> SOUTHERN INDIANA — State of Indiana Response to Tornado Activity in Southeastern Indiana
As of Saturday evening
On Friday, tornadoes struck the southern part of the State of Indiana. Counties known to have sustained damage include:Clark, Jefferson, Posey, Ripley, Warrick, Washington and Wayne. Spencer County is also reported to have sustained minor damage. The hardest hit counties are reported to be Jefferson, Scott, Ripley and Washington Counties.The full extent of damage sustained in these counties is still unknown. Damage assessments are beginning. It will be a few days before damage estimates can be quantified.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels spent much of today touring storm damaged communities in Southern Indiana.
The Indiana National Guard, State of Indiana, and Marion County have deployed teams to respond to the event. Federal officials are en route to the State EOC.
Henryville Water Supply: Water has been partially restored to the town of Henryville. Residents are advised they are under a DO NOT CONSUME warning.
Disaster Mental Health Teams: Three teams from Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addictions have been deployed to Washington, Clark and Ripley counties to provide assistance to those impacted by the storms.
Toll-Free Crisis Counseling Line: The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) has established a toll free hotline to provide mental health services for those affected by the storm: 1-866 679 4631. Individuals can receive counseling by phone or referrals for services.
· Ind. 160 East-bound (Clark Co) from West of Henryville at I-65
· U.S. 31 from S.R. 356 (Scott Co.) to S.R. 403 (Clark Co)
· U.S. 50 (Jennings Co) from U.S. 421 to North Vernon
For information on road closures, visit the Indiana Travel Conditions site, which can be found at http://indot.carsprogram.orgor by calling (800) 261-ROAD (7623)
New Shelter Opened: A new Red Cross shelterhas been opened at:
Chelsea Church of God **Opened Saturday***
6231 S. Ind. 62
Lexington, IN 47138
Power Outages: 726 customers without power
Indiana Task Force 1: Indiana Task Force 1 team members are completing search and rescue activities on Saturday, March 3, and will be returning home after finalizing operations.
Volunteers: Individuals or groups who want to volunteer in storm-affected areas should contact Indiana Volunteers Active in Disasters, online at: www.invoad.org . Well-meaning individuals who show up to help without prior contact or coordination with disaster management personnel in southern Indiana can further complicate or even hinder response and recovery operations already underway.
Storm Damage Reports: Hoosiers, who sustained damage caused by severe weather that began Thursday, March 1, are being asked to report damage online by visiting www.in.gov/dhsand clicking on “Citizen Damage Reports for March Severe Weather” in the middle of the page under “Topics of the Day.” This is NOT an application for any assistance program, but a way to help local emergency managers to assess storm damage progress.
Open Shelters List:
Charlestown High School
1 Pirate Place
Charlestown, IN 47111
South Ripley Elementary School
1568 S. Benham Road
Versailles, IN 47042
209 S. Main St
Salem, IN 47167
Chelsea Church of God **
6231 S. State Road 62
Lexington, IN 47138
Utilities: Due to many gas leaks, all natural gas services have been turned off in Henryville.
Public Health: a tetanus clinic is being set up for Washington County residents ONLY at Pekin United Methodist Church in Pekin at 244 South Shorts Corner Rd.
There are 14 confirmed fatalities:
Jefferson County, 4
Scott County, 3
Ripley County, 2
Washington County, 4
Clark County, 1
Injuries: While significant numbers of injuries are being reported, there are no reports of local medical facilities being overwhelmed.
State Emergency Operations Center:
Under the leadership of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), the Indiana Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has increased staffing and will remain activated 24 hours a day to monitor conditions and provide resource support to county emergency agencies in areas affected by this afternoon’s severe storms and tornado activity.
Anyone uncertain about the safety of residents in affected areas should visit www.redcross.organd click on “List Yourself or Search Registrants” to register or see if their loved one has checked in.
Tornado survivors and concerned citizens can call 2-1-1 (or 317.926.4357) for help and information regarding the recent severe weather event.
Hoosiers in the affected areas are asked to pay attention to and follow the directions of all local law enforcement and public safety officials. Hoosiers NOT in affected areas already are asked to refrain from traveling to affected areas.
The single best way to help disaster survivors in southeastern Indiana is with a cash donation to a legitimate relief agency, such as the American Red Cross, operating in the area.
People can help those affected by disasters like the Midwest tornadoes and storms, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Consider making a donation today by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to someone’s local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Contributions enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.
Other sites to make monetary donations include: www.invoad.com; www.aidmatrixnetwork.org/fema/states.aspx?ST=Indiana; and www.fema.gov/donations .
For more information about actions before, during and after severe weather and tornados, visit GetPrepared.in.gov.
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