Former Gov. Mitch Daniels' Newsroom

Contact: Marc Lotter
Phone: 317/233-8852

For Immediate Release: Sep 16, 2005
Operation Hoosier Relief daily update - day 14
Operation Hoosier Relief

Operation Hoosier Relief

Daily Update – Day 14

September 16, 2005


Mission Assignments:

  • The team at Camp Indiana began briefing the newly arrived deployment today.  The first deployment will return to Indiana over the weekend.


  • Indiana State Police officers rode along with officers from the Biloxi Police Department overnight. ISP and Biloxi PD reported 22 curfew violations, one arrest for possession of cocaine, three arrests for possession of marijuana, four arrests for illegal possession of prescription drugs, one driving under the influence arrest, plus two public intoxications.


  • Hoosier Helper crews patrolled 467 miles of highway and assisted 25 motorists, including the Las Vegas Police Chief.


§         The first deployment of more than 180 people through Operation Hoosier Relief treated over 3,000 patients, gave 1,200 inoculations, cut over 1,500 trees, and performed countless hours of security and rescue patrols during their two weeks in Mississippi.


Evacuee Assistance:

  • Indiana is currently home to an estimated 4,000 evacuees.


  • By the end of today, approximately 20 guests will remain at the Red Cross Shelter at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.  


  • Indiana is encouraging all evacuees residing in Indiana to call the following toll-free number to register with the state and make themselves available for state assistance – 866-679-4631.


State Government Action:

  • The Indiana Gaming Commission reports an additional nine displaced Gulf Coast casino workers have been transferred to positions at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond.  A total of 23 displaced casino employees have now been accepted for temporary work at Indiana casinos.


  • Indiana Department of Corrections’ staff donated $5,000 to the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.  Many of the Department's 8,000 employees were involved in fundraising and the donation of needed supplies, including hygiene items and baby supplies.  The donations are being shipped directly to families of displaced staff from Louisiana's DOC.  


Volunteer Efforts:

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact INVOAD online at or at 866-909-4673.