Civil protection authority receives grant

Duke Energy Indiana recently awarded more than $175,000 in grants to 47 emergency management agencies, including the Jackson County Emergency Management Agency.

Jackson County will receive $2,800 that will be used to support the agency’s ham radio truck, Director Duane Davis said.

The grants can be used to fund K-9 aircraft search and rescue, installation of tornado sirens, search and rescue programs for vulnerable individuals, volunteer training, and various emergency preparedness and response programs.

According to a press release from the Plainfield-based utility, during major emergencies and natural disasters, local emergency management agencies play a critical role in providing the information, resources and support Duke Energy relies on to expedite power restoration for its customers.

“We know that successful disaster preparedness and recovery begins and ends at the local level,” said Stan Pinegar, President of Duke Energy, Indiana. “During major emergencies and natural disasters, local emergency management agencies play a critical role in providing the information, resources and support Duke Energy relies on to expedite power restoration for its customers.”

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