Governor Deploys Guard, Then Adds More Response Teams for Storm

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January 5, 2014 by Jerry Howard

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is using the Indiana National Guard to respond to a winter storm that has brought roughly a foot of new snow to Northwest Indiana, to be followed with arctic wind that could drive wind chills to 50 degrees below zero.
Today Pence ordered the Guard to deploy additional Highway Assistance Teams in response to heavy snow and low temperatures forecast across the state.

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.


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