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[IDHS] Winter Storm Morning Update: Wednesday January 8, 2014
Start Date: 1/8/2014Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Date: 1/8/2014End Time: 11:00 AM
Entry Description
Winter Storm Morning Update: Wednesday January 8, 2014

Weather Outlook
Today, temperatures continue to rise, but are not forecasted to go above freezing. Highs will be approaching 30 degrees and finally breaking freezing Thursday afternoon.

Governor Pence’s Executive Order
Governor Michael R. Pence signed an executive order on January 6, that declares a state of disaster emergency for 29 counties affected by the severe winter weather that began on Sunday, January 5. The counties are: Clinton, Delaware, Elkhart, Fulton, Grant, Howard, Jasper, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, LaPorte, Madison, Marshall, Montgomery, Newton, Noble, Porter, Pulaski, Rush, St. Joseph, Starke, Steuben, Sullivan, Tipton, Vermillion, Vigo, Wabash, White, and Whitley.

Local Declarations

The following counties have locally declared a state of disaster emergency: Allen*, Boone, Carroll*, Clay*, Clinton, DeKalb*, Delaware, Elkhart, Fountain*, Fulton, Grant, Henry*, Howard, Jasper, Johnson*, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, LaPorte, Madison, Marshall, Miami*, Montgomery, Morgan*, Newton, Noble, Owen*, Perry*, Porter, Pulaski, Putnam*, Randolph*, Rush, St. Joseph, Starke, Steuben, Sullivan, Tipton, Vermillion, Vigo, Wabash, White, and Whitley.

* Indicates counties that declared a state of disaster emergency after the governor’s executive order. These counties may be added.

Greene and Perry counties have been removed from list. Their previous designation was incorrect.

Travel Advisories (as of 10:30 a.m. ET)
  • Red counties (travel warning): 0
  • Orange counties (travel watch): 56
  • Yellow counties (travel advisory): 23
  • White counties (no restrictions): 13
Even if your county is not designated as “red,” the highest warning on the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) travel advisory map, travel conditions still may not be safe for driving. The IDHS County Travel Status Map can be found here: http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory/.

Drivers are strongly urged to evaluate travel routes. Information on state highways can be found through INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service at http://www.trafficwise.in.gov.

Flights are beginning to depart from Indianapolis International Airport; however a number are still delayed or cancelled. Travelers are advised to check with their airline to see the status of their flights. The following link provides up-to-the-minute information on flight statuses at Indianapolis International Airport: http://www.indianapolisairport.com/flightstatus.aspx.

Shelters
There are 6 shelters currently open. The open shelters have a total occupancy of 123, with a total capacity of 3,458. There are 7 shelters on standby/alert.

State Emergency Operations Center Status
The SEOC remains at an increased activation level, with approximately 20 personnel. Positions in the SEOC include: ESF 1 Transportation (Indiana Department of Transportation), ESF 6 Mass Care (Red Cross), ESF 8 Health (Indiana State Department of Health), ESF 12 Energy (Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission), ESF 13 Law Enforcement (Indiana State Police), ESF 15 External Affairs (Indiana Department of Homeland Security), and Indiana National Guard. IDHS is staffing logistics, planning, fiscal, and administration positions.

Agencies’ Operations
INNG: Indiana National Guard has 22 Highway Assistance Teams (HAT) and 224 guardsmen deployed. HAT teams assist local law enforcement, emergency medical services, and public safety professionals in life saving operations. Teams have transported individuals to shelters and dialysis clinics, rescued stranded motorists and law enforcement, and performed route recon to help authorities determine safe travel routes. As of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, INNG has assisted 39 stranded motorists, 30 law enforcement agencies, transported 43 citizens, performed 31 route recons, and conducted 26 presence patrols. Teams are beginning life safety patrols on state roads and US highways in Districts 1 through 8. Counties in each district can be found on the following map: http://www.in.gov/dhs/2797.htm.

ISP: Indiana State Police is patrolling roads, assisting with individuals who may have trouble travelling or who are stranded. ISP is also responding to slide offs and jackknifed semis.

INDOT: The Indiana Department of Transportation has 473 yellow plow trucks statewide clearing and treating the interstates, U.S. highways and state routes. Hoosier Helpers sponsored by State Farm in the Indianapolis, Northwest Indiana and Louisville urban areas are operating around-the-clock to assist stranded motorist during the dangerous cold temperatures.

The exit ramp is closed to the rest area on I-65 at mile marker 148, and S.R. 235 is closed between County Road 460 W and Mill Street in Jackson County due to high water.

Increased travel and warmer temperatures will make it easier for salt and other anti-icing chemicals to lower the temperature at which the snow and ice melt.

BOAH: The Indiana Board of Animal PETS Trailer has completed its efforts to support Hamilton County. Animal Control requested the trailer to support sheltering efforts that were being relocated to the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. The PETS Trailer, acquired by BOAH as a state resource in 2010, will provide additional hard-line resources (such as crates and water bowls) for up to 75 small animals.

DNR: The Indiana Department of Natural Resources officers have responded to more than 100 slide-offs and several accidents, mostly in northern and west central counties. They patrolled mainly by truck and occasionally snowmobile. In one instance, an officer delivered medicine to a person’s home by use of snowmobile.

IDHS
: Indiana Department of Homeland Security is the coordinating agency for this incident, providing logistics, planning, fiscal, administrative, and leadership positions in the SEOC. IDHS also has field staff across the state who are assisting local agencies.

Deaths
At least six deaths related to snow or cold weather have been confirmed. Other deaths and their relation to the storm are being evaluated.

Power Outages

There are currently 7,048 power outages statewide, down from a peak of 71,162. The majority of the power outages are in the Indianapolis and South Central Indiana areas.

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317-238-1784 or jic@jic.in.gov.
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