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State of Indiana tornado damage and response update for Thursday

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From the Indiana Joint Information Center:

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. Indiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (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 http://www.metrounitedway.org/

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 overnight, restoring power to 400 residents. Utility companies expect to complete electricity repairs by this weekend.

Communications:  Light Squared reports that satellite outages 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:  Disaster Distress Hotline is a national toll-free help line operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Free, confidential and multilingual crisis support service. Available by phone: 1-800-985-5990 and SMS (Text ‘TalkWithUs' to 66746).

Crisis counseling line is toll free: 866-679-4631. Individuals can receive counseling by phone or referrals for services.

Disaster Mental Health Teams:  Mental health professionals from the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addictions with Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) has had 404 contacts. Thirty professionals are providing assistance to those impacted by the storms and have been deployed as follows:

  • Henryville: 22
  • Chelsea: 2
  • Washington County: 2
  • Ripley County: 2
  • One Stop Shop (Sellersburg): 2

Donations:  Indiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (INVOAD) of specific items (no clothing) may still be made at Adventist Community Services, 700 Patrol Road, Charleston, IN. INVOAD reports the following needs for donations at their Charleston warehouse location:

  •   As many tarps as they can get
  •   Laundry soap
  •   Rakes
  •   Shovels
  •   Wheel barrows
  •   Gloves
  •   Stretch wrap (like the kind you use on a pallet, with the handles)
  •   Packing tape (not dispensers)
  •   Boxes (approx. 14x14x14) (30lb min.)
  •   2 electric golf carts (for use in the warehouse because it is an enormous warehouse) 

The warehouse has been established to receive donated building materials (2x4s, drywall, etc.) and power tools.

Local Meetings:

  • Thursday, March 8, 4 p.m.: Public Town Hall meeting with the Clark County Commissioners for Daisy Hill residents at the Daisy Hill United Methodist Church, 22803 Dan Gray Road in Borden.
  • 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 http://indot.carsprogram.org/main.jsf or by calling 800-261-ROAD (7623).

LOCAL SERVICES

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. 


RESPONSE EFFORTS

The Indiana Department of Transportation:  INDOT 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. 

PUBLIC ADVISORIES 

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 dhs.in.gov. 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 http://www.in.gov/dhs/ 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.

For more information about actions before, during and after severe weather and tornados, visit GetPrepared.in.gov.

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