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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
630 AM EST Thu Nov 16 2017

This week is Indiana Winter Weather Preparedness Week.

The outlook for winter indicates the potential for a above normal
precipitation for 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 adequate medicine, first aid, and 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 manufacturer`s
operating instructions. If your home requires heating fuel or
propane, ensure you have plenty of fuel in case your supplier can
not reach you during or after 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 Friday we will discuss outdoor winter weather safety.

Visit for more information about winter safety.

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