Weather Assessment Friday 7/20/2018

Update 1: Please see the attached update to today’s severe weather assessment. The biggest change is the upgrade to a Moderate Risk for southern Indiana and the expansion of the Enhanced Risk for the rest of the state. Damaging winds, large hail, flooding, tornadoes, and frequent lightning are all possible hazards today. The Madison County EMA Warning Division will continue to maintain awareness and provide updates as warranted.


Weather Assessment 7:00 AM . Severe weather is a definite possibility today with a Southerly flow of warm moist air into the area this morning and an approaching cold front later in the day. Storms Prediction Center (NWS) has Madison County in an Enhanced region for severe storms with a Moderate region at the S part of IN. Gusting winds along with large hail and tornadoes are all possible with these storms. IA had several tornadoes yesterday afternoon from this system. Timing is difficult to have confidence in with NWS saying anywhere from 1-10 pm. Best chance is for some rain and storms this morning and then a dry period followed by the main event this afternoon. Looks probable for a squall line to form to our NW in the 1-3 pm time frame. This is definitely a system to be aware of during the day. Storm spotters may be needed this afternoon. Models seem to indicate that the system may weaken as it approaches the E part of the state but there is still a considerable divergence in various models. With the County Fair at Alexandria, we will need to be particularly concerned for the activities there. Anyone at the fair should have a plan where to seek shelter in the event of severe weather while you are there. Remember you can text MADISONCOEMA to 888-777 to receive free weather alerts on your phone from Madison County EMA and the NWS.

Project Lifesaver Training

Electronic Search Specialists Lew Baker and Doug Rose from Madison County Emergency Management & Department of Homeland Security speak with Kerry Kane at Maplewood Cemetery during training on Sunday of the Project Lifesaver system.

Project Lifesaver is a nationwide safety program for residents with disorders that make them susceptible to unsafe wandering away from their caregivers. Most times, that involves children and adults living with autism, Alzheimer’s or Downs Syndrome. Madison County rejoined Project Lifesaver International in January of this year under the leadership of the Sheriffs Department. EMA, local fire and police departments, and Community Hospital Anderson Foundation formed an effective partnership to make the program available for these vulnerable populations.

In Sunday’s training exercise, Kane, a Nurse Practitioner with specialized experience in elder care, played the role of a person living with Alzheimer’s who walked away from caregivers while visiting a local pharmacy. Using the unique radio frequency each Project Lifesaver client is assigned and wears on their body, Baker and Rose used specially designed receiver equipment and located her sitting among monuments in Anderson’s Maplewood Cemetery. The search was successfully accomplished with her being found in just over 30 minutes from time it began and within a mile from where she was last seen at the pharmacy.

To qualify for Project Lifesaver Madison County, clients must be residents of the county, have a medically certified condition that makes them susceptible to wandering, and require constant caregiver supervision. Thanks to generous support from Community Hospital Anderson, their Foundation, and Children’s Bureau Inc, financial assistance is available to help pay the one-time $300 equipment costs. There is no ongoing expense to be on Project Lifesaver.

Questions about the program or how you can provide financial support can be directed to our Community Policing line at 765-646-9250.

Madison County Cooling Center Information

Madison County Cooling Center Information 
Updated 6/29 10:28 am
Anderson Public Library – Friday & Saturday, 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM, Sunday, 1 PM to 5 PM – 111 E. 12th Street, Anderson
Christian Center – 8 AM – 8 PM, 625 Main Street, Anderson
Seating is available in the dining area.  Cool drinks available and meals will be served during regularly scheduled meal times.
Community Hospital – 12 PM – 8 PM, 1515 N. Madison Avenue, Anderson
Citizens wishing to seek shelter from the heat at Community Hospital Anderson should enter through the Emergency Department entrance and check in with security in the lobby. The security officer will escort people to the designated area.
St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital – 12 PM – 8 PM, 2015 Jackson St., Anderson
Persons needing help from the heat should enter the Main Lobby.
St. Vincent Mercy Hospital – 1331 South A St., Elwood 24 hours a day, 7 days a week their lobby is open to those who need a place to escape the heat.

Tips for Surviving the Heat

Here are some key tips for surviving the heat.  This information was pulled from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).    More information can be obtained at

Stay Cool


Wear Appropriate Clothing: Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

Stay Cool Indoors: Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library—even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area.

  • Keep in mind: Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, they will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off. Use your stove and oven less to maintain a cooler temperature in your home.

Schedule Outdoor Activities Carefully: Try to limit your outdoor activity to when it’s coolest, like morning and evening hours. Rest often in shady areas so that your body has a chance to recover.

Pace Yourself: Cut down on exercise during the heat. If you’re not accustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually. If exertion in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for breath, STOP all activity. Get into a cool area or into the shade, and rest, especially if you become lightheaded, confused, weak, or faint.

Wear Sunscreen: Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool down and can make you dehydrated. If you must go outdoors, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes prior to going out. Continue to reapply it according to the package directions.

  • Tip: Look for sunscreens that say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels- these products work best.

Do Not Leave Children in Cars: Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked open. While anyone left in a parked car is at risk, children are especially at risk of getting a heat stroke or dying. When traveling with children, remember to do the following:

  • Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
  • To remind yourself that a child is in the car, keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. When the child is buckled in, place the stuffed animal in the front with the driver.
  • When leaving your car, check to be sure everyone is out of the car. Do not overlook any children who have fallen asleep in the car.

Avoid Hot and Heavy Meals: They add heat to your body!

Photo of athlete drinking water.

Stay Hydrated

Drink Plenty of Fluids: Drink more fluids, regardless of how active you are. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.

  • Warning: If your doctor limits the amount you drink or has you on water pills, ask how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
  • Stay away from very sugary or alcoholic drinks—these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.

Replace Salt and Minerals: Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body that need to be replaced. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.

  • If you are on a low-salt diet, have diabetes, high blood pressure, or other chronic conditions, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage or taking salt tablets.

Keep Your Pets Hydrated: Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets, and leave the water in a shady area.

girl playing with water

Stay Informed

Check for Updates: Check your local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips and to learn about any cooling shelters in your area.

Know the Signs: Learn the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and how to treat them.

Use a Buddy System: When working in the heat, monitor the condition of your co-workers and have someone do the same for you. Heat-induced illness can cause a person to become confused or lose consciousness. If you are 65 years of age or older, have a friend or relative call to check on you twice a day during a heat wave. If you know someone in this age group, check on them at least twice a day.

Monitor Those at High Risk: Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others:

  • Infants and young children
  • People 65 years of age or older
  • People who are overweight
  • People who overexert during work or exercise
  • People who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, such as for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation

Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.

Madison County opens cooling centers

Due to the unseasonably hot weather forecast today (Monday) and Tuesday, the United Way in coordination with other County Organizations Active in a Disaster (COAD) have opened Cooling Centers.
* TEMPERATURE...Afternoon temperatures in the lower to middle
  90s, with maximum afternoon heat index values around 105

* IMPACTS...The heat will lead to hazardous conditions
  particularly for the elderly, those with preexisting health
  conditions, and pets. Heat exhaustion or heat stroke is
The following centers have verified their participation:
Anderson Public Library – Monday -Thursday, 9:30AM – 8:00PM, Friday & Saturday, 9:30AM – 5:30PM, Sunday, 1 PM to 5 PM – 111 E. 12th Street, Anderson
Lapel Branch Library – Monday – Thursday, 12 PM – 8 PM, 610 Main St., Lapel
Salvation Army – Monday & Tuesday 9 AM – 3Pm.  1615 Meridian Street, Anderson, IN 46016
St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital – 12 PM – 8 PM, 2015 Jackson St., Anderson
Persons needing help from the heat should enter through the emergency room entrance.
St. Vincent Mercy Hospital – 1331 South A St., Elwood 24 hours a day, 7 days a week their lobby is open to those who need a place to escape the heat.
Community Hospital – 1515 N. Madison Avenue, Anderson
Citizens wishing to seek shelter from the heat at Community Hospital Anderson should enter through the Emergency Department entrance and check in with security in the lobby. The security officer will escort people to the designated area.
Christian Center – 625 N Main Street, Anderson
FYI – Cooling Center vs. Emergency Shelter
A cooling center is a drop-in area for residents to visit during hot temperatures.  No registration is required.  Typically, only seating is available.  An emergency shelter provides a temporary living space for an individual in need of emergency housing.  Registration is required.  Typically, sleeping areas and meals are provided.

High Heat Advisory


The combination of temperatures in the mid 90s and high humidity 
will result in heat index values 100 degrees or more through 6 pm and 90 degrees or more through 9 pm. The heat index will also exceed 100 degrees Monday afternoon. 
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. Temperatures inside a vehicle can be significantly higher than outside, even with windows open. Make sure not to leave children or animals in the vehicle as they can be quickly overcome by the heat.

Building your Disaster Preparedness Kit One Item per Week


Have you ever wanted to build a disaster preparedness kit but after paying your bills, feeding your family and covering day to day expenses, there is just very little left over and no way possible you could buy an entire disaster preparedness kit. Even if you could buy a kit, what needs to be put in your disaster preparedness kit?   Well, Mr. B Ready has put together a simple plan to build a disaster preparedness kit 1 piece at a time, and 1 week at a time. Will this kit protect you tomorrow? Certainly not, but we have prioritized the items that belong in the kit and after a period of time, you will have the basic necessities covered in your kit.

Note: Always be sure to write the date on water, food, batteries etc when they are purchased. After your 1st year of building the kit, you will simply be rotating stock that expires going forward. This kit does not include medication that should be the first thing you set aside in your kit.

Week 1 – Purchase a plastic crate for storage

Week 2 – 1 Large Claw Hammer

Week 3 – Duct Tape (4 rolls)

Week 4 – Adjustable Wrench 12″

Week 5 – Flashlight and batteries

Week 6 – 2 gallons of water

Week 7 – 1 plastic jar of Peanut Butter

Week 8 – Protein Bars, Fruit Bars or Dry Cereal / Granola

Week 9 – Fire extinguisher

Week 10 – 1 Can Opener and 1 large box of matches

Week 11 – Canned vegetables (4 cans)

Week 12 – Battery powered radio / Batteries

Week 13 – First Aid kit or supplies

Week 14 – Blankets (1 per every 2 persons in the family)

Week 15 – 2 gallons of water

Week 16 – $25.00 cash in an envelope

Week 17 – Purchase a 2nd plastic crate for storage

Week 18 – Cellular phone charging cord

Week 19 – 1 plastic jar of peanut butter

Week 20 – Box of large plastic trash bags

Week 21 – Mosquito repellant

Week 22 – 2 gallons of water

Week 23 – Additional $25.00 cash in the envelope

Week 24 – Dust masks 2 per person in family

Week 25 – 2 packages of moist sanitation towelettes

Week 26 – 1 bottle of rubbing alcohol or peroxide

Week 27 – Additional first aid supplies

Week 28 – Large package of plastic zip ties

Week 29 – 2 gallons of water

Week 30 – 1 plastic jar of peanut butter

Week 31 – Canned vegetables (4 cans)

Week 32 – More batteries for the flashlight and radio

Week 33 – Another flashlight (make sure to get a flashlight that takes the same size batteries as the one purchased during week 5)

Week 34 – Box of large plastic trash bags

Week 35 – Hard helmet (protective bump cap)

Week 36 – Rain Ponchos (1 for each person in the family)

Week 37 – 1 large plastic tarp

Week 38 – 1 pair of thermal socks for each person in the family

Week 39 – Protein Bars, Fruit Bars or Dry Cereal / Granola

Week 40 – 1 – 5 gallon bucket

Week 41 – 4 rolls of paper towels

Week 42 – 4 rolls of toilet paper

Week 43 – 2 bottles of Hand sanitizers

Week 44 – 1 package of bars of soap

Week 45 – 2 boxes of drier sheets

Week 46 – 1 large plastic tarp

Week 47 – Canned vegetables (4 cans)

Week 48 – 2 gallons of water

Week 49 – More batteries to match the size you need for radio and flashlights

Week 50 – Box of long burning candles

Week 51 – 2 boxes of fire starter blocks

Week 52 – Congratulations, purchase anything you would like to add to your disaster Preparedness kit.

United Way offers Disaster Volunteer Reception Center Training

Kim Rogers-Hatfield
Vice President of Engagement
United Way of Madison County
P. O. Box 1200, Anderson, IN 46015
United Way offers Disaster Volunteer Reception Center Training
MADISON COUNTY- On Thursday, May 24 at 6:30-8:30 pm, United Way of Madison County is seeking volunteers to learn how to set up and run a Disaster Volunteer Reception Center.
When a disaster strikes our community, good people will volunteer.  However, trained volunteers are necessary to help deploy them where they are needed the most.  A disaster could happen to our community at any time. Madison County needs trained volunteers ready to provide assistance such as a Volunteer Reception Center, known as a VRC, in case of a large disaster. VRC volunteers work registration, logistics, and phones to help keep volunteer recovery efforts organized and the most efficient.
This one-night training will be held on Thursday, May 24, 6:30-8:30 pm at the Aletheia Fellowship & Ministry Center, 2505 Faith Drive, Anderson.  Register online in advance at  Contact Kim at 765-608-3067 or for more details.
United Way of Madison County is currently the lead organization for the Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) for Madison County.
ABOUT UNITED WAY OF MADISON COUNTY: United Way of Madison County is improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of community by focusing on the building blocks to a good life: Education, Income and Health. Governed by an 18 member volunteer board of directors, United Way of Madison County has been a member in good standing of United Way of America since 1973. For more information, contact 765-643-7493 or visit our Website at


Kim Rogers-Hatfield, CVA

Vice President of Engagement
United Way of Madison County