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Indiana Department of Homeland Security District Organization Program Overview. The District Concept. A cooperative effort involving local elected officials, emergency management, emergency responders, private sector, local community and civic groups on a regional level.

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Indiana Department of Homeland Security

District Organization

Program Overview


The District Concept

A cooperative effort involving local elected officials, emergency management,

emergency responders, private sector, local community and civic groups on a regional level


District Concept Development

  • The original concept grew out of recommendations first detailed in the 2005 Interim National Preparedness Goal and later in the 2007 National Preparedness Guidelines.
  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has identified the expansion of regional response capabilities as a national priority.
  • The creation of District (Regional ) planning and response organizations is a key component of the Indiana Strategy for Homeland Security.
homeland security districts
Homeland Security Districts
  • The Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Indiana State Department of Health have established ten Homeland Security Districts within the State of Indiana.
  • Each District is comprised of multiple counties and the numerous local communities within them.
  • Each District is unique in character, needs and capabilities.
district organizations and membership
District Organizations and Membership
  • District Planning Oversight Committee
    • Local Elected Officials
  • District Planning Council
    • EMA, Fire, EMS & Law Enforcement
    • Public Health & Public Works
    • Volunteer & Private Sector Organizations
  • District Response Task Force
    • Emergency Responders
roles of district organizations
Roles of District Organizations
  • District Planning Oversight Committee
    • Executive level oversight and support
  • District Planning Council
    • District level planning and coordination
  • District Response Task Force
    • District level incident response
district structure comparison
District Structure Comparison

Oversight & Support

Planning & Coordination

Operations& Response



U.S. Dept of



FEMA Urban

Search & Rescue

Task Force

Federal Level




IN Dept of



Indiana State

Task Force

State Level










Task Force

District Level


District Organizational Structure


Mayor or

Town Board President











Task Force













district response task force
District Response Task Force

The District Response Task Force (DRTF) is a

multi-disciplinary, all-hazards emergency response group capable of rapidly deploying to a variety of incidents.

  • The DRTF Program grew out of the Regional Weapons of Mass Destruction Task Force concept first developed in 2003.
  • Indiana District Response Task Force Development Plan was completed in late 2007 and released in February 2008.
  • The 2009 District Response Task Force Initiative Plan is in draft form and is currently under review.
  • A District Response Task Force will consist of specialized team elements representing multiple emergency response disciplines.
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District Response Task Force
  • The DRTF would be a District asset.
  • Staffed and managed by local emergency responders.
  • Operated through the coordinated effort of many jurisdictions within a District.
  • State grant funds will be available to support Task Force training and for the purchase of Task Force equipment.
  • Deployable to local, regional and statewide incidents.
  • Could also deploy nationally as part of IN State Task Force .
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District Response Task Force

Core Elements Include:

  • Incident Management
  • Fire Suppression
  • Law Enforcement
  • Emergency Medical
  • Service Support
district response task force supplementary elements
District Response Task ForceSupplementary Elements
  • These are optional, specialized resources which may already exist in a District or may be developed at some point to fulfill a specific local response requirement. These teams may include, but are not limited to:
    • Technical Rescue Team
    • Hazardous Materials Response
    • Cave / Tunnel / Mine Search and Rescue
    • Disaster Mental Health Team
    • Bomb Response Team
    • Damage Assessment Team
    • Donation and Volunteer Management Team
    • Agriculture Emergency Response Team
    • Animal Rescue / Veterinary Assistance Team
district response task force organizational levels
District Response Task Force Organizational Levels
  • District Response Task Force – Basic (DRTF-B) - A DRTF-B is a task force which is comprised of an All-Hazard Incident Management Team (Type III) as defined by the State Incident Management Program, a Support Services Element, and at least one other core element. A DRTF-B is self sufficient for 24 hours.
  • District Response Task Force – Intermediate (DRTF-I) - A DRTF-I requires the five core response elements and one supplementary element be represented on the team. Fully staffed, a DRTF-I would consist of a minimum of 95 - 111 members (Variable depends on the type of supplemental element selected). A DRTF-I is self-sufficient for 48 hours.
  • District Response Task Force – Advanced (DRTF-A) – A DRTF-A is comprised of all five core elements and at least two supplementary elements. A DRTF-A is self-sufficient for 72 hours.
district response task force deployment scenarios
District Response Task Force Deployment Scenarios
  • Full Task Force Deployment – Mobilization of all Strike Teams in a District, under a unified command, at the request of the State. Incident examples:
    • New Madrid / Wabash Valley Earthquake
    • WMD Incident
  • Strike Team Deployment – Mobilization of individual strike team elements at the request of the State, District or local jurisdiction. Incident Examples:
    • 2007 Nappanee Tornado
    • 2008 June Flooding
  • EMAC Deployment - Mobilization of a full District Response Task Force or individual strike team elements as part of the Indiana State Task Force. Incident example:
    • 2005 Hurricane Katrina - Operation “Hoosier Relief” mission to Biloxi, MS
    • 2009 Kentucky Ice Storm deployment to Frankfurt, KY
liability costs and reimbursement
Liability, Costs and Reimbursement
  • Activation of District Response Task Forces or Strike Team elements by the State of Indiana would be done in accordance with the Mobile Support Unit provision in State Law ( IC 10-14-3-19)
  • If the State of Indiana requests the deployment of a Task Force or a Strike Team element, associated costs will be paid out of the State Contingency Fund.
  • If there is a requirement for hospitalization and/or death benefits these will be covered under the Mobile Support Unit provisions.
  • If a local jurisdiction requests the deployment of a District Response Task Force or Strike Team elements, the requesting jurisdiction is responsible for paying costs associated with that deployment.
progress report
Progress Report
  • 9 of 10 DPCs formally established
  • 9 of 10 DPOCs formally established
  • Districts forming task-specific subcommittees
  • 9 Interim District Administrators hired
  • DRTF development underway in all Districts
  • District-level responses have already occurred
    • 2007 Nappanee Tornado
    • 2008 Flooding
    • 2008 Hurricane Ike Response

Improved organization in response and resource management during a large-scale emergency


Expanded capabilities through specialized equipment and training


Reimbursement and liability issues agreed upon pre-incident


Improved ability to capture and manage grant funds


The Ultimate Goal

  • Promote Teamwork and Cooperation
  • Effectively Prepare for and Respond to Disasters
  • Support and Protect Our Neighbors