1. I'm glad to see these two departments combined. While individually, they always worked well together, this just makes sense. To those who don't know, the Environmental Department runs the PoCo HAZMAT team, something no singular fire department in this county can do. And Emergency Management is the "keepers of the keys to to tool box" for the First Responders in the county when the emergency they are working goes beyond their normal means to handle. I'm happy to see these departments placed in such capable hands. But I have to ask what happened to Phil Griffith, the former EMA Director. The article doesn't mention whathappened to him. Phil has been a member of the emergency response community in Porter County and NWI for years.
    July 19, 2012 1:02 pm on Porter County combining emergency and environmental departments
  2. That's the address/phone for the Indiana Dunes State Park. Their waters are actually pretty safe because they have life guards that close the water when there are rip currents. This drowning, as well as the one earlier this year in Beverly Shores both occured in waters managed by the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. You can call the lakeshore's Chief Ranger, Mike Bremer, at 395-1653. (Phone number found open source at nps.gov).
    July 10, 2012 2:30 pm on Search continues for Portage teen missing in Lake Michigan
  3. It isn't irrelevant. This is not the first time that there has been a drowning at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk. And it's the second one in national lakeshore managed areas this year. The NPS is charged with maintaining the safety of it's visitors. Placing a simple sign at the entrance to parking lots saying "lakes are dangerous" isn't enough. I'm sure the NPS is informed when rip current warnings are issued by the National Weather Service, what do they do to pass that information on to the visitor?
    July 09, 2012 5:15 pm on Search continues for Portage teen missing in Lake Michigan
  4. While I'm sorry for the families loss....I have to ask: Why is the DNR speaking on this? Isn't this National Park Service property? Where are they on this one?
    July 09, 2012 12:22 pm on Search continues for Portage teen missing in Lake Michigan
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