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.