INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb has authorized the Indiana National Guard to mobilize and deploy to Florida this weekend as Hurricane Irma closes in on the coastline.
The 38th Infantry Division, based out of Indianapolis, and a team from the 181st Intelligence Wing, based out of Terre Haute, are fully engaged with local, state and federal authorities to assist with life-saving and life-sustaining efforts in Florida.
Together about 100 men and women of the Indiana Army and Air National Guard are prepared to deploy beginning as early as tomorrow to assist coordinate response efforts and provide advanced communication capabilities.
"The National Guard stands trained and prepared to assist authorities protect lives and property," said Maj. Gen. Courtney P. Carr, the Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard. "This is a core competency of this organization and we focus on being ready when called."
More than 450,000 National Guard Airman and Soldiers from across the nation are available to support domestic response efforts. On average, more than 4,000 Guard members conduct operations in the United States on any given day.
The 38th was called to assist in managing the flow of personnel and resources into and out of Hurricane Harvey impacted areas, sending over 80 personnel to Texas. That group is set to return home over the next couple of days.
The Indiana National Guard responded to the 2016 Kokomo tornado as well as the 2017 landfill fire in Elkhart. Since 2004, the Indiana National Guard has responded to over 30 events with over 4,600 Soldiers. Seven of those events were eventually declared Federal Disaster events, including our participation in Hurricane Katrina recovery operations in Mississippi. The Indiana National Guard has an All Hazards Plan that is routinely rehearsed to ensure our response is timely and coordinated with the Incident Command need.