Hoosiers With Task Force One Headed to Florida to Assist With Michael Relief

INDIANAPOLIS -- Just weeks after helping in the North and South Carolina after Hurricane Florence, a team with Indiana Task Force One is headed south to help after Hurricane Michael hits.

"We are deploying a 16-member water rescue team to the Florida area. We don't have a specific location that they're going to be heading to," says Michael Pruitt with Indiana Task Force One.

Pruitt, who is also a captain with the Wayne Township Fire Department in Indianapolis, says he won't be going with the water rescue team, but will go if more help is needed.

"If additional resources are needed, based on what the after effects of the hurricane, our team stands ready to send more resources if those requests are made," says Pruitt.

Members of Indiana Task Force One are made up of police officers, firefighters and medics from around the state. In September, 86 members of Indiana Task Force one were sent to the Carolinas to help those affected by Hurricane Florence.

As of Tuesday morning, Hurricane Michael was a Category 2 storm expected to hit the Florida Panhandle area on Wednesday, and then move across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday.