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Ready: Whenever. Wherever

Preparedness KitOur county becomes better-prepared and more-resilient when we all do our part to be ready.

Preparing for the unexpected doesn't have to be hard.  Keep it simple.  Focus on the basics:  Be Informed; Make a Plan; Build a Kit; Get involved.

We urge you to be Ready: Whenever. Wherever. This phrase is part of a campaign that is central to who Homeland Security is. It recognizes that violent acts and dangerous events can occur anywhere, anytime — often with little to no warning.

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Outdoor Emergency Warning Sirens

In Allen County, the outdoor emergency warning sirens are only activated in the event of an actual emergency situation (tornado warning, hazardous material spill requiring shelter or evacuation, etc.).  When you hear the outdoor emergency warning sirens, you should seek shelter immediately and tune into local media for additional information.

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Indiana School Safety

School Safety in Indiana is a community-wide responsibility.  It doesn't start and stop at the classroom door.  Students face many risks and hazards in their learning environment, whether in school, at home, on the sports field, or at leisure with friends and family.  We take a holistic approach to school safety and develop programs and processes which consider safety and security for the whole student.

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Severe Weather

The Allen County Office of Homeland Security asks the public to be Ready: Whenever. Wherever. This includes hazards, disasters, and emergencies, whether they are human-caused, natural, or technological.

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Travel Advisory System

The Travel Advisory System was adopted locally from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Local Travel Advisory System.

This system consists of 3 levels.  These levels are designed to help provide residents of Allen County with accurate and actionable information so that you can make an informed decision about your personal travel during inclement winter weather.  We believe that the individual resident and local business owner is capable of good decision making when provided with this trusted and timely information..

Travel Advisory Chart

Indiana uses a standardized tool for assessing winter weather travel conditions. An advisory is issued when conditions are changing; i.e., ice forming on bridge decks or road surfaces, drifting across roadways, snow beginning to accumulate. A watch is used to communicate hazardous conditions occurring such as accumulating snow with forecast for more, significant icing, some roadways impassable due to drifting or timing of the snow.  Both the advisory and the watch are recommendations only and issued to alert you to potentially hazardous conditions.  A warning is only issued when local resources are completely overwhelmed or travel would present a significant threat to the personal safety of our residents. A warning may not be issued without the Allen County Commissioners first declaring a local disaster.  With the declaration of a warning travel advisory, the Commissioners may restrict travel to emergency management workers. Only under a travel warning could persons violating travel restrictions be subject to a class b misdemeanor in accordance with I.C. 10-14-3-34.




We are connected in our daily lives. Our leisure, our personal finances, our economy and our hometown security depends on a stable, trusted, reliable, safe and resilient cyberspace. We use these networks to communicate, travel, power our homes, automobile, offices, schools – just about everything we do – we do connected. Being connected also means more exposure and the potential for disruption, interference or illicit activity. We all need to take an active role in our own Cybersecurity.

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