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Palmetto Mornings is a community-oriented program that thrives on news coming from York County Citizens, non-profits and businesses. Since it seems we are on par for another wicked winter, we’d like to share some tips on how to prepare for the upcoming winter weather. What Are People Saying?"Your technician  just left my house and oh my goodness the carpets look wonderful.
The winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather service is still in effect until Noon today. Follow our 15 winter weather tips below to keep you and your loved ones safe and warm this winter season!
Bolster Your Emergency Kit – Take the time now to add the following items to your emergency kit: rock salt, sand, snow shovels, dry and seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove, heavy clothing, and blankets to keep you warm in case you lose power. Make a Plan – Your family might not be together when disaster strikes, so make a family plan before bad weather arrives. Tune In – During winter, the weather can change rapidly and unexpectedly from simple rain to sleet to snow and back again. Additionally, consider installing good winter tires, especially if you live in an area in which snow can be quite heavy. Prepare Your Home – Ensure that you have ample insulation and that your doors and windows are caulked and weather-stripped so you can keep the heat inside. Stay Dry – Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and causes heat to leave quite quickly.
Know the Signs of Frostbite – If your experience a loss of feeling and white or pale appearances in your fingers, toes, earlobes, and the tip of your nose, you might be experiencing frostbite. Seek Shelter – If your home loses power or heat, seek out a designated public shelter in the extreme cold.
You might also consider reviewing your home insurance policy and your auto insurance policy before the winter weather strikes this year.

Non-Emergency Employees must notify their supervisor of their intent to use unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework (if telework-ready). Telework-Ready Employees who are regularly scheduled to perform telework or who notify their supervisor of their intention to perform unscheduled telework must be prepared to telework for the entire workday, or take unscheduled leave, or a combination of both, for the entire workday in accordance with their agency’s policies and procedures, subject to any applicable collective bargaining requirements.
Emergency Employees. Emergency employees are expected to report to their worksites on time unless otherwise directed by their agencies. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES.
It seems pretty appropriate to be talking about winter weather preparedness since most of us in Northwest Indiana already have to do so.
The added weight of ice and snow, along with winds, may cause limbs to snap and damage property. If gutters are clogged while ice and snow are thawing, water can back up under the roof and eaves, causing water damage inside the house. Do not call city, county or state police to check on road conditions – police agencies across the state want to keep phone lines open for emergency phone calls.
While winter can be a fun time filled with snowball fights, hot cocoa, and sledding, it’s important to remember what to do in case the weather turns dangerous and the temperatures plummet. Establish how you will contact each other and how you will get back together and what you will do in the event of an emergency. Keep updated on the weather by listening to your local news channels or to the NOAA Weather Radio for important information from the National Weather Service so you and your family can stay safe. If this isn’t possible or if you have livestock animals, move them to a sheltered location.
Repair any roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on your home during a storm. If you have to go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, and warm clothing, mittens, a hat, and a scarf to cover your mouth and protect your lungs from the cold.

Text “SHELTER” and your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) so you can find the nearest shelter in your area. Keep yourself dressed in warm, dry, loose-fitting layers of clothing in order to protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia.
Keep abreast of the weather and traffic situations so you won’t be caught by surprise by more winter weather, unstable conditions, or any roads that might be shut down. As a result, the Office of Personnel Management has issued a government operating status alert: federal agencies are open with the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.
BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES… AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING. In fact, this week the region set a record cold temperature – and winter is still one month away! Before installing a wood-burning stove, check with local officials about codes and proper installation techniques. Dial toll-free 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) for updated Indiana travel information, including road conditions, road closures, crashes and other traffic alerts.
Insulate your pipes, get your furnace and chimney inspected and cleaned, and be sure you know how to shut off your water valves in case a pipe bursts.
Keep others informed of your schedule, avoid back roads, and let someone know your destination, route, and your estimated time of arrival. This year that average will likely change since our first snowfall came early – on HALLOWEEN!
The information on this map is updated by county emergency management agencies and reflects, in real time, information that they have reported to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

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