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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
630 AM EST Fri Nov 17 2017

This week is Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana. The best
way for you to stay safe and warm outdoors is for you to be prepared.

Monitor weather forecasts. The National Weather Service issues
Outlooks on storm potential days before it arrives. National Weather
Service Winter Weather Watches give up to two days notice of
impending storms. National Weather Service Winter Weather Warnings
or Advisories give up to 24 hours notice of significant weather soon
to impact your area.

Dress warmly, wearing several layers of clothes which is warmer
than a single thick layer. Wear gloves, a hat and scarf or
turtleneck to minimize exposed skin.

Try to stay dry. Footwear and clothing that can keep you dry can
prevent hypothermia. Clothing that insulates well or removes body
perspiration also reduces your chance of developing frostbite or

If you are caught outside away from shelter, your main concerns are
to stay warm and dry. Prepare a lean-to or snow cave to help
protect you from precipitation and wind. Build a fire for heat and
to attract attention.

For your vehicle, have it winterized. Good tires improve steering
ability and shorten braking distance on slippery roads. If your
vehicle has anti-lock brakes, test them so you know how they work in
emergency stops. Frequently check window washer fluid levels
throughout the winter so you don`t run out when you need it most.

Preventative maintenance for vehicles can reduce the chances of
encountering car trouble. Vehicle maintenance should include:

Checking tire pressure and tread depth;

Checking the battery, ensuring it is not too old and that the
battery terminal connections are tight and free of corrosion;

Checking the antifreeze, ensuring a proper fluid level and a
50/50 antifreeze-water mix best for winter`s frigid temperatures;

Checking to ensure the heater and defroster are working well;

Checking windshield wipers, using new wiper blades each year
and ensuring adequate wiper fluid levels prior to long trips;

Keeping an emergency kit in the vehicle that includes at a minimum
a flashlight, jumper cables, tool kit, food/water,

The best way to stay safe is to have a plan, to know your limits,
and to use common sense. Be weather-ready.

On Saturday we will review the items covered this week.

Visit for more information about winter safety.

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