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State has new emergency response tool
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 11:14 AM

The Indiana State Department of Health hosted the last of three trainings statewide to prepare emergency responders on how to set up and utilize the State’s most recently acquired resource for responding to disasters and other emergencies— a mobile hospital unit. The training took place at Decatur High School in Indianapolis. Other trainings have been held in Allen and Ripley counties.

The mobile hospital unit consists of three, 26 ft. trailers, each containing two structures with generators, HVAC systems and basic hospital equipment. The three trailers can be deployed separately or together as one large unit that can accommodate up to 50 patients.

“When a natural disaster strikes, access to medical care is often in desperate need, but short supply due to things like lack of transportation, power outages and hospitals being overwhelmed,” said State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D. “The mobile hospital unit can be deployed to support local healthcare personnel and emergency responders when and where it’s most needed.”

The mobile hospital unit is a multi-purpose structure that can be used as a vaccine clinic, triage site, casualty collection point, volunteer management site, donation management site or to meet a wide variety of other needs. The State Health Department plans to deploy some or all of it when local facilities’ capacity becomes exceeded and they request support. It was purchased through Western Shelter Systems.

“The mobile hospital unit is a much needed resource that will help ensure Hoosiers get the information and care they need during an emergency,” said Lee Christensen, Director of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response at the State Health Department. “These units would have come in handy during the 2008 floods, the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, or following the tornadoes that hit the southern part of the state in 2012. Unfortunately, we know there will be a time when a resource like this will be needed again and we want to be sure they will be utilized to the greatest extent possible.”

In addition to practicing the set up and tear down of the structures, the trainings aimed to strengthen the State Health Department’s relationships with local volunteers, educate volunteers about all other emergency response resources available, and generate interest among the State’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). MRC volunteers are registered through the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers for Indiana.

SERV-IN is an electronic registration system and database of local, regional and statewide volunteer programs who want to assist Indiana’s public health and healthcare systems during an emergency event or disaster. To learn more about SERV-IN, visit https://www.serv-in.org/.

I-74 repair project begins next week
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 11:13 AM

A $1.2 million Indiana Department of Transportation project to repair and patch failing concrete pavement on Interstate 74 between mile markers 143 and 168 is scheduled to begin next week—weather permitting.

Milestone, the state’s contractor, plans to place construction signage Monday, Aug. 4, to identify initial repair sites Tuesday, Aug. 5, then shift traffic to single lanes—both eastbound and westbound—on either side of the I-74 Western Creek bridge, near the 153.6 mile marker, Wednesday, Aug. 6. Prior to establishing the traffic shift east of Batesville, crews will set barrier walls and strengthen inside shoulder areas.

There will be an 11-foot width restriction at the Western Creek bridge. Trucks with wide loads are being directed around the I-74 restriction via State Road 46 at Exits 149 and 156.

Aurora pool costs hound officials; dog park gazebo proposal floated to board
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Monday, July 28, 2014 4:06 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:07 AM )
CHANDRA L. MATTINGLY/THE JOURNAL-PRESS: From left, Dave Irons and Floyd Walston, members of the Amy Irons Meyer Foundation, watch as fellow member Patrick Meyer explains plans for a gazebo beside the Aurora Dog Park and other amenities for the area.

What to do with the Aurora City pool resurfaced at the city parks board meeting, tailing discussion of plans for a gazebo next to the dog park.

“Since it made the newspaper, I've had a lot of people stop me and ask about the pool,” said Aurora Mayor

Donnie Hastings, chairing the July meeting in the absence of park board president Mike Peters. “It seems a lot of people support the pool.”

LPD look for K&K robbery suspect
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Monday, July 28, 2014 4:05 PM

Lawrenceburg Police are asking for help finding the suspect in the robbery of K&K Mini Mart, 570 W. Eads Parkway, U.S. 50, Lawrenceburg.

The suspect is a white male about 30 years old wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt. He is also described as having a sleeve tattoo on his left arm with a demon face on the front of the arm and theatre mask on the back.

There was no color on the tattoo. Witnesses also said the suspect did not have facial hair, and was about 6-feet, 1-inch and about 175 pounds.

The robbery happened at about 1 p.m. Friday, July 25, when the man went into the mini-mart and asked for change. When the employee opened the cash register, the man grabbed money from the register and ran.

Police had K-9 units in the area, and LPD was assisted by the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department, Greendale Police and Aurora Police.

Anyone with information about the robbery who may know the suspect or has seen him can call LPD at 1-812-537-2284.

State Rep. says port study includes Dearborn
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Monday, July 28, 2014 4:05 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:19 AM )

Efforts towards a feasibility study on whether a port would survive in Ohio County or Dearborn County are not intended to circumvent the Southeast Indiana Regional Port Authority, Ind. Rep. Randy Frye (R-Indianapolis) told that board Friday, July 18.

Rather, his meeting with Ohio County and some Dearborn County officials and residents Thursday, June 26, was a movement toward something he's been thinking about for the two years since he was elected, he said.

“One of the first things I wanted to do was establish a port here,” he said. The first step is a study of whether a port would survive and where it best would be located, said Frye. Personally, he doesn't care where it would go, anywhere between the Indiana/Ohio state line in Dearborn down to the Ohio/Switzerland county line, he said.