INDIANAPOLIS-With high winds and significant amounts of ice and snow in the forecast for much of central and northern Indiana, State of Indiana officials are warning Hoosiers to prepare now.
The National Weather Service expects snow and ice to begin falling Monday night and continue through Wednesday. High velocity winds, with some significant gusts, are also expected. Residents are advised to stay tuned to local weather sources for conditions in their areas.
“We’re looking at a very powerful storm headed for the heartland, and public safety officials will be working around the clock to be as prepared as possible, but we need all Hoosiers to join in the effort,” said Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) Executive Director Joe Wainscott. “Everyone should take the time we have now before this storm hits to prepare themselves and their families.”
Expected snow and ice may make travel conditions extremely dangerous. All individuals in the path of this storm are strongly encouraged to have alternate plans in case hazardous weather conditions disrupt daily routines.
. Be prepared for flight delays or cancellations.
. If necessary, arrange for alternate child care if schools are delayed or closed.
. Consider alternate transportation methods for high schoolers who usually drive themselves to school.
. Know your employer’s work-from-home policies in case you are unable to commute to your workplace.
“The State Emergency Operations Center will be monitoring the coming storm 24-7,” said Wainscott. “With weather systems like this it’s not uncommon to see widespread power outages lasting for several days. While utility companies will be working as hard as they can to repair any outages, storms of this size and magnitude often make it very difficult to keep up.”
Individuals who rely on electricity to operate at-home oxygen or dialysis machines, or to refrigerate insulin are advised to contact their local emergency management agency as soon as possible to inquire about emergency care plans.
Individuals who rely on transportation to medical facilities for life-sustaining treatment, such as dialysis, should also contact their local emergency management agency for information about emergency transportation plans.
Contact information for all county emergency management agencies is available at http://www.in.gov/dhs/files/sanitized_compact_directory.pdf.
Essential supplies to gather ahead of time in case utilities are disrupted:
. Food and water for three days (includes three (3) gallons of water per person, per day)
. Battery operated all hazards radio
. Extra batteries for radio and flashlight
. Extra clothing, warm blankets, sleeping bags for staying warm in your home if you lose power
. Special items (baby formula, insulin, medications)
Public safety officials are suggesting that Hoosiers consider the option of evacuating to an alternate location or public shelter if they are unable to stay warm in their homes during a power outage. Stay tuned to local radio and television stations for information about shelter locations and availability.