Emergency Management

courtesy City of Crawfordsville

The Crawfordsville City Council has approved the consolidation of several properties into a single clearinghouse which will also play home to emergency management services.

Currently, the city’s EMA department operates out of an office in the basement of Crawfordsville’s city hall.

Mayor Todd Barton says when it is, the city will move some large pieces of equipment there, including a backup fire truck and a couple incident command trailers used in emergencies.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton has made visits this month to businesses granted tax abatements by the city.

It’s normal – required, in many cases – for some sort of check-in to happen, but on this week’s Ask The Mayor, we find out whether Mayor Barton thinks changes that could be afoot in the coming years thanks to Stellar Cities money may change the way the city looks at abatements.

Also on this week’s show, we check back in on the progress of the reconstituted Crawfordsville Human Rights Commission.

Brookston residents cleanup, assess storm damage

Jun 23, 2016
Chris Morisse Vizza

The 1,500 residents of Brookston spent Thursday without power, due to strong winds that felled dozens of trees and damaged buildings.

Most everyone in town, and on the outskirts, mentioned the sound of the wind that arrived with a storm just after midnight Thursday morning.

“I’ve never seen the wind like that last night,” Ken Lucas says. “That was just unbelievable.”

The hum of generators replaced the wind, as residents, including Lucas emerged from their houses and saw the damage.

Mike Savage / WBAA Radio

3:45 p.m. Update:

Montgomery and Clinton Counties are among a list of nine Indiana counties whose appeal for federal winter weather funding have been approved.

Governor Mike Pence had asked federal administrators to reconsider the applications of about 30 counties that indicated the cold, snowy winter sapped their emergency preparedness budgets more than planned.

Task Force Shows Off Emergency Equipment

Feb 6, 2012

First responders throughout the region are learning more about the type of emergency equipment available in case of a serious situation.

The District Four Task Force – which includes Tippecanoe and surrounding counties – is holding open houses at the fairgrounds in Lafayette to teach about the materials.

Commander Jeff Houston says the equipment is essential for a number of circumstances, such as tornados and earthquakes.