Winter Weather Preparedness Week: November 15-21, 2009

Governor Mitch Daniels has proclaimed November 15-21, 2009 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana.

The National Weather Service (NWS) will conduct a winter weather preparedness campaign during the month of November. The purpose of the campaign is to remind Indiana citizens of winter’s hazards, how to stay safe, and to educate everyone about preparedness.

Please read our preparedness newsletter (.pdf) for timely information, including a winter outlook, safety tips, and more!  For local media, a press release (.doc) is also available.  In addition to this, public information statements will be issued each day detailing a different aspect of winter weather preparedness.  The topic for each day will be:

Beyond the NWS, several state government partners, as well as the American Red Cross, are involved in communicating a message of preparedness and safety, no matter what the location or cirumstance.

The American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis has information on their website about disaster preparedness kits and other tips to help you stay safe during dangerous winter weather and other emergencies.

The Indiana Department of Transportation, as part of the "Ice and Snow, Take it Slow" campaign, reminds everyone to drive carefully during winter weather, and to provide snow plows with a safe amount of distance on the highway.

The Indiana Department of Education would like to remind parents to ensure that their children are dressed appropriately and warmly for cold and snowy conditions while waiting at the bus stop or traveling to and from school.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security asks you to remember that, while the National Weather Service, local media, and public officials are here to help you prepare and to keep you informed, ultimately, you are responsible for your safety and that of your loved ones.  Take time to prepare BEFORE hazardous winter weather strikes.  Do not wait until it is too late.

In addition to extreme cold, ice, and snow, the number one weather-related killer can still make a major impact in central Indiana during the winter - flooding!  Melting snow and heavy rain can and often do combine with frozen or soggy ground and a lack of live vegetation to impede runoff to produce major flooding.  One such example occurred during January of 2005.  See the following links for heavy rain and flooding information:

Find the latest winter weather information here.

Photo from the front door of NWS Indianapolis during January 2009 snowstorm
Photo:  The scene from the front door of NWS Indianapolis during the January 2009 snowstorm

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