IDHS prepares for cold

Staff Writer

State to Increase Emergency Operations Center Staffing Due to Extreme Cold

Beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) will increase the staffing in the State of Indiana Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to assist local public safety officials with extremely low temperatures.

Planning, operations, and public information positions will be filled by the IDHS.

A total of three additional staff members will assist the Emergency Operations Center manager and IDHS watch officers with situational awareness during severe conditions, and coordinate with local public safety professionals, including emergency management, emergency medical services, firefighters and law enforcement. EOC personnel also will assist with coordination of assets for road clearance and safety, utilities, health, and sheltering needs.

IDHS Urges Hoosiers Take Precautions Against Bitter Cold

Bitter cold moves into the state Wednesday morning, with temperatures near or below zero. Strong wind gusts across the entire state will create dangerous wind chills that can lead to frostbite in 30 minutes or less. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is urging Hoosiers to take precautions against the extreme cold.

Hoosiers should limit their exposure by staying indoors. Make trips outside as brief as possible. Wear several layers of loose-fitting clothing, and cover any exposed skin with a hat, scarf, and gloves.

If travel is necessary, make sure the vehicle has an emergency kit that includes an ice scraper, blanket, and flashlight. Try to keep the fuel tank above half full.

Pet owners should be especially sensitive to their animals limits when outside. Bring pets indoors or ensure they have a warm shelter area with unfrozen water.

Hoosiers are also encouraged to check on family, friends, and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance.

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