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SNOW EMERGENCIES/TRAVEL ADVISORIES/PLOWING UPDATES

  • Indiana State Police say you can call 800-261-7623 for Indiana road conditions - but don't call dispatch centers.
  • Map of travel advisories
CLOSINGS, DELAYS, CANCELLATIONS:

  •  The Humane Society of St. Joseph County has postponed their Valentine's Day Party. Check www.humanesocietystjc.org for a rescheduled date
  • Sapa-Elkhart facility will be closed from 5 PM Saturday thru 12 PM Sunday
  • South Bend Symphony's Saturday night performance has been canceled
  • Creekside Church of the Brethren in Elkhart: Sunday Services canceled, spaghetti dinner canceled
  • Lerner Theater in Elkhart: Saturday performances canceled. Call box office for more information
  • Hillcrest United Methodist Church of Elkhart: Sunday services canceled
  • Interurban Trolley and Interurban Trolley ADA: suspending service until Monday, February 16
  • South Side Baptist Church in South Bend: no 8:30 AM service or Sunday School, 10:30 AM service ONLY
  • Debartolo Performing Arts Center: all events after 6 PM on Saturday are canceled
  • Penguin Point locations in Elkhart, Plymouth, Goshen, Warsaw, and Syracuse: Closed Saturday evening
  • Lake Michigan Christian Center in Bridgman, MI: Sunday services canceled
  • Albright United Methodist Church in Mishawaka: Church closed on Sunday
POWER OUTAGES:

Indiana Michigan Power: Report an outage | Power outage map

NIPSCO: Report a power outage 800-464-7726 | Outage map

SAFETY TIPS FROM THE AMERICAN RED CROSS

How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

• Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.

• Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.

• Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.

• If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

Put Together a Supply Kit

Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
Flashlight
Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
Extra batteries
First aid kit
Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
Multi-purpose tool
Sanitation and personal hygiene items
Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
Cell phone with chargers
Family and emergency contact information
Extra cash
Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
Tools/supplies for securing your home
Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves Remaining Safe During a Winter Storm

• Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information on snow storms and blizzards from the National Weather Service (NWS).

• Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas and make sure that their access to food and water is not blocked by snow drifts, ice or other obstacles.

• Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.

• All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.

• Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.

• Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.

• Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.

• Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold.

• Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain or drizzle, snow or dense fog. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.

• Before tackling strenuous tasks in cold temperatures, consider your physical condition, the weather factors and the nature of the task.

• Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.

• Help people who require special assistance such as elderly people living alone, people with disabilities and children.

Caution: Carbon Monoxide Kills

• Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.

• The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire.

• Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.

• If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.

• Call for help from the fresh air location and remain there until emergency personnel arrive to assist you.

Cold-Related Emergencies

Frostbite and hypothermia are two dangerous and potentially life-threatening emergencies. Learn how to care for these emergencies by taking a first aid class.
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