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  • Versailles man killed in accidental explosion - July 28, 2021

    An 83-year-old man died Tuesday following an accidental explosion that occurred outside his rural Versailles home.

    Investigators with the Indiana State Fire Marshal say Kenneth Hayes was cutting on a fuel tank outside his home in the 6100 block of South Benham Road when an explosion occurred. The resulting fire ignited the nearby garage. Hayes died from his injuries, and the official cause of death is pending autopsy, according to the Ripley County Coroner’s Office.

    Crews from the Versailles and Friendship fire departments responded to the scene and successfully prevented the fire from spreading to the home. Personnel remained on the scene for several hours to investigate the accidental death.

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    Media Contact:
    IDHS Office of Public Affairs
    pio@dhs.in.gov
    317-234-6713

  • SBA offers disaster assistance to businesses and residents of Indiana affected by severe storms and flooding - July 7, 2021

    Partner Press Release

    SBA Fact Sheet

    Indiana businesses and residents affected by severe storms and flooding on June 18–19, 2021, can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    The loans were made available in response to a letter from Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on July 2, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA. Businesses and residents in the declared area can now apply for low-interest disaster loans from the SBA. The declaration covers Jefferson and Monroe counties, and the adjacent counties of Brown, Clark, Greene, Jackson, Jennings, Lawrence, Morgan, Owen, Ripley, Scott and Switzerland in Indiana; and Carroll and Trimble in Kentucky.

    “The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of Indiana with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist businesses of all sizes, homeowners and renters with federal disaster loans,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. “Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

    To assist businesses and residents affected by the disaster, the SBA will open two Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) at 8 a.m. Friday, July 9, in Monroe and Jefferson counties:

      Monroe County Jefferson County
    Location Monroe County Convention Center
    302 S. College St.
    Bloomington, IN 47403 
    Madison Area Chamber of Commerce
    301 E. Main St. (across from Courthouse)
    Madison, IN 47250 
    Center Opens 8 a.m. on Friday, July 9 8 a.m. on Friday, July 9
    Center Closes
    (Permanently)
    5 p.m. on Friday, July 16 5 p.m. on Friday, July 16
    Hours of Operation Monday–Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Saturday (July 10): Noon to 5 p.m.
    Sunday (July 11): Closed
    Monday–Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Saturday (July 10): 8 a.m. to noon
    Sunday (July 11): Closed

    Customer Service Representatives will be available at the DLOCs to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help individuals complete their applications. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the SBA has established protocols to help protect the health and safety of the public. All visitors to the DLOCs are encouraged to wear a face mask.

    Survivors may contact the SBA’s Disaster Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 for assistance in completing their loan applications. Requests for SBA disaster loan program information may be obtained by emailing foce-help@sba.gov.

    The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Sept. 7, 2021. The deadline to return economic injury applications is April 7, 2022.

    “Businesses and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets,” said SBA’s Indiana District Director Stacey Poynter.

    For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

    “Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property,” said Kem Fleming, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

    Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter, sump pump, French drain or retaining wall to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.

    Interest rates are as low as 2.88 percent for businesses, 2 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 1.625 percent for homeowners and renters, with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

    Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoanAssistance.sba.gov/ela/s.

    Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

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    Media Contact:
    U.S. Small Business Administration
    Disaster Field Operations Center East
    Michael Lampton
    michael.lampton@sba.gov
    404-331-0333

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  • IDHS In the News

    This Is What the Indiana State Fair Is Doing to Ensure Ride Safety

    7/30/21

    The Indiana State Fair is back — and with it, the Indiana State Fair Midway is reopening its arch to riders. But with those rides reopening, there's a responsibility to make sure everyone is safe and all rides are up to code. Matthew Cronley with Indiana Homeland Security is in charge of that effort. Rides must undergo safety protocols before they're available to the public. ...

    Follow the story from the Indianapolis Star

    This Is What the Indiana State Fair Is Doing to Ensure Ride Safety

    7/30/21

    The Indiana State Fair is back — and with it, the Indiana State Fair Midway is reopening its arch to riders. But with those rides reopening, there's a responsibility to make sure everyone is safe and all rides are up to code. Matthew Cronley with Indiana Homeland Security is in charge of that effort. Rides must undergo safety protocols before they're available to the public. ...

    Follow the story from the Indianapolis Star

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    Retired Noble County EMA Executive Director Receives Sagamore of the Wabash

    7/29/21

    This one even caught Mr. Preparedness off guard. Recently retired Noble County EMA Executive Director Mick Newton was presented the Sagamore of the Wabash — the state’s highest civilian honor — during a surprise presentation July 26 during the commissioners meeting at the Noble County Courthouse. Indiana Department of Homeland Security Executive Director Stephen Cox presented the Sagamore of the Wabash to Newton on behalf of Gov. Eric Holcomb. ...

    Follow the story from the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly

    Retired Noble County EMA Executive Director Receives Sagamore of the Wabash

    7/29/21

    This one even caught Mr. Preparedness off guard. Recently retired Noble County EMA Executive Director Mick Newton was presented the Sagamore of the Wabash — the state’s highest civilian honor — during a surprise presentation July 26 during the commissioners meeting at the Noble County Courthouse. Indiana Department of Homeland Security Executive Director Stephen Cox presented the Sagamore of the Wabash to Newton on behalf of Gov. Eric Holcomb. ...

    Follow the story from the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly

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    MADE@Plainfield Facility Prepares Students, Adults for High-Demand Jobs

    7/29/21

    A new facility is preparing to help students and adults of central Indiana qualify for high demand jobs and career fields. Made @ Plainfield is a collaborative effort among the town and higher education partners, like Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University. That’s along with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Fire & Public Safety Academy, ...

    Follow the story from FOX59

    MADE@Plainfield Facility Prepares Students, Adults for High-Demand Jobs

    7/29/21

    A new facility is preparing to help students and adults of central Indiana qualify for high demand jobs and career fields. Made @ Plainfield is a collaborative effort among the town and higher education partners, like Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University. That’s along with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Fire & Public Safety Academy, ...

    Follow the story from FOX59

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SBA Disaster Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration is helping Hoosiers in more than a dozen Indiana counties recover from severe storms and flooding from June 2021. Learn more about the efforts in the July 7 press release below.

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SBA Disaster Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration is helping Hoosiers in more than a dozen Indiana counties recover from severe storms and flooding from June 2021. Learn more about the efforts in the July 7 press release below.

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