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Issued by NWS Indianapolis, IN

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
630 AM EST WED NOV 19 2014

THIS WEEK IS WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN INDIANA. TODAY WE
WILL LOOK AT WINTER WEATHER SAFETY FOR SCHOOLS. IS YOUR SCHOOL
WEATHER-READY?

THE INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PLANS PROVIDE FOR AS SAFE AN
ENVIRONMENT AS POSSIBLE FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN. MOST SCHOOL SYSTEMS
HAVE SEVERAL SOURCES FOR WEATHER INFORMATION...INCLUDING NOAA
WEATHER RADIO...LOCAL RADIO AND TELEVISION...AND INTERNET OR PAGING
SERVICES.

SCHOOLS HAVE A PLAN FOR DELAYING...EARLY DISMISSAL OR CANCELLING
SCHOOL BASED ON FORECAST OR OBSERVED WEATHER AND ROAD CONDITIONS.
WEATHER WATCHES USUALLY PROMPT DISCUSSION OF PLANS. ACTUAL
CONDITIONS OR WINTER WEATHER WARNINGS OR WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES
WILL USUALLY PROMPT DELAYS...EARLY CLOSURES OR CANCELLATIONS.
TEMPERATURE...SNOW...FREEZING RAIN OR ROAD CONDITIONS DETERMINE A
SCHOOL/S COURSE OF ACTION.

BEFORE SCHOOL...LOCAL RADIO AND TELEVISION STATIONS CARRY INFORMATION
ON SCHOOL PLANS AS WELL AS PLANS FOR OTHER ORGANIZATIONS. OFTEN
SCHOOL OFFICIALS WILL TEST ROAD CONDITIONS BEFORE MAKING DECISIONS.

MOST SCHOOLS HAVE MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS FOR BUS DRIVERS AND ANNOUNCE
TO TEACHERS AND STUDENTS AT SCHOOL ANY PLANS DIFFERING FROM NORMAL.
SCHOOL OFFICIALS AND BUS DRIVERS ARE IN COMMUNICATION IF WEATHER OR
ROAD CONDITIONS REQUIRE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE OF TRAVEL. SCHOOL
OFFICIALS AND BUS DRIVERS ARE ALSO AWARE OF THE SIGNS OF HYPOTHERMIA
OR FROSTBITE IN CASE CHILDREN HAVE TO WAIT A LONG TIME AT BUS STOPS.
MANY SCHOOLS HAVE AUTOMATED PHONE OR TEXTING ABILITY TO INFORM YOU
OF CHANGES IN SCHOOL OPERATIONS DUE TO ANY HAZARD.

SO MONITORING FORECASTS AND SCHOOL PLANS THROUGH THE MEDIA...SCHOOL
WEB SITES OR SCHOOL PHONE MESSAGE SERVICES WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED ON
SCHOOL PLANS.

DRIVERS ARE ADVISED TO BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS WHEN TRAVELING THROUGH
NEIGHBORHOODS OR NEAR BUS STOPS AND SCHOOLS. FALLING SNOW AND ICE
CAN MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO SEE CHILDREN WALKING TO SCHOOL OR WAITING
FOR THE BUS ESPECIALLY DURING DARK EARLY MORNING HOURS.

ON THURSDAY...WE WILL REVIEW EXPOSURE TO COLD AND WIND CHILL AND HOW
YOU CAN BE PREPARED.

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

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