Monroe County, Indiana

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Emergency Management


About the Monroe County Emergency Management Office

Emergency Management means the preparation for and the coordination of all emergency functions other than functions for which military forces or other federal agencies are primarily responsible for to prevent, minimize and repair injury and damage resulting from disasters.

The formation and regulation of county level emergency management follow Indiana Code Title 10, Article 14.

Our Mission Statement

To establish and maintain a progressive emergency management program that promotes the mitigation of, preparation for, the response to, and the recovery from emergencies and disasters impacting the public, government, and businesses of the communities in Monroe County.

Current County Emergency Status: Green: Normal Operations

Emergency Status Types:

Green: Normal Operations (No reported issues or emergencies). No actions need to be taken. 

Yellow: Current Active Emergency (Current Active Emergency is ongoing, with a moderate severity level) Flooding, emergency road closures, hazmat spill, severe weather. Citizens should stay informed by reliable local sources and stay away from the impacted area. 

Orange: Severe Significant Emergency Conditions (A severe emergency is in progress, and significant damage or disruption is very likely) Tornado damage, Ice storm. Citizens should take safety precautions. Stay indoors if possible, and stay informed.

Red: Extreme Full Emergency Conditions (A major emergency is in progress, causing significant disruption to county operations) Active Shooter, Bombing, Major Tornado, Shelter In Place, or Evacuation order. Citizens need to stay indoors and wait for instructions from local authorities.

Harvest Season Safety

We would like to remind everyone that harvest season is in full swing here in Monroe County and surrounding areas. This means that tractors and other heavy farm equipment will be operating on county roads and highways. If you come upon any farm equipment, please be patient and share the road. Stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Watch the movement of the equipment to help keep both of you safe!

Follow these safety tips:
  • Avoid tailgating. Maintain a good stopping distance between you and the farm equipment. Farm equipment often makes sudden stops, so be patient. Some farm equipment can take up most of the road due to its width.
  • Be cautious while passing. Only pass in designated passing zones, and have a good visual of what is ahead of you and of the equipment. Try to get the attention of the equipment driver if possible prior to passing.
  • Allow plenty of time to get to your destination. Be aware of alternate routes and avoid distractions.
  • Farmers will often pull over to the side when they are able and safe to do so to let motorists pass.
  • Always maintain situational awareness!
Be alert and share the road!
Stay Safe!


Monroe County Government in partnership with the American Red Cross have teamed up to address the blood shortage in our area.  If you would like to help the cause and donate blood, please click on one of the below dates for details on registration and the blood drive dates. We are all in this together.

Thursday, October 20, 2022 (1PM-6PM) - Ivy Tech

Friday, October 21, 2022 (10AM-3PM) - Ivy Tech

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 (1PM-6PM) - Ivy Tech

Friday, November 11, 2022 (10AM-3PM) - Ivy Tech

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Tornado Safety and Awareness

Tornado Safety

Sign Up For Emergency Alerts !

Sign up and receive critical community information.

Citizen Alert Sign-Up
Receive emergency alerts and other important community news by signing up for Monroe County Alert. This systems enables us to provide you with critical information quickly, such as tornado warnings, road closures, missing persons and evacuations that are specific to Monroe County.

You will receive time sensitive messages, and you can specify to receive them by text, email, home phone, etc. and what types of alerts you would like to receive.


Travel Advisory Map

To keep up to date on the current travel status of Monroe County, click here Travel Advisory Map Link

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IDHS Travel Map



An emergency or disaster may strike at anytime, unannounced. The best way to survive and recover from an incident is to be prepared for them at all times. One way to help yourself be prepared, is to make an emergency preparedness kit that you can take with you everywhere you go. It is a great idea to have multiple kits. You can keep one in your vehicle at all times, one in your house, and any other location that you may think about.


  • Battery-powered Flashlight
  • Extra Batteries
  • Water Bottles
  • Non-perishable food items                                                                                                                                                   American Red Cross   
  • First Aid Kit
  • Rain gear/Poncho
  • Blanket
  • Extra clothing
  • Personal Hygiene products
  • Cell phones with charges
  • Extra cash for emergency use
  • Waterproof matches and fire starter kit
  • Road Flares
  • NOAA Weather Radio
  • Maps of your area (County and State)
  • Tarps to make a shelter if needed


  • House or Apartment
  • Vehicle 
  • RV/Camper
  • Boat 
  • Garage
  • Outbuilding or shed     

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Contact Us

Jamie Neibel,
Director Emergency Management
  • Phone: (812) 349-2546
  • Fax: (812) 349-2052
  • Staff Directory
  • M - F 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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