Former Gov. Mitch Daniels' Newsroom

Contact: Marc Lotter
Phone: 317/233-8852

For Immediate Release: Sep 20, 2005
Operation Hoosier Relief daily update - day 18
Operation Hoosier Relief

Operation Hoosier Relief

Daily Update – Day 18

September 20, 2005


Mission Assignments:


  • The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is closely monitoring the progress of Tropical Storm Rita and has developed a plan to evacuate Camp Indiana should the storm pose a threat to the area.


  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources continues patrolling remote tributaries and providing assistance.  DNR also provided assistance with an entertainment barge that was blown by the storm into a grassy area.


  • The Indiana State Police performed law enforcement patrols in the beach area of Biloxi.  ISP responded a number of incidents including drug activity, theft, and curfew violations.


  • Medical teams treated over 1,100 patients and dispensed approximately 250 inoculations.  The medical team is also working with the American Red Cross to establish a tetanus shot clinic.


  • Since “Operation Hoosier Relief” began just over three weeks ago, Indiana mental health professionals have made contact with more than 3,000 people in the Biloxi area.


  • Hoosier Helper crews patrolled over 350 miles and made 35 stops to provide assistance and investigate abandoned vehicles.


Evacuee Assistance:


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


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


  • It is the expectation of the American Red Cross that all guests currently at the shelter at the Indiana State Fairgrounds will be moved to long-term housing by the end of the day tomorrow.  


  • 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.