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About the Senior Advisory Committee (SAC)

first responders logo circleThe Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) established the Senior Advisory Committee (SAC) as an advisory council to the administration of the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) federal grant. IDHS is tasked with administering these federal funds, and the SAC supports a whole community approach to emergency preparedness and management in Indiana. The SHSP fund is designed to enhance the core capabilities of Indiana to achieve the National Preparedness Goal established by FEMA. The SAC ensures IDHS administers the funds to address core capabilities while providing oversight and direction through the grant review, scoring, and award process for SHSP. Other responsibilities include:

  • Support the integration of activities across disciplines that best protect Hoosiers, in accordance with the SHSP program
  • Create a cohesive planning network that builds and implements initiatives using local, state and federal resources
  • Manage all available funding sources to ensure their effectiveness and minimize duplication
  • Ensure applications for SHSP funds align with capability gaps identified through Indiana’s THIRA/SPR process
  • Assist in the review and revision, if necessary, of local homeland security plans
  • Monitor the effectiveness of the SHSP program
  • Members

    According to the 2018 SAC charter, the SAC is chaired by the executive director of IDHS. The composition of the SAC members includes local government representatives, public safety officers and a host of other relevant disciplines impacted by Indiana's preparedness and planning initiatives.

    MemberTitle/Agency
    Stephen Cox Executive Director, IDHS
    Tracy Barnes Chief Information Officer, State of Indiana
    Bernie Beier Director, Allen County Homeland Security
    Steven Cain Disaster Communication Specialist, Purdue University Extension
    John Elcesser Executive Director, Indiana Non-Public Education Association
    Sally Fay Communications & Outreach Director and Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, Integrated Public Safety Commission
    Phil Johnson University of Notre Dame (Retired)
    Michael Kaufmann EMS Medical Director, IDHS
    Peri RogowskiState Planning Director, IDHS
    Larry Turner Assistant Chief of Staff / Intelligence and Investigations, Indiana State Police
    Michael Wilson Fire Chief, Warsaw-Wayne Fire Department
    Rachel Cosner Non-voting IDHS Staff
    David Hosick Non-voting IDHS Staff
    Kim Snyder Non-voting IDHS Staff
    Jonathan Whitham Non-voting IDHS Staff
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  • State Homeland Security Program Grant

    The State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) grant assists state, local, tribal and territorial efforts to build, sustain and deliver the capabilities necessary to prevent, prepare for, protect against and respond to acts of terrorism. Visit the SHSP page to learn more about the program and how to apply.

    State Homeland Security Program