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Flash Flooding Likely May 18-19

May 18, 2020

The National Weather Service has issued Flash Flood Watches for much of Indiana for May 18-19.  Additional predicted rains on top of saturated ground due to weekend storms may cause localized flooding issues, especially over the eastern half of Indiana.

Click the box below to see the NWS update from Monday morning concerning the flooding potential and detailed forecast.  For a variety of educational resources about flooding and flash floods, please visit INPREPared's Spring and Summer Severe Weather page.

Remember - Turn around, don't drown!

Spring & Summer Severe Weather

May 13, 2020

While we are all focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects that disease is having on our lives, please remember we are entering the most dangerous time of year for deadly severe weather!  Thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, and floods threaten every Hoosier each year.

Click the box below to access INPREPared.org's Severe Weather Preparedness Week site.  This page contains many resources, links, and handouts suitable for all audiences about severe spring weather in Indiana. Or, click on our "Disaster Info" tab at this top of the page for additional resources about specific weather emergencies.

While we all continue social distancing and dealing with COVID-19 challenges please keep your eye to the sky for severe weather!

Cloth Face Coverings to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

April 8, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently recommended that people wear a cloth face mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially in areas with heavy community spread of the disease.  However, CDC also requested that N-95 respirators be reserved for use by medical professionals most likely to be exposed to coronavirus.

What type of face covering is appropriate?  CDC just released a fact sheet highlighting various types of masks that can be made at home from commonly available materials such as T-shirts or bandannas.  Visit the INPREPared Coronavirus site for more information, or click the button below to access a printable .pdf instructional handout from CDC.

Addressing PPE Needs in Non-Healthcare Settings

April 23, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused personal protective equipment shortages, especially respirators and eye & face protection, among medical facilities throughout the nation. Major efforts have been made to ensure that front-line healthcare workers have access to necessary PPE to prevent COVID-19 infection.

However, many other industries, including agriculture, rely on the use of PPE to protect workers from job hazards.  FEMA has developed guidance for non-healthcare industries to better address PPE shortages and continue safe operation.  Click the box below for FEMA's newly released Fact Sheet.

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Purdue Ag. Safety and INPREP editorials and articles about COVID-19 and impacts on agriculture and farm families

May 13, 2020

Farm families and agricultural workers (along with the rest of society) face unprecedented challenges during this unusual time. Issues such as coordinating e-learning and child care while trying to manage a busy planting season, concerns about COVID-19 striking employees or farm family members, and obtaining needed personal protective equipment are all topics that may not…

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Purdue releases new “Glossary of AgroSecurity Terms”

May 11, 2020

The staffs of the Purdue University Agricultural Safety & Health program and Indiana PREPared have just released a newly updated “Glossary of Agrosecurity Terms.” This glossary was originally developed by Bill Field, Extension Safety Specialist and Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, for use by students in his agrosecurity class that was established after the…

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Indiana state chemist warns against false COVID-19 protection claims

May 6, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — State and federal regulators are seeing an increase in companies providing false or misleading claims about the effectiveness of disinfectants and the services companies provide to protect against the spread of the coronavirus. The Office of the Indiana State Chemist (OISC) warns consumers to be cautious about those claims and look…

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Training Event: Emergency Communications with Ham Radios

May 1, 2020

*** This webinar was held May 8, 2020. The program was recorded and may be viewed in its entirety at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3oLXmBiRG0 *** Please join IN-PREPared along with Purdue Extension – Martin County CED, Dena Held in welcoming our guest speakers Mr. Jimmy Merry, IN ARRL Section Manager, and Mr. Jim Moehring.  This webinar will focus…

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