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Gary Coons Director
Gary Coons, Chief Division of Homeland Security

Hoosiers Urged to Be “Ready: Whenever. Wherever.”
Public Service Campaign Encourages Reasonable Awareness and a Plan for Action in the Event of an Emergency
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) is announcing its new campaign: “Ready: Whenever. Wherever.”

The “Ready: Whenever. Wherever.” campaign is a continuation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s “See Something, Say Something” campaign, which asks the public to be on the lookout for perpetrators of violent behavior and to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.

The “Ready: Whenever. Wherever.” campaign recognizes that violent acts and dangerous events can occur anywhere, anytime — often with little to no warning. With increased security concerns at the local, state and national levels, IDHS is encouraging Hoosiers to be ready.
“Discussion, preparation and practice allows you and your family to stay calm in the event of an emergency, whether evacuation from a fire, or faced with threatening or violent behavior,” said John Erickson with the IDHS. “This campaign is meant to help empower Hoosiers to live without fear and continue attending events and activities according to their comfort level.”
The “Ready: Whenever. Wherever.” approach asks Hoosiers to pause and consider potential safety risks in their surroundings and to identify possible actions they could take to increase their personal safety in the event of an emergency. For example, Hoosiers should:

·         Think about different scenarios that could be encountered in public settings.

·         Consider what defensive actions would be appropriate for oneself and one’s family.

·         Mentally or actively rehearse actions.

·         Identify the emergency exits and safety barriers upon entering a building.

·         Maintain awareness of other people and developing situations in the surrounding area.
“We each choose the best way to live our lives, and the safety of our loved ones is paramount,” Erickson said.
Indiana residents are encouraged to consider how “Ready: Whenever. Wherever.” fits in their homes and communities by talking with family, friends and work colleagues.
For more information, visit GetPrepared.in.gov.
Media Contact:
IDHS public information officer on duty at 317-234-6713 or pio@dhs.in.gov.






The City of Indianapolis Department of Public Safety established strategic objectives around which “the entire public safety department can mobilize to secure the City of Indianapolis Metropolitan Area from the dangerous and evolving threat of terrorism, prepare and mitigate for natural disasters, develop intelligence competencies, and plan and secure special events.” It aligns and focuses homeland security functions into several critical mission areas and identifies foundations that cut across all these mission areas. These foundations represent main sources of strength to draw upon in supporting and enabling terrorism-fighting activities.

The Department of Public Safety’s made significant positive change by stepping away from the previous efforts or paradigm and redirecting processes, procedures, attitudes, structures and systems into a new high performing – accountable Division of Homeland Security through:

  • “All hazards” risk based strategic and operational planning models,
  • Decentralized emergency response criteria with defined output/outcome objectives,
  • Significant emphasis on crime reduction/prevention, injury/loss prevention roles and responsibilities, and
  • Community centric organization philosophies.

Application of the principles of risk management within the new Division of Homeland Security leads to enhanced safety and security through a redirection of energies on clear, objective risk assessments and measurable performance outcomes focused on prevention, preparedness and mitigation on all hazards versus the current traditional response to a specific situation paradigm. This includes specific roles for the sections under the division and the creation of a Real Time Rapid Analysis Management Section to assist in crime fighting and prevention. The framework shall be structured to maintain the roles and responsibilities of each sector for funding and delivering services and at the same time maintaining situational awareness with the Director of Public Safety for guidance and direction.

The direction of the Division of Homeland Security is that every member of each section will receive an appropriate level of education, equipment and technology to perform their duties. In addition to the recommendation of a paradigm shift for this new division, the initiative shall recommend new duties and responsibilities for the Emergency Preparedness and Management, Metro Police Homeland Security, and Metro Fire Tactical Resources. This opportunity has far reaching potential going well beyond simple change to the creation of a high performing and accountable public safety services.

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