Severe Weather Preparedness Week

This has been a great week for us in the Emergency Management office as we have been able to focus on preparedness with our followers. Preparedness is the key to surviving any storm or disaster event. Here is a recap of our week:

Sunday – Severe Weather Preparedness Kick off
Monday – Before the storm, now is the time to prepare
Tuesday – How will you receive your severe weather alerts?
Wednesday – Knowing the difference between a watch or a warning
Thursday – During the storm, safety tips
Friday – After the storm, how do you survive during recovery
Saturday – Recap of the week

We also hosted a Severe Weather Spotters course, which was free to the community, at Anderson University. Guest speakers from the National Weather Service – Indianapolis educated us on different weather patterns and things to be watching for when severe weather is threatening in our community. Our severe weather spotter training is an annual event, so if you missed this year’s event, please remember to mark your calendar for 2020.

We also tested our Alert and Notification system on Tuesday in conjunction with the NWS – Indianapolis and Indiana Department of Homeland Security Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. During our test, we activated Nixle to provide advance warning to our followers as well as activated our severe weather spotters which are part of EMA’s Amateur Radio Organization (RACES- Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services).

What to do After the Storm

After the storm passes and you have survived the storm, you still have to be alert for other dangers that can cause injury or even death if not handled properly. Depending on the severity of the damage and the population affected, emergency responders will likely be stretched thin and response times will be impacted. After a major storm, we educate the public that emergency response could be 24-72 hours before help arrives. This is why it is so important to have a disaster supply kit for you and your family to survive. We also encourage the public to learn first aid and CPR, contact your local fire department or the American Red Cross for more information.

Here are some important tips to remember After the storm:

 If injured, seek necessary medical care.
 Help others who may be trapped or injured, if it can be done safely.
 Stay out of damaged buildings and any building surrounded by flood water.
 Avoid entering ANY building (home, business, etc.) until local officials indicate it is safe.
 Report broken utility lines to the appropriate authorities.
 Wear sturdy shoes and use extreme caution when entering buildings.
 Use battery powered lanterns or flashlights when examining buildings.
 Watch for loose plaster, drywall and ceilings that could fall.
 Look for fire hazards and beware of possible water, gas or oil leaks.
 Watch out for animals, especially poisonous snakes that may have come into buildings with the

After Returning Home:
 Take pictures of the damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.
 Throw away food that has come into contact with floodwater.
 Pump out flooded basements gradually (about one-third of the water per day) to avoid structural damage.
 Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits and leaching systems as soon as possible.
 Contact the local health department before
making repairs to septic systems.

Be sure to follow Madison County EMA on all of our Social Media outlets for information after the storm.

During the Storm Tips

So far this week we have talked about preparedness tips, ways to receive the watch and warning, the differences of a watch versus warning and now we need to talk about what to do during severe weather. Your actions during a storm could save your life or the life of someone dear to you.

 Postpone or cancel outdoor activities and monitor weather reports on radio, television websites and social media.
 For lightning, shelter inside a building or hardtop vehicle, but do not touch the metal inside.
 Do NOT go near isolated tall trees or any other tall objects, or near downed power lines.
 Do NOT stop at underpasses. Wind speeds increase and can cause serious injuries.
 If tornados are expected while in a vehicle, get out and take shelter in a strong building if possible.
 During tornado warnings, mobile home residents need to evacuate immediately. Shelter in a
building with a strong foundation.
 If caught out in the middle of a body of water, return to shore as soon as possible.
 Basements, inner rooms and storm cellars provide the best protection during a thunderstorm or
tornado. Stay in the center of the room, away from doors and windows.

If you need to evacuate due to the storm, here are some evacuation tips to remember.

 If flooding is possible, evacuate the house and get to higher ground. Know the area and make sure to know alternate escape routes in case one is blocked.
 Take pets, however, shelters may NOT allow pets inside due to sanitary conditions, so plan
 Do NOT try to drive through water. As little as a few inches of moving water can wash most cars
away with the current.
 Do NOT try to cross moving water on foot. As little as a few inches can knock adults off their feet.

During the storm, these are helpful tips which should help everyone stay safe and “weather the storm”

Watch or Warning?

We can teach our followers about being prepared, how to receive severe weather alerts, however if you do not understand the difference between a Watch and Warning, it does us no good to warn you.

Watch – A watch is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrological event may occur in the next 8 hours. A watch means weather conditions MAY deteriorate and develop into severe weather.

Warning – A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent, or likely. A warning means weather conditions pose a threat to life or property.

A WATCH means to be alert for the possibility of changing weather and changing conditions. Be sure you have a means to receive warnings in the event weather conditions deteriorate. During a WATCH time period is a good time to review where you will shelter if necessary and check your disaster supply kit.

A WARNING means severe weather has been spotted in your area and you should take appropriate protective actions immediately. Once a warning is issued, you may have only minutes to take action, immediately stop what you are doing and seek shelter.

The NWS has a website dedicated to the definition of the severe weather types which they provide watches and warnings. NWS Watches and WARNINGS

Important Tips for Severe Weather Preparedness

Before the storm, it is always good to take preparedness actions around your home or business. By taking some simple preventive actions now, you can lessen the impact or damage caused by severe weather. Now is the time to tackle these preparedness tips, BEFORE the threat of storms is imminent. Tom Ecker, Executive Director for Madison County Emergency Management & Department of Homeland Security says “To many times we hear that citizens were not prepared for the storm and it cost them their home, their cars, or worse, their family. It is our job as Emergency Managers to help educate and keep our citizens informed and through our Outreach and Public Information Division we are trying to make a difference.”

Here are some very important Preparedness Tips to follow Before the Storm:

 Keep trees trimmed to prevent limbs from falling onto buildings,
cars or people.
 Contact insurance provider to purchase flood insurance.
 Be aware of flood plains or areas that repetitively flood in the area.
 If in a flood plain, put hot water heaters, electrical panels and
furnaces away from the ground.
 Have basements waterproofed.
 If flooding is possible, try to create a barrier between homes and the water.
 In case of evacuation, make sure that preparedness kits are portable.
 Build a disaster preparedness kit for your family . Disaster Kit – Build it 1 item a week for 52 weeks
 Have a plan at home, work and at school where to shelter in place during a tornado warning. Additional Tornado Shelter Tips

For more information on Severe Weather Preparedness tips, be sure to follow us on social media, and check our website regularly.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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).

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


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/.


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.


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.

Winter Storm 1/19/2019 and 1/20/19 Blog

1/20/19 4:00 PM

Madison County has lowered the travel status to a Travel ADVISORY.

All county main roads and secondary roads have been cleared in the rural unincorporated areas of Madison County. All neighborhoods have been plowed except for 20 they are working on now. Intersections and bridges have been salted and sanded.
Main roads are mostly clear, secondary have some packed snow and can be hazardous especially tonight when snow that has melted re-freezes, however they are all passable with some caution.

Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for Madison County tonight thru 12:00 PM Monday.

* WHAT…Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 20 below zero expected.

* WHERE…Portions of central, east central, north central and west central Indiana.

* WHEN…From 6 PM this evening to noon EST Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.

An orange level Travel Watch has been issued for unincorporated roads in Madison County, effective Saturday evening until further notice. A Travel Watch means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During a “watch” local travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended, and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations. Unincorporated roads are those roads maintained by Madison County, usually roads outside cities and towns.

Strong winds will cause additional traffic hazards. Use extra caution when traveling and if possible stay off the roads so street crews can clear snow from the pavement. Businesses, Churches and other organizations should implement emergency action plans while the county is under a Travel Watch.

1/19/19 12:00 PM

The rain has continued much longer than forecasters anticipated this morning across Madison County north of I-70. Currently trees, power lines, and untreated surfaces are coated with ice throughout all of Madison County. The temperature ranges from 31F in the south to 28F in northern Madison County. We anticipate the rain to change over to all snow by 3:00PM today. The forecast for snow has dropped to 3-5″ for Madison County BUT we have picked up more icing than originally anticipated . The rain is expected to freeze on road surfaces once the snow changes over creating very slick conditions going into tonight.

Madison County is under a TRAVEL ADVISORY for all rural unincorporated roads in the county. We encourage citizens to limit travel and stay home if you do not need to be on the road.


1/18/2019 4:00 PM Update
* WHAT…Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze expected. Locally higher amounts of snow are possible Winds gusting as high as 40 mph. (Some forecasts are still calling for 8-10″ possibly as much as 14″ of snow in isolated areas).

* WHERE…Portions of central, east central, north central and west central Indiana.

* WHEN…From 4 AM Saturday to 4 AM EST Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.


A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible. The latest road conditions for Indiana can be obtained by calling 1 800 2 6 1 7 6 2 3

Here are some important WINTER WEATHER LINKS to other agencies and information
1/18/19 8:00 AM Update

24 hours out from the onset of the winter storm, there is still considerable uncertainty in the amount of snow for the area.

Here is what we are certain about:

-Wind speeds of 18-20 mph with gusts into the low to mid 30’s Saturday and Saturday night before settling to 8-10 mph on Sunday.

-Freezing rain may appear at onset for a while but appears not to be a problem for Madison County.

-The precipitation should begin early Saturday and be over by the early hours Sunday. (Winter Storm Watch expires at 4:00 AM)

-Low temperatures Sunday and Monday morning seem to be moderated some but there is not total agreement. It’s fair to say that both Sunday and Monday morning will be near single digits if not reaching zero. (Windchills will likely push our temps below zero)

The uncertainty involves the snowfall amounts for the County. The NWS has just released a 5” prediction for Madison County, which follows one of the models pretty close. Other models that were pretty accurate last week have 7-9” and one run this morning is showing 12+”.

It seems certain that Madison County will have a significant weather event tomorrow and that preparation is important. The amount of snow that will complicate the situation is still in flux. Warning will update later today should any clearer picture evolve. Indications this morning are that significant icing should not occur.

No is the time citizens should be preparing for this winter weather event. Preparations should include:

– Making sure you have adequate supply of food and water
– Fuel up your vehicle
– Charge portable battery powered devices
– Check flashlights
– Make sure you have adequate medicine
– Bring pets indoors
– Find your shovel and have it ready for after the storm
– Make sure you have jumper cables, blankets, and other cold weather gear in your car.

Be Prepared!

1/17/19 3:00PM
Winter storm watch in effect from late friday night through late saturday night

What: heavy mixed precipitation possible. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze possible. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

Where: portions of central, east central, north central and west central indiana.
When from late friday night through late saturday night.

Additional details travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.

A winter storm watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.


1/17/2019 UPDATE 8:00 AM

The following summarizes our best estimates of what Madison County can expect as this winter storm pushes through:

-8” of snow that is likely to begin by noon on Saturday with the heavy snow ending by late Saturday night to early Sunday morning.

-a strip of freezing rain is likely just to our S which could lessen snow amounts should the track move further N. The ice potential appears to be a tenth or so on the margin of the snow band.

-Steady winds of 20 mph with gusts into the low 30’s is likely from Saturday morning through the early hours Sunday with calmer 9-10 mph winds by daybreak Sunday.

-Temperatures in the upper 20’s during the day Saturday with falling temperatures Saturday night to about 9 F by Sunday daybreak with a high on Sunday of 14 F and a low Monday morning of about -4 F below zero. The good news is that temps should warm to the mid 30’s Tuesday afternoon.

Right now it appears that 12+” of snow is likely to our NE across OH.

Considering the snow amounts that are possible along with the winds, drifting snow is likely in the county making travel very difficult with whiteout conditions possible at times Saturday. Warning will continue to monitor and expect to issue an update Friday morning.


Advisory: Winter Weather Advisory until 10:00AM Thursday

* WHAT…Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of up to one inch and ice accumulations of a light glaze expected.

* WHERE…Portions of central, east central, north central and west central Indiana.

* WHEN…From 4 AM to 10 AM EST Thursday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.



A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for Indiana can be obtained by calling 1 800 2 6 1 7 6 2 3

Winter Weather Information

A significant winter storm this weekend with heavy snow is possible across the midwest including Madison County. In addition to significant winter storm, winds are expected to gust 30-40 MPH while temperatures drop into single digits. It is early in the week, forecasters are still watching the track of the storm which could shift north or south impacting snow and ice totals. At this time, we do believe accumulating snow will arrive mid to late Saturday into Sunday. Now is the time to prepare your vehicle and home for the POSSIBILITY of a major winter storm.

We will keep this page active for winter storm updates this week. We encourage you to bookmark this link for your winter weather authority – Todd PIO

Winter Weather Information

Current Flood Information for Madison County, IN

9/9/2018 9:00 AM – Good morning Madison County. The White River in Anderson is at 12.85′ but the updated crest is now forecast to be tonight at 12:00 AM at 14.2′ which is down considerably from their first forecast. Today we should see light rain this morning expecting an additional .25″ which should not cause any additional flooding. Along White River, continue to be alert as flood waters rise today, but know that it should begin to recede overnight.

Big Duck Creek in Elwood is at 8.13′ which is categorized as minor flooding above 8.0′.

With clear skies, and temps in the 70’s-80’s all week, the ground should dry out before any more rain impacts central Indiana. We will be monitoring Hurricane Florence as it approaches the east coast and could possibly bring wet weather later in the week depending on its path.

9/8/2018 11:00 PM – The NWS has lowered the White River crest to 15.4′ scheduled to occur on 9/10/2018 at 12:00 AM (Monday morning). The river is forecast to remain at this level until 6:00 AM and then begin falling quickly. EMA will continue to monitor rivers and creeks throughout Madison County Sunday and Monday until the threat of flooding has decreased. Residents should continue to be alert and watch for changing conditions, especially in low land areas and areas prone to flooding. There will be no further posts tonight to this page, unless conditions change.

9/8/2018 8:30 PM – The NWS has lowered the anticipated crest of the White River in Anderson to 17.8′ on Monday morning at approximately 6:00 AM. At 17.8′, we still have moderate flooding along White River in low lying residential areas of Anderson and surrounding areas. Motorists are reminded to adhere to road closed signs. Schools should evaluate road closures and road conditions Monday morning for safe transportation of students.

Still looking at periods of heavy rain overnight between 1AM – 6AM with 1.75-2″ of additional rainfall expected.

Winds will be gusting 30-40MPH, along with saturated ground could uproot trees causing power outages. No outages reported in Madison County at this time. However, EMA has been out on 4 or 5 down trees during the past 36 hours, we anticipate further calls over night.

Minimal road closures at this time.
Madison County remains under a Flash Flood Watch until Sunday PM
White River is currently at 10.95′

9/8/2018 2:00 PM – 2000 sand bags have been handed out as of this afternoon. There are still approximately 1,500 bag available at the Highway garage. Highway personnel are on stand by to fill additional bags as the situation warrants.

Minimal road closures at this time.
Madison County remains under a Flash Flood Watch until Sunday PM
White River is currently at 9.9′ and rising crest expected Monday 6:00 AM 18.8 – 19.3′

9/8/2018 12:00 PM – Madison County has received between 2″-3.6″ in the past 24 hours. The heaviest band of rain bringing another 2″ is anticipated overnight and into tomorrow morning. In total, we are anticipating 5″ of rain for the weekend.

Yesterday 9/7/2018, Employees from the Madison County Highway Department filled 3,200 sand bags, which are available to citizens of Madison County for pickup 24 hours a day at the Madison County Highway Garage located on W 8th Street in Anderson. If you are getting concerned about rising water near your home or property, now is the time to take actions to safeguard against flooding. The White River in Anderson is expected to crest at 19.3′ Sunday night into Monday morning. At 19.3′ this is considered major flooding. (This crest is a forecast and is subject to change as rainfall continues.)

At 17.5′ – 18′ along the White River, we will start seeing road closures and flooding of residential areas that are prone to rising water during flooding events. If you reside in flood prone areas, Be Alert and Be Prepared to evacuate or take precautions. This rain event has the potential to be a very dangerous situation in flood prone areas.

9/7/2018 4:00 PM – This post will be updated throughout the weekend with accurate information related to the Flood fight in Madison County. Please consider this page as accurate information and official from the Madison County EMA.

9/7/2018 2:00 PM – Sand Bags are available at the Madison County Highway Department (outside the gate) located on W 8th Street Road in Anderson.

Madison County Highway workers fill sand bags to prepare for flooding.

Here is a link to instructions on proper sandbagging.

Residents should sign up for emergency alerts and text messages available FREE from EMA by texting the word MadisonCoEMA to 888777. Only emergency weather related information is sent via our texting service. (Standard text messaging rates may apply)

9/7/2018 1:30 PM – Current forecast for Madison County is to receive between 4-5″ of rainfall. This could change, stay alert.