Indiana military members are set to head to Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma to prepare for emergency assistance.
The Indiana National Guard announced Friday Governor Eric Holcomb authorized the Indiana National Guard to mobilize and deploy to Florida over the weekend. This includes the 38th Infantry Division, based out of Indianapolis, and a team from the 181st Intelligence Wing, based out of Terre Haute. When in Florida, they will work with local, state and federal authorities to assist with life-saving and life-sustaining efforts in Florida.
"The National Guard stands trained and prepared to assist authorities protect lives and property," said Maj. Gen. Courtney P. Carr, the Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard. "This is a core competency of this organization and we focus on being ready when called."
The announcement comes after about 80 personnel from the 38th was called to assist in managing the flow of personnel and resources into and out of Hurricane Harvey impacted areas. The Governor's Office said that group is set to return home over the next couple of days.