VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Emergency Management Agencies in multiple counties throughout Indiana will receive a boost in funding after a recent Duke Energy Foundation announcement.

A total of more than $175,000 will go out to support 47 local EMAs throughout Duke Energy’s customer region in the state. Representatives of Duke said the funding will support things like;

  • Search and rescue K-9s
  • Installation of tornado sirens
  • Volunteer training
  • Search and rescue programs for “at-risk” individuals
  • Various preparedness and response programs

“At Duke Energy, we put safety first in everything we do – and we’re committed to helping our local emergency management agencies prepare to respond in any type of emergency situation,” President of Duke Energy Indiana Stan Pinegar said. “We know that successful emergency preparedness and recovery begins and ends at the local level. We appreciate our collaborative relationships with these key organizations in the communities we serve, particularly when storms bring power lines down or an emergency occurs.”

“We were thankful [to receive] the grant that we got from Duke. We will be using our money to help finish putting our 80-foot communications tower up at our new EMA building,” Jim Pirtle, Director of Sullivan County Emergency Management, said.

Grants awarded as part of this program are as follows;

  • Monroe County – $5,000
  • Orange County – $5,000
  • Lawrence County – $5,000
  • Brown County – $5,000
  • Putnam County – $5,000
  • Vigo County – $5,000
  • Vermillion County – $5,000
  • Owen County – $5,000
  • Clark County – $2,500
  • Crawford County – $2,500
  • Floyd County – $2,500
  • Jefferson County – $2,500
  • Harrison County – $2,500
  • Switzerland County – $2,500
  • Washington County – $2,500
  • Scott County – $2,500
  • Knox County – $3,000
  • Gibson County – $5,000
  • Martin County – $2,000
  • Greene County – $2,000
  • Sullivan County – $2,000
  • Posey County – $2,000
  • Warrick County – $2,000
  • Pike County – $2,000
  • Montgomery County – $5,000
  • Tippecanoe County – $5,000
  • Clinton County – $5,000
  • Carroll County – $5,000
  • Huntington County – $5,000
  • Cass County – $2,500
  • Howard County – $5,000
  • Wabash County – $5,000
  • Fulton County – $2,500
  • Hamilton County – $10,000
  • Madison County – $3,000
  • Henry County – $5,000
  • Wayne County – $2,000
  • Shelby County – $5,000
  • Hendricks County – $5,000
  • Johnson County – $6,341
  • City of Plainfield – $3,000
  • Bartholomew County – $3,200
  • Decatur County – $2,800
  • Jackson County – $2,800
  • Rush County – $2,800
  • Union County – $2,800
  • Jennings County – $2,800