Former Gov. Mitch Daniels' Newsroom

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Phone: 317/233-8852

For Immediate Release: Sep 19, 2005
Operation Hoosier Relief daily update - day 17
Operation Hoosier Relief

Operation Hoosier Relief

Daily Update – Day 17

September 19, 2005


Mission Assignments:


  • The second deployment at Camp Indiana is fully operational.


  • Members of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and National Guard deployments participated in the rededication of a historic Civil War-era cemetery.  Team members cleared the cemetery of storm debris, replaced grave markers, and even recovered historic artifacts.


  • DNR continued marine patrols and recovery efforts along local waterways.


  • 20 Indiana State Police officers continued patrolling Biloxi.  The team handled more than a dozen incidents including curfew violations and traffic stops, among other things.


  • Medical teams treated approximately 1,000 patients and administered over 225 inoculations.  The teams also continued door-to-door medical visits to people not able to visit a medical clinic.


  • The Eli Lilly logistical support team began coordinating supply shipments between the Harrison County Emergency Operations Center and Gulfport Hospital.


  • Hoosier Helper crews covered 320 miles and assisted 32 motorists.


Evacuee Assistance:


  • Indiana is currently home to an estimated 4,200 evacuees.


  • By the end of today, approximately 17 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.


Volunteer Efforts:


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