INDIANAPOLIS (June 18, 2008) - Governor Mitch Daniels today thanked employees of the Indiana State Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for their response efforts to the state's recent storms. About 200 staff members were in Indianapolis today for a statewide meeting and the governor stopped by to speak to them.
"This has been a splendid performance. It's what our citizens ought to expect from their state government in times of trouble," said Daniels.
DHS coordinated activities in the state Emergency Operations Center, which was manned 24 hours a day for more than a week, and directed efforts with other state agencies and local emergency management officials to respond to immediate needs.
"I have been very positively impressed by the way, with DHS in the lead, all agencies in state government have acted as one," said Daniels.
Here are other miscellaneous developments from today related to severe Indiana storms:
Cleaning supplies needed
As the disaster response efforts in Indiana shift to clean-up and recovery, the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI), which is coordinating volunteer and donation efforts with the American Red Cross, is seeking large donations of cleaning and related supplies during this critical state of recovery.
OFBCI is facilitating this process by providing an online link to AidMatrix Network, a national donations management network sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and private sector businesses. AidMatrix Network assists businesses that would like to make large donations. Priority items right now are: cleaning supplies, bulk cases of bleach, trash bags, masks, mops, buckets, heavy-duty leather gloves, Nitrile rubber gloves and other sanitation items.
Business donors can go to http://www.ofbci.in.gov and click on how you can help. Donations also may be made at the drop-off location at Pen Products, 6074 Lakeside Boulevard, near I-465 and 71st Street, in Indianapolis. Donors may call the warehouse at 1-800-736-2550 to schedule donation drop-offs.
In addition, those interested in volunteering may contact the OFBCI at 1-888-335-9490. OFBCI has created a central repository for statewide volunteers and is matching volunteers to opportunities that best meet their skills and resources.
Media contact: Ike Randolph, OFBCI, 317/727-1141
Indiana Department of Revenue
The state Department of Revenue (DOR) is providing immediate relief to individuals and businesses in counties where individual and public assistance has been approved. Among efforts, the deadline for estimated income tax payments and filing of such estimated returns for impacted taxpayers has been extended for 30 days and the deadline to submit withholding and sales taxes for impacted small businesses has been extended for 30 days. DOR representatives are available in DOR district offices and at state disaster assistance centers to help victims obtain copies of records, such as state income tax returns and payment plan coupons. A link to the department notice may be found at: http://www.in.gov/dor/3931.htm
The governor also has directed the department to extend the Indiana Restricted Commercial Drivers License (CDL) for a second 90-day period through September 30. Many agriculture chemical companies use temporary drivers under this form of CDL for farm delivery and services.
One-stop disaster assistance center
An additional one-stop assistance center will open on Thursday in Shelby County. The location is:
2003 S. Miller St.
The site will be open at 9 a.m. on Thursday, then be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed on Sundays.
This is expected to be the final one-stop location established in the affected counties. The state will now have locations in Bicknell, Columbus, Franklin, Indianapolis, Martinsville, Nashville, Shelbyville, Spencer and Terre Haute to help severe weather victims with questions about housing, unemployment insurance, social services and other services. FEMA and Red Cross officials are also located at most of these sites.
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