Jay County Emergency Management

The Jay County Emergency Management is the managerial function charged with creating the framework within which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters. Emergency Management protects communities by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters.

Important Information / Resources

Local Travel Advisories

Advisory Level (Yellow)

This level may be declared when routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas of the county because of a hazardous situation; citizens should use caution or avoid these areas. Schools and businesses may begin to implement their emergency action plans.

Watch Level (Orange)

This level may be declared when conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. Only essential travel is recommended (i.e. to and from work, emergency situations, etc.). At this level, emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies and other organizations.

Warning Level (Red)

This level may be declared when roads have become impassable and the County Highway Department is not able to keep the roadways cleared due to extreme weather conditions such as a severe snow fall, high drifts or blizzard like conditions present. Travel may be restricted to emergency management workers ONLY and essential emergency travel by members of the public as the Board may further direct, such as privately employed health care workers. Further restrictions that the Board deems necessary may be included within the local disaster declaration.

To view current travel advisories visit:

Public Records Request Form

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) Office of General Counsel manages and maintains public records and responds to public records requests made to the agency in accordance with the Indiana Access to Public Records Act (Indiana Code 5-14-3). IDHS is committed to providing maximum transparency to the public with very few exceptions.

Prior to submitting a request using the IDHS Public Records Request Web Form below, please review the following information, which provides valuable insight into records that may be withheld from public disclosure and anticipated timelines for processing requests. Links may also be provided if records are available through a public-facing website or database without the need to submit a public records request.

Requests are received and processed as quickly as possible by IDHS. Depending on the type of record requested, complexity of the request and staffing availability, the entire process from receipt of the request, receipt of the records, review of the records and distribution to the requestor may be 4–6 weeks or longer.

To access the Public Records Request Forms visit:

Weather Events / Storm Damage Reporting Form

The Emergency Management Office works cooperatively with the National Weather Service to share and inform local residents of critical weather events or damage in the area you live in. You can report weather related events, and/or damage to the National Weather Service by visiting theJay County Reporting Form. These reports are shared with weather experts to provide the most accurate and responsive information available to the general public.

Types of weather events you can report include;

  • • Tornadoes
  • • Damaging Winds
  • • Hail
  • • Flooding
  • • Heavy Rain
  • • Snow
  • • Freezing Rain/Icing
  • • Strong Winds
  • • Fog

To report storm damage or weather related events in your area visit the
Jay County Reporting Form

Jay County Indiana Emergency Alerts

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