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January 4, 2014

Hoosiers should prepare for arctic blast

INDIANAPOLIS – Another round of significant snowfall could potentially hit central and southern Indiana on Sunday, followed by extremely cold temperatures that will affect the entire state. State agencies are advising Hoosiers to prepare now for the frigid weather.

Have a Plan

Hoosiers can take the time now to develop a plan for a potential power outage. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) recommends citizens look up their electric utility’s outage reporting phone number and add it to their cell phone contact list.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) recommends every household have an emergency preparedness kit. Essential supplies to gather ahead of time in case utilities are disrupted:

Food and water for three days (includes three gallons of water per person, per day)

Battery operated or hand crank all hazards radio

Flashlight

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)

Families should also take the time to check with neighbors and see if there’s anything they can do for each other before, during or after the storm.

Travel

With the potential for additional snow, Hoosiers should carefully consider if travel is necessary. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will continue to monitor forecasts for the storm beginning Saturday night and deploy the needed personnel, equipment and materials ahead of any predicted accumulation. Motorists are encouraged to avoid travel during and after the storm as high winds are expected to reduce visibility for drivers.

Temperatures well below freezing are expected to follow the storm, reducing the effectiveness of road salt in melting the snow and ice. INDOT will be treating the salt with specialty chemicals.

Before heading out, residents should check the Indiana County Travel Advisory Map at http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory/. It’s updated with information from the county emergency management agencies and describes the conditions for a travel warning, watch, advisory and caution.

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