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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
630 AM EST Mon Nov 14 2016

This week is Indiana Winter Weather Preparedness Week.

The outlook for winter indicates the potential for above normal
precipitation for much of Indiana and equal chances for above or
below normal temperatures.

Every winter carries the threat for a blizzard, major ice storm,
extreme cold, extreme flooding, and even tornadoes. Thus, it is
important to always be prepared.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Red Cross stress
having your disaster plans and emergency preparedness kits ready as
your best way to stay safe from winter weather. Your primary concerns
are loss of heat, power or a lack of supplies.

At home or work, have at least a three day supply of food 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 any other supplies you
may need in case you cannot leave home for a few days.

Have an alternate heating source, like a fireplace, wood stove, space
heater, 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
operating instructions. If your home requires heating fuel or
propane, ensure you have plenty of fuel in case your supplier cannot
reach you during a winter storm. Make sure your fire extinguishers
and smoke alarms are working properly.

On the farm, move your animals to sheltered areas, ensuring they
have ample food and a water source that will not freeze. Most animal
deaths in winter are from dehydration.

In vehicles, items to carry should include blankets or extra
clothing for warmth; a first aid kit, flashlight, and booster
cables; a shovel and non-clumping cat litter sand to create tire
traction if your vehicle gets stuck; bottled water and protein bars
for nourishment. You may wish to carry paper products for sanitary
purposes; water proof matches, a metal can and candle, for heat and
light.

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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