Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Be Prepared during Cold Weather, Storms

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Be Prepared during Cold Weather, Storms

Article excerpt

Local officials are asking people to prepare for the potentially record-breaking cold expected to chill the area early next week. The Evansville Police Department took to Facebook on Friday to remind people to take extra care of themselves and their pets and to check on neighbors during the cold spell.

"If you must get out in the elements, ensure that you wear ample cold-weather gear and dress in layers," the post said.

Police Capt. Andy Chandler also recommended people stay home during the coldest parts of next week, provided they have some sort of safe heating source.

"Stay inside," said Chandler, who is also interim deputy director of the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Emergency

Management Agency. "That's the simplest and most direct answer: Stay inside and out of the elements."

He also reminded people not to overload electrical outlets or use any heating source indoors that is only designed to be used outside, such as a grill.

Red Cross officials said they will be on standby and prepared to open emergency shelter locations if needed. The first location would probably be set up at the chapter's headquarters on Stockwell Road in Evansville, but officials asked people call the chapter at 812-471-7200 to see if such a shelter was being set up.

The Red Cross advises people to stock a three-day supply of both food and water - a gallon of water per day per person - in preparation. If people do need to drive, police officials reminded drivers to make sure they've kept their vehicle properly maintained, have a full tank of gas and have an emergency kit that includes not only items such as tools and a flashlight, but also nonperishable food items. Authorities also ask people to put blankets or clothing items such as coats and gloves in their cars in case they get stranded.

The Evansville Water & Sewer Utility offered tips to customers about the extreme cold to help prevent pipes bursts. …

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