Fire Prevention Week Coloring Contest!!

During the week of October 7-13th, the United States will recognize National Fire Prevention Week 2012. Over the month of September and the first week of October, we invite you to have your kids color one of the 3 pictures we’ve included here. After they have colored them, you can scan them and return them to or mail them to Gibson County Communique’ Foundation at PO Box 77 Patoka, IN. 47666. We will change our Cover Picture, on each of our Communique’ pages each day, over the next month, and display all the kids’ drawings. We will also put each picture into an album that we’ll let folks vote on. The picture with the most votes wins a $25.00 gift card. Please include your child’s name, age, and an email or phone number (so we can contact you if your child wins the gift car) when returning the pictures to us. Click on any or all of the image links below to display and print out the picture(s) you would like to see your children color. Please keep this to ages 0-12 so our youngsters can actually win something instead of adults overwhelming the contest.





Knox County Emergency Notification Service (CodeRED)

The Knox County Emergency management Agency has instituted a new rapid emergency notification service called CodeRED®. The new system will distribute emergency messages via telephone, to targeted areas or the entire county at a rate of 1,000 calls per minute. CodeRED® employs a one-of-a-kind Internet mapping capability for geographic targeting of calls, coupled with a high speed telephone calling system capable of delivering customized pre-recorded emergency messages directly to homes and businesses, live individuals and answering machines.

By registering, you’ll be added to the emergency call list, and also be notified during Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings.

This service can be used in case of fires, chemical spills, evacuations, lock downs, downed power lines, lost individuals, natural disasters, abductions, water system problems, bomb threats, or other emergencies. Calls can be geographically targeted for localized messaging. If widespread, the entire community could be called within a few minutes. The system also reports who did not get a call so that they may be contacted by other means.

Knox County residents are welcome and encouraged to enter their contact information for home, business, and mobile phones so they may be contacted by the system in the event of an emergency. It is important for city residents and businesses customers to register, especially if they use unlisted numbers, cell phones, or VOIP. Those who do not register their address and phone number may not be notified with CodeRED in the case of an emergency. Registration is confidential, free, and easy.

To sign up, go to:

Red Skelton Festival in Vincennes

1st Annual Tri-State Weather Workshop

1st Annual Tri-State Weather Workshop

Saturday, October 20, 2012 — 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Central)

The first annual Tri-State Weather Workshop is an all-day event providing you the opportunity to learn and advance your storm-spotting skills and weather knowledge.


7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Attendee Check-In
8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. Keynote Address: Wayne Hart, Chief Meteorologist at WEHT-TV Evansville
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Basic Weather Spotter Training Class
9:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Breakout Sessions (choose 1)

  • Radar Interpretation
  • Social Media & Emergency Management
  • Introduction to Ham Radio
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions (choose 1)

  • Radar Interpretation
  • Social Media & Emergency Management
  • Introduction to Ham Radio
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Catered Lunch (included in your registration fee)
1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Elite Spotter Training Class
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Meet & Greet Session










Each attendee will receive a Weather Workshop T-Shirt and be registered for door prizes, which will be given away during the lunch hour.

Attendance is limited to the first 70 paid registrations.



Once Attendee registers for the Seminar, we make extensive arrangements and investments while anticipating their tuition and attendance, and, in the case of their cancellation, we incur significant administration hassles, expenses, and loss of business. Given this fact, we do not accept cancellations or issue refunds beginning 10 days after Attendee has registered for the Workshop. If Attendees cancel within 10 days of registering they will receive a full refund, but any Attendee seeking to cancel their registration after 10 days will not, under any circumstances, receive a refund. Again, this is due to the extremely limited seating for an event of this nature. If you are unsure of whether or not you can attend the event, do not register. If for whatever reason you are unable to attend the event after you have registered and after 10 days have passed since registering, we will happily transfer your ticket to someone else at our sole discretion.


Please read our entire event policy at

* Schedule of events and workshop topics are subject to change without notice.

Knox County Storm Spotter Training Course

Knox County Emergency Management Agency will be hosting the annual 2012 National Weather Service Severe Storm Spotter Training Course on Thursday, March 15 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Workforce Development Building at 1500 Chestnut St in Vincennes. The class is free of charge and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome to attend.

This is a great opportunity to learn about severe weather and severe weather safety. This also helps as a refresher for some that have not been to a spotter course for a while to keep up to date on changes.

2012 Weather Spotter Training Webinars

The National Weather Service in Paducah KY will be conducting 10 Spotter Training Webinars in preparation for the upcoming severe weather season. These free webinars are open to anyone and will have all the content of our basic spotter class.

For a list of dates and times, or to register, visit our web page at:

Classes last about 2 1/2 hours, and a computer and phone is required for the presentation.



VU Homeland Security Community Academy


The public is invited to enroll in one of two Homeland Security Community Academies. The First academy will be March 24, 2012 at the VU Gibson Center in Fort Branch, IN and the second academy will be March 31, 2012 at Lawrenceville, IL City Hall.
These sessions are designed to raise awareness about timely issues such as weapons of mass destruction, international and domestic terrorism, emergency management and many other interesting topics.

Enrollment in the academy is free and lunch will be provided. Participants are encouraged to attend one of the two sessions. The sessions are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. EST and 9 a.m. CST.

Further details and applications are available at

If attending – Please mention that you heard about this program from Gibson County Communique!


The application is available at:

Completed applications should be emailed to:


Vincennes Fire Victims needing Help

Clothing Sizes for the Acton Family:

Emily (6) wears size 7-8,

Lance (7) 7-8,

Riley 1 (girl) 2t-some4

Trenton (5) 6-8

Tray (7) 6-8

Tucker (5months) 12 months

(Tonya: Pants-XL Shirts-XL Shoe Size-91/2)

(Kevin: Pants-36×32 Shirts-XL Shoe Size-11)

(Kevin Acton – Pants 34×34 Shirt-L Shoe Size-15)

(Samantha: Pants-11-13 Shirts L-XL)




Welcome to Gibson County Communique Foundation

Welcome to the Gibson County Communique Foundation.

We are a non profit, public charity, ran by volunteers, who make/receive NO money from the foundation, or your donations.  EVERY penny that is donated is spent on needy families in the Wabash Valley Area.  We are currently in the process of helping out several families for Christmas, who without our help wouldn’t have the funds to buy Christmas presents for their kids.

More information about the GCC Foundation will be posted soon.