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[IDHS] Emergency Building Inspection Team Trains for Disasters
Start Date: 3/14/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/14/2014
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Emergency Building Inspection Team Trains for Disasters

The Indiana Building Emergency Assessment and Monitoring (IBEAM) Team participated in an exercise at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Thursday, March 13 and Friday, March 14. IBEAM is the only self-sustaining emergency building assessment team in the United States.

Self-sustainment means the team has the resources to provide utilities, housing, food, sanitary facilities, communications and other capabilities to operate on its own with no outside help. This is especially important during a disaster, because resources will be taxed.

The exercise trained team members in emergency building inspection procedures and tested and validated plans for emergency response. The training included both classroom training and a simulation.

During the simulation, members practiced establishing a command center. They set up the location, established communication and ensured that redundant systems were in place in case of any failures.

The IBEAM team is part of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and consists of trained and qualified volunteers. The volunteers are licensed engineers, registered architects and many other personnel. IBEAM enables these members to offer their time and talent in the assessment of buildings and essential facilities following a natural or man-made disaster. The only other states with a comparable team are California, Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee.
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