Members of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security District 2 All Hazards Incident Management Team have returned from an eight-day deployment to Clark County to aid in tornado disaster relief. The team, comprised of 15 area volunteers representing seven counties, provided incident command for recovery efforts.
The EF4 tornado that ripped through the area destroyed 500 structures and 13 people died. The District 2 team assumed command of the incident and worked closely with volunteers from across the region to restore the affected communities.
All utilities including gas, electricity and water have now been restored. Volunteer crews coordinated by the IDHS District 2 All Hazards Incident Management Team have removed more than one million cubic yards of debris from the disaster areas.
President Barack Obama approved federal funding for individual assistance to the victims. To date, more than 750 FEMA applications have been completed and more than $650,000 in assistance has been provided.
Ron Patrick and Sheri Gaillard from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and Sherry Fagner, Pulaski County Preparedness Coordinator and Environmental Health Specialist, will give a detailed report to the Pulaski County Commissioners during their meeting this morning.