LAFAYETTE Ind. (WLFI)-Operation Force Multiplier kicked off today in Lafayette. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana State Department of Health and Indiana National Guard all met with local, emergency managers to inform them about their capabilities.
It also gives emergency management response both on state and local levels an opportunity to create partnerships ahead of any emergency situations.
“The last thing you want to do during an incident or a disaster is to meet people for the first time, said Erin Rowe the Response and Recovery Division Director for DHS. “This is really an opportunity for everybody to get to know each other before and incident or disaster strikes."
The gathering also informs local emergency management agencies on how they would go about requesting assistance from the state.
“Laws change and activities change,” said Lisa Kopczynski the Director of Military Support, for the Indiana National Guard. “When we get together like this we can talk through those. It helps to let all those personal who may have been in different roles understand how the Indiana National Guard will respond."
Operation Force Multiplier will see the three agencies visiting six emergency districts across Indiana from Sept. 5 through Oct. 3.