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March 3, 2012

Official statement from the Indiana Joint Information Center regarding storm damage


HENRYVILLE — District Response Task Forces

Fifty-five individuals with the IDHS District 4 Response Task Force are deploying to New Pekin.

IDHS District 5 Incident Management Team (7 persons) is also deploying to Southern Indiana.

Staffed with local firefighters, law enforcement personnel, emergency medical services personnel, emergency managers, and other local emergency response professionals, the District Response Task Forces will support county emergency management agencies in the affected areas.

The Indiana Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) is the forward response team for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) during times of disaster and large scale emergencies. While the team is hosted by IDHS, the team consists of 12 members from multiple state agencies and is designed to handle all types of emergency incidents. The IDHS IMAT will be the forward eyes and ears in Henryville for the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

The IDHS IMAT is deploying with the Incident Response Vehicle (IRV) which has satellite connectivity, a weather station, video teleconferencing capabilities and internal/external Wi-Fi capabilities. The IRV also supports workstations for six, a conference table and various communications capabilities including satellite radio and telephone.


Anyone uncertain about the safety of residents in affected areas should visit and 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.


For more information about actions before, during and after severe weather and tornadoes, visit

Follow IDHS on facebook and on twitter at to stay informed about this developing situation.

Text “follow IDHS” to 40404 to receive updates from IDHS even if you do not have a twitter account.

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