The Clark County Emergency Management Agency is responsible for strategic planning and organizational management of natural and manmade disasters occurring in Clark County. Clark County's Emergency Management Agency works closely with state and federal agencies such as FEMA and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
Five Steps of Emergency Management
Actions taken to avoid an incident. Stopping an incident from occurring. Deterrence operations.
Refers to measures that prevent an emergency, reduce the chance of an emergency happening, or reduce the damaging effects of unavoidable emergencies. Typical mitigation measures include establishing building codes and zoning requirements, installing shutters, and constructing barriers such as levees.
Activities increase a community's ability to respond when a disaster occurs. Typical preparedness measures include developing mutual aid agreements and memorandums of understanding, training for both response personnel and concerned citizens, conducting disaster exercises to reinforce training and test capabilities, and presenting all-hazards education campaigns.
Actions carried out immediately before, during, and immediately after a hazard impact, which are aimed at saving lives, reducing economic losses, and alleviating suffering. Response actions may include activating the emergency operations center, evacuating threatened populations, opening shelters and providing mass care, emergency rescue and medical care, firefighting, and urban search and rescue.
Actions taken to return a community to normal or near-normal conditions, including the restoration of basic services and the repair of physical, social and economic damages. Typical recovery actions include debris cleanup, financial assistance to individuals and governments, rebuilding of roads and bridges and key facilities, and sustained mass care for displaced human and animal populations.
Clark County’s Outdoor Warning System
Outdoor Warning Sirens are used to alert people who are OUTSIDE to go indoors and seek shelter in a hazardous situation. Clark County Emergency Management operates twenty-five warning sirens located throughout Clark County. The Outdoor Warning Siren system is activated by Clark County 911 any time there is a TORNADO WARNING issued for Clark County. This is an OUTDOOR warning system and is meant to direct residents and visitors to go indoors during the threat of severe weather. It is recommended that upon hearing the siren, you immediately seek shelter and refer to the local media or a NOAA weather radio for further information or updates. Clark County Emergency management does not utilize the siren system to issue an "All Clear". Any siren activation is meant to prompt immediate action! The siren system is ONE of many tools we use to warn those in Clark County of emergency situations. It is suggested that you subscribe to our emergency alert system and use a NOAA Weather radio in your home to be sure you receive ALL important alerts.
Clark County Outdoor Warning System Tests
The Outdoor Warning Sirens are tested on the first Saturday of every month at 12:00PM. The sirens will sound for three minutes. The sirens will not be tested if there is inclement weather, or the temperature is below 32 Degrees. The sirens are not tested when the temperature is below 32 degrees in order to prevent unnecessary damage if the siren motor is frozen. The sirens are still able to be tested without a full activation.
Clark County also participates in the Indiana Statewide Tornado Drill, activating the sirens and encouraging residents to practice what they would do in the event of an actual tornado.
Contact the Clark County EMA
Gavan Hebner - Director
Clark County Emergency Management
110 North Indiana Avenue
Sellersburg, IN 47172