Area Hoosiers Deployed to Florida for Hurricane Michael Relief
Wednesday Nov 14, 2018 9:33am
A team of emergency responders from Indiana deployed to Florida Tuesday to help with ongoing recovery operations related to Hurricane Michael, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) announced.
The seven-person All Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT) deployed to Bay County, Fla., Tuesday (Nov. 13) and will return on Saturday, Nov. 24. The Indiana team will manage a long-term shelter for residents in Bay County and work with non-governmental organizations, state and local agencies. Hurricane Michael first made landfall on Oct. 10.
The team includes personnel from Decatur Township Fire Department, DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency, Franciscan Health Munster, Fort Wayne Fire Department, Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency, Porter County Health Department and Terre Haute Fire Department.
Indiana first responders and emergency management professionals frequently work with colleagues in other states following major disasters to share resources and expertise. Requests for mutual aid come through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), a mutual aid agreement between all 50 states. Most recently, Indiana sent teams to respond to Hurricane Florence in 2018, Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.