Public Information Statement

November 13th, 2020  / Author: kc9qew

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
630 AM EST Fri Nov 13 2020

This week is Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana. The best way for you to stay safe and warm outdoors is for you to be prepared.

Monitor weather forecasts. The National Weather Service issues Outlooks on storm potential days before it arrives. National Weather Service Winter Weather Watches give up to two days notice of impending storms. National Weather Service Winter Weather Warnings or Advisories give up to 24 hours notice of significant weather soon to impact your area.

Dress warmly, wearing several layers of clothes which is warmer than a single thick layer. Wear gloves, a hat and scarf or
turtleneck to minimize exposed skin.

Try to stay dry. Footwear and clothing that can keep you dry can prevent hypothermia. Clothing that insulates well or removes body perspiration also reduces your chance of developing frostbite or hypothermia.

If you are caught outside away from shelter, your main concerns are to stay warm and dry. Prepare a lean-to or snow cave to help protect you from precipitation and wind. Build a fire for heat and to attract attention.

For your vehicle, have it winterized. Good tires improve steering ability and shorten braking distance on slippery roads. If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes, test them so you know how they work in emergency stops. Frequently check window washer fluid levels throughout the winter so you don’t run out when you need it most.

Preventative maintenance for vehicles can reduce the chances of encountering car trouble. Vehicle maintenance should include:

Checking tire pressure and tread depth;

Checking the battery, ensuring it is not too old and that the battery terminal connections are tight and free of corrosion;

Checking the antifreeze, ensuring a proper fluid level and a 50/50 antifreeze-water mix best for winter’s frigid temperatures;

Checking to ensure the heater and defroster are working well;

Checking windshield wipers, using new wiper blades each year and ensuring adequate wiper fluid levels prior to long trips;

Keeping an emergency kit in the vehicle that includes at a minimum a flashlight, jumper cables, tool kit, food/water,
blankets/clothes;

The best way to stay safe is to have a plan, to know your limits, and to use common sense. Be weather-ready.

On Saturday we will review the items covered this week.

Visit getprepared.in.gov for more information about winter safety.

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Public Information Statement

November 12th, 2020  / Author: kc9qew

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
630 AM EST Thu Nov 12 2020

This week is Indiana Winter Weather Preparedness Week.

The outlook for winter indicates the potential for 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 getprepared.in.gov for more information about winter safety.

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Public Information Statement

November 11th, 2020  / Author: kc9qew

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
630 AM EST Wed Nov 11 2020

This week is Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana.

Today we will look at winter weather safety for schools. Is your school weather-ready?

The Indiana Department of Education plans provide for as safe an environment as possible for school children. Most school systems have several sources for weather information including NOAA weather radio, local radio and television and internet or paging services.

Schools have a plan for delaying, early dismissal or cancelling school, based on forecast or observed weather and road conditions. Weather Watches usually prompt discussion of plans. Actual
conditions or Winter Weather Warnings or Winter Weather Advisories will usually prompt delays, early closures or cancellations. Temperature, snow, freezing rain or road conditions determine a school’s course of action.

Local radio and television stations carry information on school closings or delays, as well as planned closings or delays for other organizations. Often school officials will test road conditions before making decisions.

Most schools have mobile communications for bus drivers, and announce to teachers and students at school, any plans differing from normal. School officials and bus drivers are in communication if weather or road conditions require an alternate route of travel. School officials and bus drivers are also aware of the signs of hypothermia or frostbite in case children have to wait a long time at bus stops. Many schools have automated phone messaging or texting ability to inform you of changes in busing or school activities.

So monitoring weather forecasts and school plans, through the media, or school web sites, phone or text message services, will keep you updated on school plans.

Drivers are advised to be especially cautious when traveling through neighborhoods or near bus stops and schools. Falling snow or dense fog can make it difficult to see children heading to or from school, especially during dark hours before and after school.

On Thursday, we will review having safety plans and how you can be prepared.

Visit getprepared.in.gov for more information about winter safety.

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Public Information Statement

November 10th, 2020  / Author: kc9qew

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
630 AM EST Tue Nov 10 2020

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?

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, expected arrival time, and a phone number to be reached at.

The Indiana State Police reminds drivers the following: 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 necessary when roads are slippery.

The Indiana Department of Transportation reminds you to keep a safe distance behind snow plow operators. 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.

If you are stranded in a snow or ice storm stay with your vehicle as it provides 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 storm may quickly get you lost. Damp clothes and bitter wind chills quickly lead to frostbite or hypothermia.

While stranded with your vehicle, 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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Public Information Statement

November 9th, 2020  / Author: kc9qew

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
630 AM EST Mon Nov 9 2020

This week is Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana.

Let’s do our part as Hoosiers to become a Weather-Ready Nation.

The weather outlook for Indiana this winter favors above normal precipitation and equal chances for near, above or below normal temperatures. Expect mild and cold periods, snow and rain. Ice storms or a blizzard are possible. Snowfall may end up above average.

Whatever weather occurs, everyone must take responsibility for their own safety. Here are typical winter conditions in Indiana.

In mid-winter across Indiana…high temperatures average between 25 and 35 degrees while lows average between 15 and 25 degrees. Record low temperatures are well below zero while record highs are in the 70s. Average winter snowfalls range from 15 inches in the south to over 30 inches in the north with locations near Lake Michigan often receiving more than 60 inches of snow.

Frequent weather systems may occur, perhaps bringing large swings in temperatures as well as potential for large amounts of rain, snow or ice. Minor rain, snow and ice events are more likely. A crippling blizzard, ice storm, major flood or tornado is always a possibility.

In addition to cold temperatures being the norm, wind chill is almost always present, and can be dangerous. Wind chill is the temperature it “feels like” due to the wind carrying heat away from your body. Air temperatures near zero and 20 mph winds create wind chills near 20 below zero leading to frostbite in 30 minutes.

Extremely cold conditions can also cause a number of health and safety concerns including frostbite and hypothermia. Frostbite occurs when skin freezes resulting in numbness and a pale white appearance to the affected area. Slowly re-warm the affected skin. Hypothermia is identified by uncontrollable shivering, slurred speech,
drowsiness or disorientation. If medical care is not available, warm the person with a blanket and warm liquids. Do not try to warm the arms or legs first, it drives cold blood to the heart and may lead to heart failure.

Taking preventive action is your best defense against winter cold: dress in several layers of lightweight clothing which keeps you warmer than a single heavy layer or coat; mittens are warmer than gloves; a hat or scarf minimizes exposed skin; a scarf over your mouth protects your lungs from cold. Waterproof, insulated boots keep your feet dry and warm and can help you maintain your footing on ice and snow. When shoveling snow, take breaks to reduce over-exertion.

For heating sources, never use a stove or oven to heat your home. Fire causes carbon monoxide, a poisonous, colorless, odorless gas often leading to death, and often from these alternate heating sources. Never leave fires in fireplaces unattended. Keep a metal fire screen in front of active fires to keep sparks in and hot glass doors from being touched. If using a space heater, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to safely use it. Ensure the heater is on a hard, non-flammable surface. Turn the space heater off when you leave the room or go to sleep. Keep children and pets away from your space heater to prevent burns and do not use the heater to dry clothing, which if left unattended, could catch fire.

On Tuesday, we will discuss winter weather travel safety.

Visit getprepared.in.gov for more information about winter safety.

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Public Information Statement

November 8th, 2020  / Author: kc9qew

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
630 AM EST Sun Nov 8 2020

Governor Eric Holcomb has proclaimed November 8 through November 14 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana.

The National Weather Service, working with our partners, the State Police, the Indiana Departments of Homeland Security, Transportation and Education, and the Red Cross, will provide information on winter weather safety. Media outlets will continue their important role by carrying messages in newspapers, on the radio and on television.

The key to being safe during hazardous winter weather is
understanding your role in preserving your own safety. This ties to the National Weather Service vision of a Weather-Ready Nation where everyone plans for, prepares for, and responds to hazardous weather. All Hoosiers need to be hazard ready. Winter Weather Preparedness Week reviews safety planning for winter weather hazards.

Knowing winter weather terms and winter weather safety tips can reduce weather related problems. Remember when watches are issued you review your plans. When warnings are issued, you need to take action to remain safe from the dangers winter may bring.

The National Weather Service Indianapolis office will issue daily Public Information Statements that will contain the following information…

Monday…the NWS outlook for this winter, what is normal for winter temperatures and precipitation and preparing for cold.

Tuesday…winter weather travel safety.

Wednesday…winter safety considerations for schools.

Thursday…emergency kits for preparedness.

Friday…outdoor safety during winter.

Saturday…summarizing winter weather points for the week.

Winter weather information will be on NOAA radio broadcasts and on National Weather Service websites.

Visit Getprepared.In.Gov for more information about winter safety.

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Non-Precipitation Message

November 1st, 2020  / Author: kc9qew

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National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
354 PM EST Sun Nov 1 2020

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Including the cities of Delphi, Flora, Williamsport,
West Lebanon, Lafayette, West Lafayette, Frankfort, Kokomo,
Attica, Covington, Veedersburg, Crawfordsville, Lebanon,
Zionsville, Tipton, Fishers, Carmel, Noblesville, Anderson,
Muncie, Winchester, Clinton, Newport, Rockville, Greencastle, Plainfield, Brownsburg, Danville, Indianapolis, Greenfield,
Cumberland, New Castle, Terre Haute, Brazil, and Clay City
354 PM EST Sun Nov 1 2020

…WIND ADVISORY WILL EXPIRE AT 4 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON…

Winds are expected to gradually diminish throughout the rest of the afternoon. Therefore, the wind advisory will be allowed to expire on schedule.

Occasional wind gusts of 35 to 40 mph are still possible until sunset.

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Non-Precipitation Message

November 1st, 2020  / Author: kc9qew

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URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
1058 AM EST Sun Nov 1 2020

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Including the cities of Delphi, Flora, Williamsport,
West Lebanon, Lafayette, West Lafayette, Frankfort, Kokomo,
Attica, Covington, Veedersburg, Crawfordsville, Lebanon,
Zionsville, Tipton, Fishers, Carmel, Noblesville, Anderson,
Muncie, Winchester, Clinton, Newport, Rockville, Greencastle, Plainfield, Brownsburg, Danville, Indianapolis, Greenfield,
Cumberland, New Castle, Terre Haute, Brazil, and Clay City
1058 AM EST Sun Nov 1 2020

…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON…

* WHAT…Northwest winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph expected.

* WHERE…Portions of central, east central, north central and west central Indiana.

* WHEN…Until 4 PM EST this afternoon.

* IMPACTS…Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.

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For more information from the National Weather Service visit https://weather.gov/ind

Special Weather Statement

November 1st, 2020  / Author: kc9qew

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Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
339 AM EST Sun Nov 1 2020

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Including the cities of Delphi, Flora, Williamsport,
West Lebanon, Lafayette, West Lafayette, Frankfort, Kokomo,
Attica, Covington, Veedersburg, Crawfordsville, Lebanon,
Zionsville, Tipton, Fishers, Carmel, Noblesville, Anderson,
Muncie, Winchester, Clinton, Newport, Rockville, Greencastle, Plainfield, Brownsburg, Danville, Indianapolis, Greenfield,
Cumberland, New Castle, Terre Haute, Brazil, Clay City, Spencer, Martinsville, Mooresville, Greenwood, Franklin, Shelbyville, Rushville, Sullivan, Linton, Bloomfield, Bloomington, Nashville, Columbus, Greensburg, Vincennes, Washington, Loogootee, Shoals, Bedford, Mitchell, Seymour, Brownstown, and North Vernon
339 AM EST Sun Nov 1 2020

…WINDY CONDITIONS TODAY…

Strong gusty winds will develop today. Expect winds out of the northwest sustained at 15 to 25 MPH with frequent gusts of 30 to 40 MPH. Isolated higher gusts will be possible, and the strongest winds will be more likely the further north you are.

These winds will cause unsecured outdoor objects and holiday decorations to be blown about, and may cause driving difficulties for high profile vehicles.

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Special Weather Statement

October 31st, 2020  / Author: kc9qew

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Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
431 PM EDT Sat Oct 31 2020

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Including the cities of Delphi, Flora, Williamsport,
West Lebanon, Lafayette, West Lafayette, Frankfort, Kokomo,
Attica, Covington, Veedersburg, Crawfordsville, Lebanon,
Zionsville, Tipton, Fishers, Carmel, Noblesville, Anderson,
Muncie, Winchester, Clinton, Newport, Rockville, Greencastle, Plainfield, Brownsburg, Danville, Indianapolis, Greenfield,
Cumberland, New Castle, Terre Haute, Brazil, Clay City, Spencer, Martinsville, Mooresville, Greenwood, Franklin, Shelbyville, Rushville, Sullivan, Linton, Bloomfield, Bloomington, Nashville, Columbus, Greensburg, Vincennes, Washington, Loogootee, Shoals, Bedford, Mitchell, Seymour, Brownstown, and North Vernon
431 PM EDT Sat Oct 31 2020

…Windy Conditions Expected Sunday…

Behind a strong cold front passing through the area late tonight, strong gusty winds will develop for Sunday. Expect winds out of the northwest sustained at 15 to 25 MPH with frequent gusts of 30 to 40 MPH. Isolated higher gusts will be possible, and the
strongest winds will be more likely the further north you are.

These winds will cause unsecured outdoor objects and holiday decorations to be blown about, and may cause driving difficulties for high profile vehicles.

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