Local emergency responders from two Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Region hospitals joined tornado recovery efforts in southern Indiana March 9 to 15.
Lori Postma, deputy planning section chief for the District 1 Team, is a firefighter with the Lake Township Volunteer Fire Department and serves as medical care branch director for Franciscan Physicians Hospital.
Dustin Godbey, finance administration section chief for the District 1 Team, is a registered nurse with Franciscan St. Anthony Health – Michigan City.
Postma, Godbey and nine others were deployed March 9, following an Incident Management Team alert March 2 to assist in tornado response, relief and recovery efforts in the Henryville area of Clark County.
Primary mission of the District 1 team is to support on-scene incident command posts and serve as a multi-agency coordination center for response, recovery and relief efforts. The Northwest Indiana team worked as a mobile unit, supporting the Clark County emergency-management personnel.
Operation priorities included cleanup, relief for victims and communities, support for the safety and well-being of victims, volunteers and for responders in affected areas, and for management of donations and volunteers.
District 1 includes Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper and Newton counties. Team members are from all areas of public safety, emergency management and response.