Businesses

Preparedness Information for Businesses

Downtown Woodburn

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security encourages businesses to connect, plan, train, and report.  Applying these four steps in advance of an incident or attack can help better prepare businesses and their employees to proactively think about the role they play in the safety and security of their businesses and communities. 

Read the Hometown Security Fact Sheet (pdf) to learn tools and resources to help businesses plan, prepare, and protect from an attack.

Prepare your business for an emergency with guides and toolkits from Ready Business 

Check out the world's largest membership organization for security management professionals on the ASIS website.

Visit the InfraGard website to learn about the program that provides a vehicle for seamless public-private collaboration with government that expedites the timely exchange of information and promotes mutual learning opportunities relevant to the protection of Critical Infrastructure.

Learn how the US DHS recommends you prepare your business for an emergency.

Critical Infrastructure Protection

Although government and private partnerships are in place to help protect infrastructure at the state and national levels, there are steps citizens can take to help safeguard their communities.

Remain vigilant to suspicious activity, and report any concerns to local law enforcement. Some examples of suspicious activity include:

  • Individuals or actions which are out of place (e.g. improperly dressed for the weather).
  • Unusual or prolonged interest in security measures, entry/exit points or unattended vehicles.
  • Purposely placing objects in sensitive or vulnerable areas to observe security response.
  • Acting nervous or suspicious, possibly mumbling to themselves to sweating heavily.

Use cybersecurity principles, such as strong passwords and encryption, to protect accounts that could be used to access a system.
Practice regular safety techniques at home and while in public, which can help eliminate security holes related to customer wellbeing.

Get Informed

Learn about securing Indiana's critical infrastructure (pdf).

Check out Critical Infrastructure Information from CISA

Read about the US DHS Infrastructure Security Division

Go to the National Infrastructure Coordinating Center website

Tier 2 Facilities

Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), businesses may be required to submit hazardous chemical information to: 

  • The Indiana Emergency Response Commission (IERC) 
  • The Allen County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) 
  • Local fire departments 

As long as your business:

  • Has any chemicals that are Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHSs) and meets the reporting threshold, determined in the EPA’s List of Lists,
  • At any time has 10,000 pounds or more of any chemical or product onsite,

then your facility needs to submit its Tier 2 reports to IDHS using the online portal, Tier 2 Manager, by March 1 each year.   

New to Tier II Manager? Start here.

All facilities must register for a new user ID and password to use Tier 2 Manager.

Tier 2 Manager Presentation (pdf)

Tier 2 Manager filers cheat sheet (pdf) 

Questions about the "Attachments" section of Tier II Manager?

The four sections under "Attachments" are:

  • Site plan (mandatory)
  • Site coordinate abbreviations (optional)
  • Safeguard measures (optional)
  • Facility emergency response plan (optional)

Read the Site Plan Guidelines (pdf) document to make sure you are checking off the requirements for your site map.

As long as you have each of the below details in any of your attached documents, you will fill the requirements.

  • Emergency response procedures (plans, standard operating procedures [SOP], and/or standard operating guidelines [SOG])
  • Location of your facility plans and SOP/SOG’s within the building (e.g. an office, exit doors, shared computer drive)
  • List of all release detection mechanisms/alarms located at your facility or nearby
  • Equipment and resources onsite to manage hazmat releases
  • Number of trained emergency response personnel available at your facility, their level of hazmat training, and their capabilities
  • Location of primary and secondary evacuation routes from your facility