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January 7, 2014

Hoosiers should prepare for dropping temperatures

The Indiana State Police encourage citizens to prepare for falling temperatures. Troopers are in preparation for whatever Mother Nature has in store, according to a Nixle message.

Extra manpower will available as needed to patrol the major roadways to ensure stranded motorists will receive assistance as soon as possible and to respond to other weather related incidents.

Citizens can keep up-to-date with the latest developments by monitoring the ISP on Facebook, Twitter (@indstatepolice) and Nixle (www.nixle.com).

Hoosiers are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel during the winter storm and bitter cold temperatures. They are also urged to avoid calling state, county and local law enforcement dispatch centers for updates on road and weather conditions. To receive the latest road and weather information, tune into radio and TV news stations, call the statewide road and weather line at 800-261-7623 or visit the Indiana Department of Transportation Web site at www.trafficwise.in.gov.

Indiana Department of Homeland Security officials also offer suggestions. Hoosiers can take the time now to develop a plan for a potential power outage. Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission officials recommend citizens look up their electric utility’s outage reporting phone number and add it to their cell phone contact list.

The IDHS recommends every household have an emergency preparedness kit. Essential supplies to gather ahead of time in case utilities are disrupted include:

• 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 the home if power is lost; and

• Special items (baby formula, insulin, medications).

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

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