Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Indianapolis, IN

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
630 AM EST MON NOV 17 2014

THIS WEEK IS INDIANA WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK.

THE OUTLOOK FOR THIS WINTER CALLS FOR NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND
BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS INDIANA. EVERY WINTER CARRIES THE
THREAT FOR A BLIZZARD...MAJOR ICE STORM...EXTREME COLD...EXTREME
FLOODING AND EVEN TORNADOES...THUS IT IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT TO BE
PREPARED FOR ALL POSSIBILITIES.

THE INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE RED CROSS
DEMONSTRATE THAT THE BEST WAY TO STAY SAFE FROM WINTER WEATHER IS TO
HAVE A DISASTER PLAN AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS KIT READILY
AVAILABLE. PRIMARY CONCERNS ARE LOSS OF HEAT, POWER AND LACK OF
SUPPLIES.

AT HOME OR WORK...HAVE EXTRA FOOD STOCKED THAT REQUIRES NO
REFRIGERATION OR COOKING IN CASE OF POWER FAILURE. HAVE AN EMERGENCY
WATER SUPPLY IN CASE WATER PIPES FREEZE. HAVE EXTRA BATTERIES
AVAILABLE FOR FLASHLIGHTS...RADIOS...SMOKE ALARMS AND CELL PHONES.
HAVE EXTRA MEDICINE...FIRST AID...AND BABY SUPPLIES IN CASE YOU ARE
UNABLE TO LEAVE HOME FOR A FEW DAYS.

HAVE AN ALTERNATE HEATING SOURCE /FIREPLACE...WOOD STOVE...SPACE
HEATER...ETC./ OR WARM BLANKETS AVAILABLE IN CASE YOUR PRIMARY
HEATING SOURCE FAILS. HAVE A PROFESSIONAL CHECK ALL HEATING SOURCES
FOR CORRECT OPERATION AND VENTILATION AND FOLLOW ALL MANUFACTURERS
INSTRUCTIONS WHEN OPERATING. IF YOUR HOME REQUIRES HEATING FUEL OR
PROPANE...ENSURE YOU HAVE PLENTY OF FUEL IN CASE YOUR SUPPLIER CAN
NOT REACH YOU DURING A WINTER STORM. MAKE SURE YOUR FIRE
EXTINGUISHERS AND SMOKE ALARMS ARE WORKING PROPERLY. FOR MORE
INFORMATION ABOUT USING ALTERNATIVE HEATING SOURCES SAFELY...VISIT
GETPREPARED.IN.GOV.

ON THE FARM...MOVE YOUR ANIMALS TO SHELTERED AREAS...HAUL EXTRA
FEED TO FEEDING AREAS...AND HAVE WATER AVAILABLE. MOST ANIMAL
DEATHS IN WINTER ARE FROM DEHYDRATION.

IN VEHICLES...ITEMS TO CARRY SHOULD INCLUDE BLANKETS OR EXTRA
CLOTHING. A FIRST AID KIT...A FLASHLIGHT...KITTY LITTER...A SMALL
SHOVEL...BOOSTER CABLES...AND CANDY BARS ARE GOOD KIT ITEMS AS WELL.
YOU MAY WISH TO CARRY PAPER PRODUCTS FOR SANITARY PURPOSES...A SMALL
CAN AND WATER PROOF MATCHES TO MELT SNOW FOR DRINKING WATER.

HEED WEATHER FORECASTS AND TAKE ACTION WHEN THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE ISSUES A WATCH...WARNING OR ADVISORY. LET/S BE A
WEATHER-READY NATION. ON TUESDAY WE WILL DISCUSS WINTER WEATHER
TRAVEL SAFETY.

VISIT GETPREPARED.IN.GOV FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WINTER SAFETY.

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