CHICAGO –FEMA staff are now beginning to be assigned to Indiana’s emergency management agency, continuing the rollout of the FEMA Integration Team (FIT) program. As the third state nationwide to establish a FIT, FEMA and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) will be co-located in Indianapolis to allow for improved coordination of plans and actions and foster greater collaboration in preparing for future disasters.
While FEMA currently works closely with IDHS through the regional office in Chicago, putting staff directly into the state office is a new enhancement of that cooperation.
“FIT is an opportunity for FEMA to provide even greater customer service to the state and local governments we already support on a day-to-day basis,” said James K. Joseph, regional administrator, FEMA Region V. “Working together with our partners at IDHS, we’ll focus on identifying the best ways to build a more resilient Indiana, while ensuring effective response and recovery operations before, during and after disasters throughout the state.”
“FEMA continues to be an integral partner in IDHS fulfilling its mission to maintain a safe and secure Indiana,” said IDHS Executive Director Bryan Langley. “We can now work seamlessly with FEMA as we plan, train and exercise across the state to ensure Indiana is best positioned to respond to incidents and protect all Hoosiers.”
For the remainder of fiscal year 2018, FEMA will embed staff in up to 10 states. For more information about FIT, visit www.fema.gov/fema-integration-teams.
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