Our un-seasonably warm-weather makes it hard to believe that winter weather is just around the corner... but unfortunately it is, and the time to prepare for winter weather is now.
Allen County residents know that severe winter storms are a possibility each year. Heavy snow fall, freezing rain, ice and dangerously cold temperatures are all possible so taking appropriate steps to prepare for these hazards can help reduce the risk of life-threatening situations and costly damage.
One step that Hoosiers can take to prepare their homes for winter is ridding gutters of debris or leaves before snow and ice accumulate. When gutters are clogged and the ice and snow from winter storms melt, water can back up and flow beneath a roof, causing costly water damage. A way to prevent debris and leaf build-up is to purchase a screen to cover the gutters.
We also recommend removing dead branches from trees surrounding the home. Ice and snow can weigh down branches which can lead to them snapping and damaging property.
Before winter arrives, homeowner insurance policies should be reviewed to ensure that coverage is adequate for the winter weather that occurs in Indiana each year.
Hoosiers should use Winter Weather Preparedness Week to create or maintain a preparedness kit that may be needed during winter storms. Visit the our winter weather section to learn more about winter weather precautions at http://allencounty.us/homeland/winter-weather.
Then throughout the winter, use our Situation Awareness for Travel tab [on the right] for the latest weather and travel conditions information.
Indiana uses a standardized tool for assessing winter weather travel conditions. An advisory is issued when conditions are changing; i.e., ice forming on bridge decks or road surfaces, drifting across roadways, snow beginning to accumulate. A watch is used to communicate hazardous conditions occurring such as accumulating snow with forecast for more, significant icing, some roadways impassable due to drifting or timing of the snow. A warning is only issued when local resources are completely overwhelmed or travel would present a significant threat to the personal safety of our residents. A warning may not be issued without the Allen County Commissioners first declaring a local disaster.