Govenor activates National Guard

INDIANAPOLIS - Governor Mike Pence has directed the Indiana National Guard to stage additional Highway Assistance Teams in response to the heavy snow and low temperatures forecasted across the state.

In addition to the 24 Highway Assistance Teams deployed earlier, 24 more teams are being deployed. These additional teams will go to armories in Fort Wayne, Bluffton, Winchester, Muncie, Kokomo, Evansville, Gary, Valparaiso, Plymouth, Elkhart, and Remington. The teams are currently in the staging process, and will be mission-ready by 10:00 p.m. Four teams are going to Ft. Wayne. All other locations will have two teams each.

Highway Assistance Teams assist local agencies with life-saving measures. Tasks include rescuing stranded motorists, moving individuals to shelters, and assisting local emergency medical services in reaching individuals who need medical attention. Teams consist of two vehicles, with two guardsmen in each.

With the extra deployments, 48 Highway Assistance Teams are deployed across the state, consisting of nearly 200 Guardsmen and 96 vehicles.

The state continues to monitor the situation. Resources will be deployed as needed.