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IN Launching Epic Relief Efforts In Gulf

New Media Producer: Kerry Corum

UPDATE, FRI, 8:30 AM: Indiana is launching the largest relief effort in state history to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. State officials announced the effort at a news conference Thursday at the Statehouse.

About 200 state employees will head to Mississippi on Saturday to assist with relief efforts The group includes 50 National Guardsmen, Indiana State Police officers and workers from the Family and Social Services Administration and the departments of Health, Homeland Security and Natural Resources.

In a separate effort, about 2000 Indiana National Guard troops will be deployed to help with rebuilding efforts in Louisiana and Mississippi. The troops will provide medical support, transportation and security.

Previously: At least 2000 Indiana National Guard troops will be heading south, to help in hurricane relief efforts in Louisiana and Mississippi.

A spokeswoman for the guard says an advance team of 20 soldiers are expected to leave Thursday. Officials are still determining which units will be called up. Additional troops could leave over the next few days. The troops would provide medical support, transportation and security.

Major General Marty Umbarger says that the troops will have to take along water purification equipment.

Source: AP, All Rights Reserved.

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