Preparing for Winter Weather

Preparing for Winter Weather

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Nov. 6 - 12 is Winter Weather Preparedness week in Indiana, which serves to prepare Hoosiers for winter-related hazards in the upcoming months.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) encourages Hoosiers to prepare both a Disaster Kit and a Winter Vehicle Emergency Kit to remain safe in the event of a power outage or travel emergency. For tips on how to prepare for winter emergencies, click here.

Additionally, IDHS recommends Hoosiers remain cognizant of the statewide county travel status map when traveling to and from work, school, medical or other commitments. The map highlights each county in red, orange or yellow when traveling in winter weather is expected to be highly or likely dangerous for commuters. To view the map, click here.

The Indiana Department of Transportation encourages Hoosiers to drive cautiously in winter weather by remembering to:

  • Drive below the posted speed limit with their flashers on;
  • Leave plenty of space between themselves and other vehicles;
  • Refrain from passing snowplows;
  • Allow for more braking time on slick and snowy roads;
  • Take it slow when approaching and crossing intersections, off-ramps and bridges in case of black ice;
  • Share your planned destination, route and expected arrival time with someone; and
  • Keep windows, mirrors, headlights, taillights and brake lights clear of snow and ice.

The Indiana Department of Education reminds parents to ensure their children dress warmly for winter temperatures while waiting at the bus stop or traveling to and from school. For information on appropriate winter clothing, click here.

Lastly, Hoosiers may see their energy bills rise due to keeping their homes warm in the colder temperatures. The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor suggests consumers take steps to reduce their carbon footprint and utility bills. To find out how, click here.

By preparing for winter weather, Hoosiers can better navigate the season and keep themselves, their loved ones and other residents safe.