Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Indianapolis, IN

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
630 AM EST TUE NOV 18 2014

THIS WEEK IS WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN INDIANA. HOW SHOULD
YOU DRIVE WHEN SNOW OCCURS? WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF STRANDED BY A
BLIZZARD OR ICE STORM? ARE YOU WEATHER READY? HERE ARE SOME TIPS.

WHEN WINTER STORM WARNINGS OR WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES ARE ISSUED
CONSIDER CHANGING YOUR PLANS BEFORE YOU LEAVE. IF YOU TRAVEL...
PROVIDE OTHERS YOUR PLANNED TRAVEL ROUTE AND ARRIVAL TIME...AND A
PHONE NUMBER TO BE REACHED AT.

THE INDIANA STATE POLICE REMIND DRIVERS TO ALWAYS OBEY ALL POSTED
SIGNS. ADJUST VEHICLE SPEED ACCORDING TO WEATHER...ROAD AND TRAFFIC
CONDITIONS. ALLOW PLENTY OF SPACE BETWEEN VEHICLES FOR EXTRA
STOPPING DISTANCE.

THE INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION REMINDS YOU TO ALLOW SNOW
PLOW OPERATORS TO DO THEIR JOB. IF SALT IS HITTING YOUR VEHICLE YOU
ARE FOLLOWING TOO CLOSE. AVOID PASSING SNOW PLOWS ON TWO LANE ROADS.
ALSO KEEP IN MIND BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES OFTEN BECOME ICY FIRST.
SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW CAN CAUSE SUDDEN RESTRICTIONS IN VISIBILITY.
REMEMBER...ICE AND SNOW...KEEP IT SLOW.

STRANDED IN A SNOW OR ICE STORM? STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE...IT
PROVIDES YOU DRY SHELTER AND PROTECTION FROM THE COLD AND WIND. YOU
ARE ALSO MORE LIKELY TO BE FOUND WITH YOUR VEHICLE THAN IF YOU LEAVE
IT TO SEEK SHELTER. WALKING EVEN A SHORT DISTANCE IN BLINDING SNOW
MAY QUICKLY GET YOU LOST. DAMP CLOTHES AND BITTER WIND CHILLS
QUICKLY LEAD TO FROSTBITE OR HYPOTHERMIA.

WHILE STRANDED...RUN THE MOTOR AND HEATER JUST ENOUGH TO WARM THE
VEHICLE. KEEP THE EXHAUST PIPE SNOW-FREE AND A WINDOW OPEN
SLIGHTLY TO PREVENT CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING. MAKE YOUR VEHICLE
MORE VISIBLE BY ATTACHING A BRIGHT COLORED CLOTH ON THE ANTENNA.
AT NIGHT...TURN THE DOME LIGHT ON.

ON WEDNESDAY WE WILL LOOK AT WINTER WEATHER SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS
FOR SCHOOLS.

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

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