Pence activates National Guard highway assistance teams

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INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 5, 2014) – Gov. Mike Pence has made the Indiana National Guard available to help as the winter storm takes hold.

Pence directed the Indiana National Guard to stage Highway Assistance Teams in response to the snow and bitterly cold temperatures.

The Guard deployed 24 teams across the state to help with emergency and rescue operations. Each team consists of four individuals and two vehicles. The teams will help rescue stranded drivers, move Hoosiers to shelters and give assistance to local EMS in reaching people who need medical attention.

Armories deploying the assistance teams include Lebanon, Johnson County, Shelbyville, Indianapolis, Richmond, Brazil, Columbus, Seymour, Scottsburg, New Albany and Terre Haute.

The governor’s office will monitor the storm and allot additional resources as needed.

In addition, the Salvation Army will offer warming centers starting Monday in Indianapolis for anyone needing shelter from the extreme cold. Each center will offer hot drinks, water, snacks and basic meal options like sandwiches.

The warming centers will be open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the following locations:

  • The Salvation Army Fountain Square Community Center – 1337 Shelby Street
  • The Salvation Army Center City Corps – 234 E. Michigan Street
  • The Salvation Army Eagle Creek Community Center – 4400 N. High School Road

If Marion County Emergency Management requests a 24 hour shelter, The Salvation Army Eagle Creek Community Center will be able serve in that capacity.