Indiana teams deploying in response to Hurricane Matthew

Ron Davidson, owner of Exclusively Coastal, an ocean-inspired gift shop in Vero Beach, puts up hurricane shutters in advance of Hurricane Matthew on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (Molly Bartels/The Stuart News via AP)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two Indiana-based emergency response teams are deploying for Hurricane Matthew.

Gov. Mike Pence said Thursday the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is sending a six-person team to Tallahassee, Florida, to help support Florida’s emergency operations center with operations, planning, logistics and incident command. The team will be deployed for two weeks or until demobilized

Pence says Indiana Task Force 1, comprised of central Indiana emergency responders, is sending four hazardous materials specialists and three incident support team members to Marietta, Georgia, and the National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C.

The Category 4 hurricane was expected to scrape nearly the entire length of Florida’s Atlantic coast beginning Thursday evening. From there, forecasters said it would most likely push along the coast of Georgia and South Carolina.

 

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