Severe Weather Preparedness Week Kick-off

This week kicks of Indiana’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week and we want to ensure our followers are prepared at home, work and at school. This week, we will focus on preparedness tips, notification tips, severe weather education, and how to recover after a storm. Every day this week, EMA will post on our website, facebook, twitter and instagram, helpful tips to protect you and your family when severe weather strikes.

Severe weather that includes tornadoes, lightning, flooding, storms, etc., is prevalent during the spring and summer in Indiana. Thunderstorms can produce large hail, flash floods, heavy rain, lightning and strong winds. They can also produce tornadoes which can have wind speeds in excess of 300 mph, be more than a mile wide and cover approximately 50 miles while destroying property. Thunderstorms, flash floods and tornadoes can all appear suddenly with little warning, and may only last a few minutes, but have the strength and power to cause a great amount of damage.

Monday – Preparedness Tips
Tuesday – Ways to receive severe weather watches and warnings
Wednesday – Severe Weather Watch or Warning
Thursday – During the Storm Tips
Friday – After the Storm
Saturday – Recap and Be Prepared

Potential Severe Weather Outbreak Tomorrow (Thursday 3/14/2019)

Severe Weather Possible Thursday

The potential for severe storms tomorrow (Thursday) is appearing more probable for Madison County and surrounding areas. The threat includes the potential for high winds, hail, and a tornado is not out of the question. Some convective thunderstorms are likely as well as high winds with significant gusts (40-50+) due to the strong lower level Jet that is part of this system. Several factors will likely bring more clarity to the possibility in the morning. The Madison County EMA Warning Division will continue to monitor and will issue an update tomorrow morning as the system approaches.

In advance of possible severe weather tomorrow, now is the time to prepare at home, work and school.

1. Make sure everyone knows the plan for severe weather and where they should seek shelter if necessary.
2. Make sure you have at least two methods to receive severe weather alerts.

All Hazard Alert Radio

A) Text MADISONCOEMA to 888-777 to sign up for EMA’s FREE notification system
B) Purchase an All Hazard Weather Alert Radio and receive your alert from NWS
C) Sign up to receive alerts from any of the TV News Services
D) Watch TV News
E) Follow us on our Social Media Pages

High Wind Weather Event Situational Board

Power Outage Summary Grid

Power Line Safety PSA Video
6:00 PM Update

The NWS has extended the Wind Warning until 10 PM tonight.  Even after the High Wind Warning expires, winds are expected to gust more than 30MPH until 5AM Monday.  After dark, motorists should exercise caution when driving due to down trees, utility poles and power lines.

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5:00 PM Update

EMA is currently on their 16th call of the day. Our volunteers are approaching 11:00 hours and still going.
Utility companies in Madison County are reporting about 600 customers without power.

Winds have tapered off some, gusts are still 40-50MPH with sustained winds 25-35MPH.

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12:45 Update

Gusty winds continue and will remain 20-30 MPH sustain with gusts 40-50 MPH the remainder of today. EMA has had 11 calls today to assist with poles, utility lines or trees down blocking roads. Motorists should use caution when driving in central Indiana due to the road hazards.

Approximately 1130 Madison County residents without power at this time. If your power is out, do NOT assume the utility company is aware of the outage. Report your power outage to your power company as soon as possible.

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7:30 AM Update

Currently there are 830 customers without power in Madison County. Power Outage Summary Grid
EMA has had 6 call outs this morning, with 5 of them being directly related to the wind.

Winds are 20-30 MPH with gusts to 45MPH.

Terre Haute, IN recorded a gust of 63 MPH as this front passed thru at approximately 5:30 AM.

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4:00AM Update

Temperature is 54F and it has been steadily increasing all night. That will stop as the front approaches and temps will be falling most of the day into the low 30’s hovering just above freezing.

Winds will be increasing and by 7:30 sustained winds should be near 35 MPH with gusts around 55 MPH.

As you venture out Sunday, use caution when driving. We anticipate tree limbs and in some cases full trees to come down in these winds. If you see tree limbs and trees down, be alert for power lines to be down on or near roads. If you see utility lines down on or near a road, do not get out of your vehicle, stay in your car and report this to 911.

Power lines down in a private yard or business, report this to your local utility company. (See utility outage numbers below).

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Tonight is the time to prepare for the High Wind Weather event on Sunday. By the time we all wake up on Sunday, we will be into the event.

Here are some important steps:

1. Charge your cellular phones overnight
2. Have batteries for flashlights
3. Have bottles of water.
4. Make sure to have food that does not require heating and cooking
5. Prepare extra blankets to keep warm in the event of a power outage
6. Fuel your vehicles now in advance of the storm.

Citizens should be prepared for power outages as a result of the strong winds. Wind gusts of 50-60 MPH combined with the saturated ground could lead to trees, and utility poles falling down causing power outages.

To report power outages:
Anderson Power and Light Outages – (765) 648-6484
Duke Energy Outages – (800) 343-3525
AEP Outage – Report an AEP Outage
Ninestar Energy Outage – (317) 326-3131 Opt 9

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A High Wind WARNING has been issued for Madison County.

225 PM UPDATE: areas along & north of Interstate 70 have been UPGRADED to a High Wind Warning beginning at 4 am Sunday & continuing all day. Peak wind gusts of 55 to 60 mph will be possible. South of I-70, a Wind Advisory will go into effect at 4 AM Sunday. #INwx #indy

IDHS encourages Hoosiers to get involved with Radiation Awareness Week

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security encourages Hoosiers to take the time to learn more about the effects of radiation and its safety implications as part of Radiation Awareness Week.

“Most people are unaware of the fact that there is radiation all around us,” said Kaci Studer, radiation programs director for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) program. “It occurs naturally in our environment, industries, hospitals and even our own homes.”

According to the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), people receive most of their average annual radiation from natural sources in the environment, while approximately 48 percent comes from medical procedures.

Aside from learning about the different sources and types of radiation, Radiation Awareness Week is also an excellent time to become familiar with radiological emergency preparedness.

“Many Hoosiers living in the northwestern counties of Indiana are in the ingestion pathway zone of a nuclear power plant,” Studer said. “That’s why IDHS is always actively maintaining radiological emergency preparedness.”

The ingestion pathway zone is the 50-mile radius around a nuclear power plant where the general public may be at risk of ingesting contaminated food and water during the events of a radiological incident created by the power plant. Indiana is considered part of the emergency preparedness zones for four commercial nuclear power plants, two in Michigan and two in Illinois.

“Although it’s highly unlikely a radiological incident will occur from one of these four power plants, it’s still something the State of Indiana needs to prepare for,” Studer said.

For more information on the REP program at IDHS, visit https://www.in.gov/dhs/3523.htm.

To learn more about the different types of radiation and the impacts it has on human health, visit https://emergency.cdc.gov/radiation/.

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Travel Advisory Issued Sunday Night

Madison County has issued a Travel Advisory for all rural and unincorporated roads in Madison County. Light snow flurries all day combined with freezing temperatures has created very slick road conditions tonight (Sunday). Untreated roads are very slick and hazardous. We expect roads to remain slick over night into tomorrow morning for your commute to work and school . Allow extra time for your commute and be prepared for slick and hazardous roads.

Thursday Severe Weather Threat

An unusual mix of weather is in store for today starting with dense fog, followed by periods of heavy rain along with some moderate chance for damaging winds following by crashing temperatures and chilling winds (20mph with gusts to low 30’s) through tomorrow. SPC has placed Madison County is in a slight region for severe storms with the greatest threat being damaging winds. A tornado can not be completely ruled out but is less probable. The window for greatest threat of severe weather looks to be 11AM – 4PM. Rain fall additions for the county look to be on the order of 1” but models vary some. The risk of flooding continues along with frozen patches of ice Friday morning. Low temps Fri. morning of mid teens rising to 20 or so for a high. The Madison County EMA Warning Division will be monitoring the weather assessment and will provide updates as necessary.

Flood Watch Issued – BE ALERT

A Series of weather systems are expected to bring rain to Central Indiana through Thursday Night. One to three inches of rain will be possible…with locally high amounts. This will likely result in river and stream flooding…as well as flooding in some fields and roads. Areas along and south of I-70 appear to have the best chances higher amounts of rain at this time. The National Weather Service in Indianapolis has issued a

* Flood Watch for portions of central Indiana, east central Indiana, south central Indiana, southeast Indiana, southwest Indiana, and west central Indiana, including the following areas, in central Indiana, Bartholomew, Decatur, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan, Rush, and Shelby. In east central Indiana, Delaware, Henry, and Randolph. In south central Indiana, Brown, Jackson, Lawrence, and Monroe. In southeast Indiana, Jennings. In southwest Indiana, Daviess, Greene, Knox, Martin, and Sullivan. In west central Indiana, Clay, Owen, Putnam, and Vigo.

* From Wednesday evening through late Thursday night

* One to Three inches of rain are expected through Friday morning.

* River Flooding will be likely. Standing water in fields and along some area roads will be possible. This may result in driving difficulties or even possible road closures.

* AFFECTED AREAS: DECATUR … BROWN … RANDOLPH … HENDRICKS … DAVIESS … OWEN … HANCOCK … GREENE … SHELBY … JENNINGS … MADISON … KNOX … DELAWARE … MORGAN … JACKSON … MARTIN … PUTNAM … BARTHOLOMEW … MARION … CLAY … VIGO … HENRY … JOHNSON … SULLIVAN … HAMILTON … MONROE … RUSH … LAWRENCE

Instructions:
A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop. Should a warning be issued…be prepared to turn around and don’t drown. Never drive your vehicle into floodwaters.

Signs of Hypothermia

According to the Mayo Clinic, hypothermia is a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. Normal body temperature is around 98.6 F (37 C). Hypothermia (hi-poe-THUR-me-uh) occurs as your body temperature falls below 95 F (35 C).

When your body temperature drops, your heart, nervous system and other organs can’t work normally. Left untreated, hypothermia can eventually lead to complete failure of your heart and respiratory system and eventually to death.

Hypothermia is often caused by exposure to cold weather or immersion in cold water. Primary treatments for hypothermia are methods to warm the body back to a normal temperature.

Shivering is likely the first thing you’ll notice as the temperature starts to drop because it’s your body’s automatic defense against cold temperature — an attempt to warm itself.

Signs and symptoms of hypothermia include:

– Shivering
– Slurred speech or mumbling
– Slow, shallow breathing
– Weak pulse
– Clumsiness or lack of coordination
– Drowsiness or very low energy
– Confusion or memory loss
– Loss of consciousness
– Bright red, cold skin (in infants)

Someone with hypothermia usually isn’t aware of his or her condition because the symptoms often begin gradually. Also, the confused thinking associated with hypothermia prevents self-awareness. The confused thinking can also lead to risk-taking behavior

Call 911 or your local emergency number if you suspect someone has hypothermia.

While you wait for emergency help to arrive, gently move the person inside if possible. Jarring movements can trigger dangerous irregular heartbeats. Carefully remove his or her wet clothing, replacing it with warm, dry coats or blankets.

Cold Weather Situational Update Blog

School, Organization and Work Closings

Madison County Warming Centers

Adams Markleville Fire Department Cold Weather Prep video

Signs of Hypothermia

2/1/19 3:00 PM

Madison County has lowered our travel status to ADVISORY as of 3:00 PM on 2/1/2019. Even though most of the highly traveled roads are clear, there are still several scattered slick spots, just when you least expect them. Motorists need to slow down and continue to drive as if roads are snowy and slick. Temperatures will remain below freezing all night, and will raise tomorrow morning above freezing about 10:00AM. High temperatures on Saturday will be 41F and on Sunday 55F. Enjoy this nice air.

1/30/2019 Update 6:00 AM

Travel WATCH still in effect.

Madison County Government Center, courts, WorkOne and all other satellite county gov’t offices are closed today 1/30/2019.

Temperatures across Madison County are reading -4 to -8 degrees with gusty winds bringing the wind chill temperature to -20 to -35F. The coldest wind chill is expected this morning around 10AM before things will slowly start to improve. At 10:00 AM, the forecast temperature is -10 below zero with a -42F wind chill. This is dangerously cold temperatures.

CATS buses in Anderson are running today and providing FREE transportation to a warming center in Anderson. If you need assistance from CATS, please call (765) 646-5747 or (765) 644-8312. Again this is in the the City of Anderson.

Outside of Anderson, please call 765-642-0221 if you need assistance with transportation to a warming center. Law enforcement and fire personnel are providing transportation to those in need.

Warming Centers are open across Madison County, IN. Main Street Church of God reports 11 people stayed at the church last night including 3 staff members. LiveRite Fitness center has also opened their doors to citizens who need to shower between 1-3PM for those staying at Main Street COG shelter.

The United States Postal Authority has announced they will suspend mail deliver for Wednesday in many locations, including Madison County areas.

Please check on your neighbors, family members, and friends. Some people may not want to ask for assistance, but these temperatures can be deadly, please let us know if there are individuals who need transportation to a warming center.

Madison County Central Dispatch reports no major incidents last night on 3rd shift, call volume was down and emergency first responders are very grateful for this. Our 1st Responders are on duty ready to respond, but if they can stay indoors or in their patrol cars they very much appreciate the warmth as well.

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…WIND CHILL WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH
THURSDAY AFTERNOON…

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis has issued a Wind
Chill Watch, which is in effect from Tuesday evening through
Thursday afternoon.

* WIND CHILL VALUES…Wind chills of 20 to 40 below zero possible
at times from Tuesday night through Thursday morning.

* OTHER IMPACTS…Frostbite and hypothermia can occur quickly if
precautions are not taken.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Wind Chill Watch means the there is the potential for a
combination of very cold air and strong winds to create
dangerously low wind chill values. Monitor the latest forecasts
and warnings for updates on this situation.