Ind. response to tornado activity status update


by Press release

Posted on March 8, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Federal Assistance Request
Governor Mitch Daniels today requested federal assistance for Hoosiers devastated by tornadoes and severe storms that affected parts of southern Indiana on February 29 and March 2. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducted joint preliminary damage assessments this week.
Assistance for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities:  The Arc of Indiana, a statewide advocacy group for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), is offering immediate referral services and assistance to families of a loved one with I/DD, who have been impacted by the tornadoes. Families should contact The Arc of Indiana at 317-224-0276.
Child Care at One Stop Shop:  CJ’s Bus will be providing child care for those visiting the One Stop Shop this Saturday (3/10) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The bus will offer a full range of activities to keep children distracted in a safe group environment including, drawing, painting, computer games, sports trivia games, and other crafts.
Building Permits: Clark County is waiving building permit fees, but only in areas affected by the severe weather and tornadoes. Home owners still need to apply and receive a permit before construction can begin, but the permits will be issued at no cost. The fee still applies for home owners using a contractor or work being done outside the affected areas.
Medical Services:
The Red Cross has opened a service center at the Holton Fire Department, located at 40 S. Marion Street, Holten. Health services, caseworkers, and mental health services are available at the service center.
Clark Memorial Medical Center has re-opened.  It is located across the street from the Henryville Fire Station.  First aid and tetanus shots are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A tetanus vaccination clinic will be held Friday (3/9) at the Holton Community Center (5940 Versailles St., Holton, IN) from 3:30 -6:30 p.m.
Donation Distribution Locations: Donated items are being distributed during daylight hours at several locations in the affected areas. Supplies will be distributed at the following locations:
•         Monroe Twp. Fire Department, 315 South Ferguson Street, Henryville
•         Chelsea Church, 6231 S. State Road 62, Lexington, 812-866-5927
•         Chelsea General Store, 5975 S. State Road 62, Lexington, 812-866-3500
•         New Washington Fire Department, 23511 Indiana 62, New Washington, 812-293-3311
•         St. Francis Catholic Church – Henryville
•         Marysville Hardware Store, 10206 Indiana 3, Marysville, 812-293-3777
•         Charlestown High School, 1 Pirate Place, Charlestown, 812-256-3328
•         Mid-America Science (MAS) Park, 821 S. Lake Road South, Scottsburg, 812-752-9521
•         Pekin United Methodist Church, 244 S. Shorts Corner Cornet Road, 812-967-4682
•         Food Bank Daisy Hill United Methodist Church, 812-967-4558
Donations Drop-Off Locations:
Hoosiers wanting to donate items to the affected areas should drop them off at Adventist Community Services, 700 Patrol Road, Charleston, IN.  No clothing is necessary at this time. The following items are needed:
-          Tarps (high priority)
-          Laundry soap
-          Rakes
-          Shovels
-          Wheel barrows
-          Gloves
-          Stretch wrap (with handles, like what is used to wrap pallets)
-          Packing tape (not dispensers)
-          Boxes (approx. 14x14x14) (30lb min.)
-          2 electric golf carts (for use in the warehouse)
The warehouse can also receive donated building materials (2x4s, drywall, etc.) and power tools.
Local Insurance Assistance:
American Family Insurance
Mobile Customer Service Unit
Southwest corner of Hwy 160 and Hwy 31, across from the St. Francis Xavier Church
Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance
New Albany 812-944-8439
Auto Estimating Drive-Ins March 9, 4008 Northside Drive Suite 2 New Albany
State Farm
Mobile Customer Service Unit
St. Francis Xavier Parish, Hwy 31 and Hwy 160, Henryville, IN 47126
Auto Estimating Drive-Ins
Lowes Parking Lot, 1350 Veterans Parkway, Clarksville, IN 47129
Shelter Mutual Insurance Company
7140 Nova Station, 800-743-5837
Property Assessments:
The county assessor is asking residents to go to www.xsoftin.comk/clark to get the 137R form to get a new reassessment of their property. This form can also be found at some of the mobile insurance response centers.
Volunteer Update:
The official Volunteer Reception Center reports, to date, 1,752 people have registered to volunteer. A total of 800 people have been tasked to assist in the affected areas. Individuals and groups are asked not to show up at this time, unless requested. Volunteers will still be needed for weeks, or even months, to come. INVOAD has established a call-in number and a website for those who want to help to register. Volunteers will be called in, as needed, based on skills listed to assist in specific areas. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. Register by calling 502-599-8593 or online at
Those who need assistance should dial 2-1-1.
Power Outages: Approximately 300 Clark County residents are still without power, after a transformer was replaced over night, restoring power to 400 residents. Utility companies expect to complete electricity repairs by this weekend.
Communications:  Light Squared reports that satellite outage continues because of the solar flare issues today.
Debris Removal Update:  Officials with the Clark County Emergency Management Agency report 25 tons of debris were removed on Tuesday and 217 tons (or 143 truck loads) on Wednesday. Today (Thursday) the number of debris-removal crews has been doubled.
Mental Health Services:
Crisis counseling line is toll free: 1-866-679-4631. Individuals can receive counseling by phone or referrals for services.
Mental health professionals from the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addictions with Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) have had 404 contacts. Thirty professionals are providing assistance to those impacted by the storms and have been deployed.
Local Meetings:
•         Tuesday, March 13, 7 p.m.: Community meeting at the Chelsea Church of God, on SR 62.
•         Saturday, March 10 at 12 p.m.:  Holton Community Building, 42 S. Marion St. in Holton (Ripley County)
Debris Disposal: Clark County residents are advised to separate and prepare trash for proper disposal:
•         Household waste (including trash, food, paper, etc.) should be put in trash bags or cans and left at the curb.
•         Construction and demolition waste (such as shingles, treated lumber, glass, etc.) can be taken to the landfill or left on the curb (separated from the household trash)
•         Furniture, carpet, drywall, large plastic toys, or other heavy trash day materials should be put with the construction and demolition debris and taken to the landfill or left at the curb.
•         Appliances, television, household hazardous waste, and household cleaners can be delivered to the receptacles at the Furnish Mini Storage, located at the corner of State Road 31 & Railroad St. or placed curbside, apart from other debris. Clark County Solid Waste Management District (9208 Hwy. 62, Charleston) is also collecting electronics.
•         Vegetative debris should go to Earth First in Sellersburg. 
Boil Water Advisory:  Henryville residents will remain under a BOIL WATER advisory at least through Friday. Water service is fully restored, but the boil advisory still stands until the utility can stabilize the chlorine level to ensure water is safe to drink.
Before using water to drink, cook or brush teeth, citizens should bring the water to a full boil for at least five (5) minutes. The water CAN be used for bathing, cleaning and washing clothes.
Dishes may be washed in a dishwasher if it has a sanitizing cycle. Dishes and utensils may be hand washed by following these steps:
1.      Wash the dishes as you normally would.
2.      As a final step, immerse the dishes for at least one minute in lukewarm water to which a teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water has been added.
3.      Allow the dishes to completely air dry.
Travel Update: 
•    State Road 62 near Friendship at the Ripley/Dearborn County is closed
•    State Road 160 EB (Clark County) west of Henryville at I-65 is open to local traffic only
•    U.S. 31 from S.R. 356 (Scott Co.) to S.R. 403 (Clark Co.) is closed
•    U.S. 31 from SR 356 (at Vienna) to Memphis Road is closed
•    State Road 362 from State Road 3 to State Road 62 closed except to emergency vehicles.
For information on road closures, visit the Indiana Travel Conditions site, which can be found at or by calling 800-261-ROAD (7623).
Curfew: The curfew is still being enforced. The Clark County curfew applies only to areas affected by the tornado. Towns under the 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew include:  Nabb, Henryville and Marysville. Overnight travel is restricted to emergency and public safety personnel.
Internet Services:  Individuals without Internet access are encouraged to contact a friend, family member or neighbor for assistance. Web access may also be available at local libraries, religious institutions, community centers or other public facilities.
Free internet access is also available at the following locations in Henryville:
•         Duracell Power - Hwy 131 south of Ferguson St.
•         The Sprint-Nextel COW (Cellular on Wheels) - parking lot at 301 S. Ferguson Street
•         Verizon Wireless Emergency Communication Center - Hills Auto & Truck Parking lot on SR160 west of U.S. 31.
Meal Services:  Salvation Army is providing meals in the affected area:
•         Bordon (New Providence) – A mobile unit
•         Henryville - Henryville Firehouse and a mobile unit 
•         Marysville – A mobile unit
•         Sellersburg – A food truck is set up at the One Stop Shop in Sellersburg 
Mail Services: The US Postal Service is holding all mail for affected residents in affected communities. Deliveries are still being made to intact homes and businesses. All others may be picked up at the post office. The Henryville Post Office is currently operating without electricity, so no retail (sales) services are available, only pick up.
Tide crews setting up laundry stations
Starting Wednesday at 8 a.m. citizens can bring their laundry to the Tide Loads of Hope truck in Henryville. It is located at the Henryville United Methodist Church at 113 S. Ferguson Rd., Henryville, IN 47126. 
Health and Wellness Resources:
Washington County Health Department, 806 Martinsburg Road, from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 3:30 p.m. 
Henryville: A temporary health clinic to administer tetanus shots and minor first aid has been set up at the Henryville Firehouse. The Clark County Health Department is operating the clinic and administered over 75 tetanus shots on Wednesday.
Scott County Health Dept., 812-752-8455, will be going door-to-door in the Concord Road area, Nabb and Marysville this Saturday to provide tetanus shots to those assisting with cleanup.
Livestock Carcass Disposal: The Standard Fertilizer Company will dispose of dead livestock carcasses without charge.  Call 800-742-9761 or 812-663-8391 for pick-up. 

The Indiana Department of Transportation: is supporting efforts to control traffic flow around affected areas. They are also providing two programmable variable message sign boards to be used at the One-Stop Shop in Sellersburg.
IN Department of Correction:  Four 10-man crews will be working at the Clark County Forrest.
DNR:  The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has 30 people in saw crews at the Clark County Forest.
Federal Emergency Management Agency:  Approximately 25 FEMA personnel have arrived on site and are working with State counterparts to gather damage statistics and estimates, support State response efforts, and provide staffing resources as required.
District Response Task Force (DRTF) 7:  (21 people total):  Has been activated to Henryville to assist with debris management.
Indiana IMAT: (18 persons):  The Indiana Incident Management Assistance Team is coordinating with the Clark County EOC for debris management efforts in the Henryville, Marysville and surrounding Clark County areas.
State Emergency Operations Center: Under the leadership of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), the Indiana Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains activated 24 hours a day to monitor conditions and provide resource support to county emergency agencies in affected areas.
Indiana State Police (ISP):  Twenty-four troopers with the Tactical Intervention Platoon (TIP) from Bloomington and Jasper remain deployed to southern Indiana, primarily in Henryville, Marysville and Pekin, to assist local law enforcement with security.
The Mobile Command Center and high ranking ISP officers remain in Henryville to assist local law enforcement with ongoing security efforts.
Volunteers and Donations: 
The official donation site, which is being operated by the Adventist Community Services, is now at the old US Census Bureau warehouse located at 700 Patrol Road, Charlestown, IN.  Donators should follow the receiving signs to Gate 2.  The donation management phone numbers are 812-287-0090 and 812-287-0026.  The hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 
•    Greatest needs are: money, non-perishable food items, paper products, gloves, heavy duty trash bags, personal hygiene items, baby items, cat food/dog food/kitty litter, yard tools, gas cards, new packages of socks and underwear, tarps, laundry baskets and totes, and towels and first aid supplies. 
•    NOT NEEDED:  Perishable/refrigerated/frozen items, Clothing.  Household items and cleaning items will be needed in the near future. 
Online damage reporting: Individuals who sustained tornado damage are reminded to please report the damage online at This is NOT an application for federal assistance, but information collected though the online form is critical in the state’s evaluation of whether it is appropriate to pursue federal assistance.
Storm Damage Reports:  Hoosiers, who sustained damage caused by severe weather that began Thursday, March 1, are being asked to report damage online by visiting and clicking on “Citizen Damage Reports for March Severe Weather” in the middle of the page under “Topics of the Day.” This is NOT an application for any assistance program, but a way to help local emergency managers to assess storm damage progress.
Tornado survivors and concerned citizens can call 2-1-1 (or 317-926-4357) for help and information regarding the recent severe weather event.
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