10:24 AM CDT, October 29, 2012
As Hurricane Sandy takes aim on the East Coast and New England, Hoosiers are on the way to help.
Indiana’s emergency response assets include elements with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security District Response Task Forces. On Saturday, Indiana started receiving requests for help with evacuation and emergency response.
Indiana deployed 107 people and 44 vehicles, including 24 ambulances. Hoosier personnel will assist however necessary, though nursing home and hospital evacuations will likely take priority.
“We believe Indiana was one of the first, if not the first, state to respond to the request for aid from the east coast,” said Joe Wainscott, director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. “We are constantly planning, training and preparing our emergency response resources so they can be readily available to assist our citizens in Indiana and others in their time of need.”
As of Monday morning, Indiana has deployed the Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT), two All Hazards Incident Management Teams (AHIMT) and five Emergency Medical Services Teams (or EMS Strike Teams).
One IMAT set off for Maryland and arrived at 10 a.m. Monday. That 15-member team includes public safety profession from Homeland Security, Indiana University, the Indiana Department of Correction, Integrated Public Safety Commission, Indiana Office of Technology, Montgomery County, Lafayette, Indiana State Police and the Family and Social Services Administration.
The state also dispatched an AHIMT to Maryland to help with hurricane response. Another AHIMT has been assigned to New York. The state expects those teams to stay
An All Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT) from District 2 has also been deployed to Maryland to assist in the response. Additionally, District 7 AHIMT is going to New York. The teams will stay until Nov. 11 unless the assignment gets extended.
In addition, five ambulance strike teams are also assisting in the response to Hurricane Sandy. The teams include 27 members and 24 ambulances. Those teams will be based in New Jersey.
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