National Weather Service Warns of Potential Risk for Thunderstorms on Thursday

The National Weather Service is predicting a slight risk for severe thunderstorms late Thursday afternoon that could carry over into the evening.

Starke County Emergency Management Agency Director Jay Nier shared that some primary threats of the predicted condition include locally heavy rainfall as well as a low threat potential for damaging winds and large hail.

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Starke County LEPC Discusses How to Get Incident Command Trailer Up and Running

Members of Starke County’s Local Emergency Planning Committee are focused on getting the incident command trailer back in working order. When they met Wednesday afternoon, they discussed how the trailer is structurally fine but it’s currently not functional.

Officials report that it does not have power and they believe that the generator needs a new battery to alleviate the issue. There is some money remaining in the EMA Department’s maintenance fund that will be utilized to purchase a new battery. Continue reading

Starke County COAD Seeks Local Restaurants and Businesses Willing to Assist First Responders

The Starke County COAD is looking for local restaurants and businesses willing to donate food, beverages and other resources to first responders during lengthy emergency situations.

This would be a local effort similar to canteen services offered by the Red Cross. Starke County EMA Director J. Nier would assist the COAD with this initiative. When a major incident occurs and responders are expected to be out in the field for an extended period of time, she would call on COAD members to get resources to the scene as soon as possible. Continue reading

UPDATED: The Starke County Emergency Management Agency Offers Free Weather Alert Radios

UPDATE: As of 10 a.m. CST the EMA Office had distributed all available radios. If you’re interested in obtaining one elsewhere, visit the official website for the NOAA Weather Radios.

To help the community be better prepared for severe weather events the Starke County Emergency Management Agency is offering free weather alert radios.

EMA Director J. Nier explained that she can program the radios to pick up information from surrounding counties as well so Starke County residents would know what’s coming their way and they’d have even more time to prepare. Continue reading

Organization Representatives Encouraged to Attend Tonight’s Starke County COAD Meeting

The Starke County Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) will meet tonight at 6 p.m. where members will continue to discuss the development of a board.

Though Starke County EMA Director J. Nier has helped form the COAD by reaching out to some key people in the community, the organization is meant to be run by community members. Continue reading

Local Leaders and Volunteers Encouraged to Join Starke County COAD

If you’re looking for a way to get more involved in your community, you should consider joining the Starke County COAD.

The group will be meeting this coming week on Tuesday, August 7th in order to coordinate more about local efforts.

Starke County COAD, or Community Organizations Active in Disaster, aims to encourage collaboration among local residents and officials in order to strengthen the community to be better prepared for disaster response and recovery. Continue reading