Governor Deploys Guard, Then Adds More Response Teams for Storm
January 5, 2014 by Jerry Howard
Indiana Department of Homeland Security says that in addition to 24 Highway Assistance Teams deployed earlier, 24 more teams are being deployed to armories in Fort Wayne, Bluffton, Winchester, Muncie, Kokomo, Evansville, Gary, Valparaiso, Plymouth, Elkhart, and Remington; four teams are going to Ft. Wayne, and two teams each to all other locations.
IDHS says the teams are ready to respond, after a staging process until 10:00 p.m.
The Highway Assistance Teams assist local agencies with life-saving measures, such as rescuing stranded motorists, moving individuals to shelters, and helping local emergency medical services reach people who need medical attention. Teams include two Guardsmen in each vehicles, with two vehicles per team.
With the extra deployments, 48 Highway Assistance Teams are deployed across the state, consisting of nearly 200 Guardsmen and 96 vehicles.
IDHS says the State in monitoring the situation and will deploy resources as needed.