Soft candlelight and a glowing fireplace can help set a romantic mood for a Valentine’s Day celebration, but it can quickly be dashed if the flames get out of hand and the fire department has to respond.
The U.S. Fire Administration says 84 percent of home heating fires are confined, such as those which occur in the fireplace or chimney. Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson says the fireplace should never be left unattended, and small children or pets need to be supervised around open flames. Continue reading →
Don’t leave yourself vulnerable to the Grinch or other Christmas thieves by sharing too much information on social media about your holiday plans. That advice comes from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Spokesman John Erickson says posting information about extended vacations could make you a target for burglars. He also cautions against telling strangers what you will be doing. Continue reading →
Holiday shoppers heading to the stores or hitting the internet are urged to keep some safety precautions in mind. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security warns thieves can easily gain access to bank account and personal information from online shoppers. Continue reading →
The most wonderful time of the year can also be one of the most dangerous if proper precautions are not taken to safely heat homes as temperatures drop.
Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson says home fires occur more often in winter than in any other season, and alternative heating sources, such as space heaters, are involved in roughly one out of every six of those fires. Continue reading →
Students at the Culver Community Schools Corporation are learning how to keep themselves safe online. Elementary School Principal Erin Proskey told the school board Monday that a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is giving presentations to students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Continue reading →
Hoosiers looking to install a storm shelter at their home have another chance to get some help paying for it. A misunderstanding about the terms of the grant has led the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to reopen the application period. Continue reading →
Indiana residents are encouraged to take a few minutes today to make sure they know what to do in case a tornado strikes. Officials are planning statewide tornado drills this morning and again this evening. Continue reading →
A potentially life-saving piece of technology will be available for free to Starke County residents. The Starke County Emergency Management Agency is distributing all-hazard weather radios, thanks to help from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Continue reading →
Hoosiers have the chance to get a free all-hazard weather radio. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is partnering with each county in the state to give away more than 4,800 of them. Continue reading →
Road conditions are improving significantly now that the storm system that dropped several inches of snow has moved through the area. All of the red level travel warnings have been lifted. That means travel is no longer restricted to emergencies only. Continue reading →
Significant amounts of snow are in the forecast. Officials with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and Indiana State Police recommend avoiding unnecessary travel once the snow starts. If you do have to go out, make sure your cell phone is fully charged. Have a vehicle emergency kit, non-perishable food and bottles of water in your car. Top off your gas tank so you will have ample fuel to stay warm should you get stranded. Continue reading →
An Indiana Department of Homeland Security emergency management team is en route to Maryland to assist Baltimore officials with their severe weather response. The city is still working to dig out from the weekend blizzard. The state of emergency declared Friday by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is in effect until further notice. Continue reading →
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is encouraging Hoosiers to be aware of their surroundings with its new public service campaign, “Ready: Whenever. Wherever.” They say it’s a reminder to be on the lookout for potential acts of violence and to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement. Continue reading →
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security says to leave natural gas appliance work to professionals. The warning comes after four people have been killed in the recent weeks after trying to fix furnaces, heaters, or gas lines. Continue reading →