The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for central Indiana from 1 a.m. Sunday to 1 a.m. on Monday. During this time, snowfall totals are expected to hit six or more inches with drifting being a potential problem due to strong winds. Wind chills are expected to be 30 – 40 degrees below zero!
Here are some tips to keep you safe and warm during the winter storm:
- Although it’s best to stay inside, if you must travel, keep a flashlight, food, water, extra warm clothes in your car and let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll arrive.
- If you become stranded while traveling, don’t send one person out for help. Stay together.
- If you go outside, wear several layers of loose fitting clothing and water resistant garments.
- Bring all pets inside.
- Have a stash of extra blankets and clothes in case the power goes out. Stay in one room to keep all of the heat in one area.
- Have extra supplies including a first aid kit, batteries, matches, candles, water and food.
- Store extra water. One good way to do this is to clean out the bathtub and then fill it with water.
- To prevent pipes from freezing and bursting, turn off the main water supply and open all faucets.
- Be prepared to light the fireplace or even get a backup a generator.
- If the power does go out, never light a coal stove or grill in the house.
- Stay hydrated and get plenty of food.
- If you have an elderly neighbor, check on him/her before the storm has started.
- Relax and have fun. Enjoy spending some time with your family playing games, watching movies and talking.