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Protect Your Plumbing and Appliances during a Winter Power Failure

By Edward J Sheldon / February 1, 2022 / 0 Comments

Indiana winters always present the possibility of ice storms, heavy snow, and windy conditions that can cause power outages. Not only are power outages uncomfortable for people, our home’s plumbing and appliances can be severely damaged by freezing temperatures resulting from the loss of heating. During a power failure or other heating emergency, protect exposed…

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Indiana Winter Road Conditions and Travel Information

By Edward J Sheldon / January 31, 2022 / 0 Comments

Although we haven’t seen much wintry weather yet, it sounds like heavy snow and possibly ice are likely for most of Indiana over the next few days. When traveling during snowy or icy conditions, if you must drive please take your time, and check road conditions before your leave! The following websites provide real-time information…

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Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe During the Holidays

By Edward J Sheldon / December 20, 2021 / 0 Comments

Denise Derrer, BOAH Public Information Director (This article was originally released by the Indiana State Board of Animal Health in 2019.) INDIANAPOLIS (19 November 2019)—The holiday season is filled with special food, decorations and gatherings with relatives and friends. Some of that fun can be dangerous to pets. Each year many pets are rushed to…

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The scoop on snowfall in the North Central US

By Edward J Sheldon / December 17, 2021 / 0 Comments

Monday, December 20, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. ET Are your dreams of a White Christmas likely to come true? What is the snowiest month of the year? How far into spring do you need to keep that snow shovel handy? This webinar will look at past snowfall and winter weather data for the north central…

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National Weather Service Update on Winter Weather Initiatives

By Edward J Sheldon / December 9, 2021 / 0 Comments

Source: National Weather Service Winter Weather Program. Program recorded October 26, 2021. The National Weather Service Winter Weather Program staff highlighted updates to initiatives and watch/warning efforts in regards to winter weather issues during this webinar. This year’s webinar covered many topics, including updates to the Probabilistic Snow pages and graphics, future Impact-Based Warning tags…

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Learn via Online Training about CoCoRaHS and Winter Precipitation Reporting

By Edward J Sheldon / December 7, 2021 / 0 Comments

Source: National Weather Service – Indianapolis Weather Forecast Office CoCoRaHS is an acronym for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.  CoCoRaHS is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow).   By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education,…

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It’s time to winterize your home!

By Edward J Sheldon / November 22, 2021 / 0 Comments

Source: “Winterizing Your Home” PREPnote, available for download at https://extension.purdue.edu/INPREPared/prepnotes/ The Thanksgiving weekend allows most of us a little time to spend with family and friends, watch football, and if you’re adventurous enough, maybe some Black Friday shopping or decorating for Christmas. However, the long weekend is also a great opportunity to prepare ourselves and…

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Winter Weather Preparedness Week 2021 is Nov. 7–13

By Edward J Sheldon / November 10, 2021 / 0 Comments

Source: Indiana Department of Homeland Security Winter Weather Preparedness The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), state partners and emergency personnel work to protect Hoosiers whenever hazardous weather happens across Indiana. Knowing where to find travel information and preparing ahead of time for winter weather is important so all Hoosiers can reduce their risk to…

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National Fire Prevention Week – October 3-9: “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”

By Edward J Sheldon / October 4, 2021 / 0 Comments

Sources: Indiana Department of Homeland Security & National Fire Protection Association This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.” Knowing how to respond to the sounds of different alarms can make the difference between life and death, so remember: Hear a Beep, Get On Your Feet! The Sounds of Fire…

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Purdue releases 2020 Indiana Farm Fatality Summary before National Farm Safety and Health Week

By Edward J Sheldon / September 16, 2021 / 0 Comments

Fall harvest time can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the agricultural industry.  For this reason, September 19-25, 2021 is being recognized as National Farm Safety & Health Week, which has been observed the third week of September since 1944, when President Roosevelt proclaimed the first event.  The…

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