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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
630 AM EST THU NOV 20 2014

THIS WEEK IS WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN INDIANA. LET/S DO
OUR PART AS HOOSIERS TO BECOME A WEATHER-READY NATION.

THE WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR INDIANA THIS WINTER FAVORS NEAR NORMAL
TEMPERATURES AND LESS PRECIPITATION THAN NORMAL. EXPECT MILD AND COLD
PERIODS. ALSO SNOW AND RAIN ARE LIKELY AND AN ICE STORM IS POSSIBLE
THOUGH PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO BE BELOW AVERAGE. SNOWFALL COULD
EVEN END UP ABOVE AVERAGE.

WHATEVER WEATHER OCCURS...EVERYONE MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR
OWN SAFETY. HERE ARE TYPICAL WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS IN INDIANA.

IN MID-WINTER ACROSS INDIANA...HIGH TEMPERATURES AVERAGE BETWEEN 25
AND 35 DEGREES WHILE LOWS AVERAGE BETWEEN 15 AND 25. RECORD
TEMPERATURES ARE BELOW ZERO. NORMAL SNOWFALL RANGES FROM 15 INCHES
IN THE SOUTH TO OVER 30 INCHES IN THE NORTH WHILE LOCATIONS NEAR
LAKE MICHIGAN OFTEN SEE MORE THAN 60 INCHES OF SNOW.

YOU CAN EXPECT THE WEATHER TO BE QUITE VARIABLE WITH SOME MILD AND
VERY COLD SPELLS. FREQUENT WEATHER SYSTEMS MAY NOT OCCUR BUT SOME MAY
STILL BRING HEAVY RAIN. MINOR SNOW AND ICE EVENTS ARE LIKELY. A BIG
SNOW STORM...BIG ICE STORM OR MAJOR FLOOD IS ALWAYS A POSSIBILITY.
TORNADOES MAY EVEN OCCUR.

IN ADDITION TO COLD TEMPERATURES BEING THE NORM...WIND CHILL IS
ALMOST ALWAYS PRESENT...AND CAN BE DANGEROUS. WIND CHILL IS THE
TEMPERATURE IT FEELS LIKE OUTSIDE DUE TO THE WIND CARRYING HEAT AWAY
FROM YOUR BODY. AIR TEMPERATURES NEAR ZERO AND WINDS TO 20 MPH CREATE
WIND CHILLS TO 20 BELOW ZERO LEADING TO FROSTBITE IN 30 MINUTES.

EXTREMELY COLD CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A NUMBER OF HEALTH AND SAFETY
CONCERNS INCLUDING FROSTBITE...HYPOTHERMIA...AND CARBON MONOXIDE
POISONING AND FIRES /OFTEN CAUSED BY ALTERNATE HEATING SOURCES/.
TAKING PREVENTIVE ACTION IS YOUR BEST DEFENSE.

- DRESS IN SEVERAL LAYERS OF LIGHTWEIGHT CLOTHING WHICH KEEPS YOU
WARMER THAN A SINGLE HEAVY COAT.

- MITTENS PROVIDE MORE WARMTH TO YOUR HANDS THAN GLOVES. WEAR A
HAT...PREFERABLY ONE THAT COVERS YOUR EARS. WEAR A SCARF OVER YOUR
MOUTH TO PROTECT YOUR LUNGS.

- WEAR WATERPROOF...INSULATED BOOTS TO KEEP YOUR FEET WARM AND DRY
AND TO MAINTAIN YOUR FOOTING ON ICE AND SNOW.

- TAKE BREAKS AND STAY HYDRATED WHEN SHOVELING SNOW.

- IF YOU PLAN ON USING AN ALTERNATE HEATING SOURCE...NEVER USE A
STOVE OR OVEN TO HEAT YOUR HOME. KEEP A GLASS OR METAL FIRE SCREEN
AROUND THE FIREPLACE AND NEVER LEAVE A FIRE UNATTENDED. IF USING A
SPACE HEATER...FOLLOW THE MANUFACTURERS INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO SAFELY
USE THE HEATER. PLACE IT ON A HARD...NON-FLAMMABLE SURFACE. TURN THE
SPACE HEATER OFF WHEN YOU LEAVE THE ROOM OR GO TO SLEEP. KEEP
CHILDREN AND PETS AWAY FROM YOUR SPACE HEATER AND DO NOT USE IT TO
DRY CLOTHING.

FROSTBITE OCCURS WHEN SKIN FREEZES RESULTING IN NUMBNESS AND A PALE
WHITE APPEARANCE TO THE AFFECTED AREA. SLOWLY RE-WARM THE AFFECTED
SKIN.

HYPOTHERMIA IS IDENTIFIED BY UNCONTROLLABLE SHIVERING...SLURRED
SPEECH...DROWSINESS OR DISORIENTATION. IF MEDICAL CARE IS NOT
AVAILABLE...WARM THE PERSON WITH A BLANKET AND WARM LIQUIDS. DO NOT
TRY TO WARM THE ARMS OR LEGS FIRST...IT DRIVES COLD BLOOD TO THE
HEART AND MAY LEAD TO HEART FAILURE.

ON FRIDAY...WE WILL DISCUSS OUTDOOR SAFETY DURING WINTER AND HOW YOU
CAN BETTER PREPARE YOURSELF TO MINIMIZE YOUR RISK.

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

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