that includes a built physical infrastructure, a well-integrated cyber-physical environment, an electromagnetic effects system and human elements. Muscatatuck offers users the most realistic, flexible and affordable approach for testing and training. The site can also support conducting customized live/virtual/constructive-gaming (LVC-G) testing, training and evaluation.

Multi-Domain Environment

The multi-domain environment includes a physical metropolitan infrastructure; a 1,000 acre urban and rural landscape with more than 200 brick and mortar structures; a managed airspace; a 180-acre reservoir; 1.5 miles of subterranean tunnels; a doctrinally correct Combined Arms Collective Training Facility (CACTF); and a cyber “live-fire range,” or CyberTropolis, capable of supporting live offensive and defensive operations. The multi-domain environment reflects the 21st Century battlefield, which includes land, sea, air, space and cyberspace, and also comprises human terrain to increase realism.

Realistic and Flexible

Everything in the city and surrounding property– including the people – is “in play.” Culturally authentic animals and role players can participate in exercise scenarios that are customized by subject matter experts (SMEs) according to user needs. SMEs design both foreign and domestic scenarios that replicate the most complex and dynamic multi-domain environments in which U.S. forces, DoD civilians and first responders operate. MUTC offers a robust and realistic electromagnetic environment, telecommunications infrastructure and a well-developed, closed network wireless environment consisting of 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE, Wi-Fi and other RF technologies.

Affordable Collaboration

MUTC employs a “network effect” operating model to generate two major values for the user: A highly realistic training/assessment environment at a cost-benefit ratio virtually impossible to achieve if attempted alone; and, the opportunity to collaborate as a “team of equals” with other agencies and entities that will be critical to mission success. Collaboration is effected while ensuring that each agency retains total control of its program.

MUTC Terrain Zones

The infrastructure is divided into six general terrain zones with real streets and structures that reflect a general theme of a city layout:

Rural
Educational
Urban Core
Residential
Rule of Law
Industrial/Municipal
MUTC Real-World Cyber-Physical Infrastructure:

The following list is in alphabetical order. Every structure on the complex is “in play.”

1.5 Miles of Tunnel Systems
4 Downed Aircraft (ex: B-727)
5 Rubble Buildings (14 searchable lanes):
–Collapsed Apartment Building
–Collapsed Parking Garage
–Floodable, Collapsed Rail Trestle
5-Story Hospital
7-Story High-Angle Rescue Trainer
9 Miles of Roads with 3 Traffic Circles and Overpass
B-757 Cabin Simulator
Bank
Bus Station
Business Offices
Camp Holland Isolated Housing Area
Cave Complex
Church/Mosque/Temple
Circular Drop Zone
Coal-Fired Steam Plant
Concrete Batch Plant
Convenience Store/Pizza Shop
Cyber Range
Dam
Destroyed Substation
Destroyed Trailer Park
Farm
Farms, Third-World
Fire Rescue Trainer
Fire Station
Fitness Center and Gym
Flooded Community
Freshwater Treatment Facility (functional)
Gas Station
Hotel
Landing Zones/Pickup Zones
Laundry
Marketplace
Multicultural Center
Multi-Purpose Building
Municipal Buildings
Nursing Home
Observation/Clock Tower
Oil Refinery
Power Transfer Station
Prison Compound
Public Transit
Radio Station
Residential Neighborhoods/Single Family Homes
Salvage Yard/Motor Pool
Sawmill
Shantytown
Site Exploitation Houses
Sniper Locations
Soccer Stadium
Static-Line Surveyed Drop Zone (FOB Panther)
Subway Station
Tactical Operations Centers (isolation facilities)
Town Houses
Train Station
Training School
University/School/Dormitories
Urban Canyon
Blank/Simunition Shoot House
Villages:
–Fishing
–Rural/Wooded
–Third-World
Walled and Gated Embassy
Wastewater Treatment Facility (functional)
Click here for the complete list of structures including housing units at MUTC and COB Panther.

Muscatatuck is located in South Central Indiana’s Jennings County near Butlerville, Ind. Click here for driving directions. To schedule your customized training scenario, contact the Muscatatuck Scheduling Office at 317-247-3300 x 41777 or email our operations/scheduling specialists.

[i] Atterbury-Muscatatuck serves military units, first responders, government agencies and industry from around the globe. The National Center for Complex Operations, Inc. (NCCO), usncco.com, works with private contractors to arrange training and use of Atterbury-Muscatatuck. Foreign operators must abide by international trade regulations and follow procedures outlined by the U.S. Department of State.

Weather Assessment Friday 7/20/2018

Update 1: Please see the attached update to today’s severe weather assessment. The biggest change is the upgrade to a Moderate Risk for southern Indiana and the expansion of the Enhanced Risk for the rest of the state. Damaging winds, large hail, flooding, tornadoes, and frequent lightning are all possible hazards today. The Madison County EMA Warning Division will continue to maintain awareness and provide updates as warranted.

Weather+Assessment+-+July+20+2018+-+UPDATE

Weather Assessment 7:00 AM . Severe weather is a definite possibility today with a Southerly flow of warm moist air into the area this morning and an approaching cold front later in the day. Storms Prediction Center (NWS) has Madison County in an Enhanced region for severe storms with a Moderate region at the S part of IN. Gusting winds along with large hail and tornadoes are all possible with these storms. IA had several tornadoes yesterday afternoon from this system. Timing is difficult to have confidence in with NWS saying anywhere from 1-10 pm. Best chance is for some rain and storms this morning and then a dry period followed by the main event this afternoon. Looks probable for a squall line to form to our NW in the 1-3 pm time frame. This is definitely a system to be aware of during the day. Storm spotters may be needed this afternoon. Models seem to indicate that the system may weaken as it approaches the E part of the state but there is still a considerable divergence in various models. With the County Fair at Alexandria, we will need to be particularly concerned for the activities there. Anyone at the fair should have a plan where to seek shelter in the event of severe weather while you are there. Remember you can text MADISONCOEMA to 888-777 to receive free weather alerts on your phone from Madison County EMA and the NWS.