County’s Department of Homeland Security Monitoring Public Safety
January 6, 2014 by Kristyn Estes & Jerry Howard
Northwest Indiana residents are being asked to stay off the roads while they are packed with snow and ice. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has issued travel warnings for the northern two thirds of the state.
Jodi Richmond is the director of the Lake County Department of Homeland Security, and she spoke with Kristyn Estes on “Lakeshore News Tonight” about her department’s public safety effort, including a red-green card initiative to signal emergency responders from the street.
The next 48 hours could be as challenging for emergency responders as the past 48 hours as arctic cold follows a foot of snow from a strong winter storm. Richmond says her top priority is people and keeping them warm. She also says that clearing stranded vehicles is another priority as wind blows snow into drifts across region roads.
As Lake County’s liaison to the state’s Department of Homeland Security, Richmond says the Region’s emergency responders have a common need of more personnel.