Parking lots of gas stations, grocery, and hardware stores in Muncie were more populated than usual, this (Mon.) evening as the area is under a Winter Storm Warning. Just before snow started to fall around 6 p.m., four gas stations on the city’s northwest side had lines of motorists waiting to fill up their cars. Steady lines of cars and shoppers, resembling post-Thanksgiving Day holiday shopping, were noticed outside of Marsh and Wal-Mart, Lowes hardware and Rural King. Typical of purchases were essentials, including batteries and lanterns. One Muncie battery store clerk said his store had one lantern left, and had only boxes of D-size flashlight batteries remaining, and those were dwindling.
(IPR / shs)
Following talks with members of the military and the state’s 92 emergency management directors, Governor Mitch Daniels and Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman have decided the state’s business will continue on Tuesday, even as a severe winter storm blows into Indiana. Skillman says some National Guard troops will be deployed in anticipation of Hoosiers needing help. Daniels says what concerns him most is that many forecasts include heavy ice accumulation.
Daniels on Winter Storm
Daniels says he’ll monitor the weather on a day-to-day basis, but currently has no plans to shut down the Statehouse or any state agency.
Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Stan Jastrzebski reports from the Statehouse.
Students in Indiana schools could soon be working more from iPadS and less from textbooks under terms of a bill passed out of the House Education Committee today. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Stan Jastrzebski reports.
Jastrzebski — Textbooks
A large winter storm is heading towards Indiana … and will drop ice and snow onto the state.
The National Weather Service says a foot of snow could fall on places like Kokomo and Lafayette. In other areas like Muncie and Anderson, N-W-S predicts an inch of ice could coat the region. Jason Puma, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says Hoosiers should be prepared for long power outages if the area is coated with ice.
Puma on Power Outages
A January 2005 ice storm produced a half-inch of ice, which downed trees and power lines and left central Indiana residents without power for days. In Muncie, the Star Press reports that residents are preparing by buying out all available flashlights and batteries. The paper says that Small Engine Warehouse also sold more than two hundred generators today. In Anderson, city spokeswoman Tammy Bowman says city officials will meet early tomorrow morning at Anderson Police Department’s Emergency Operations Center. She says Anderson Municipal Light and Power has added chains to its vehicle tires and called in extra dispatchers for tomorrow. Red Cross will set up area emergency shelters if the power does go out.
Indiana Public Broadcasting contributed to this report.
This week’s incoming winter storm, with the threat of an inch of ice accumulation, brings memories of the 2005 ice storm in Muncie and Delaware county to mind. Many locations six years ago were without electricity for up to a week. That experience, common sense advice from authorities, and wise tips from listeners have been gathered, here, for your consideration as we prepare for winter weather this week:
- Have food that does not require power to prepare.
- Finish any laundry today (Tues.) that you need over the next few days.
- Have water supplies if you are on a well that requires electricity.
- Have prescription medications in good supply.
- Have a stocked up first-aid kit.
- Have ample batteries for lights and radio.
- Check smoke alarm batteries.
- Have cell phones charged.
- Have your car filled up: gasoline and washer fluid.
- Have cans of de-icer spray to help thaw ice from car windows and locks. Such de-icer is available at most auto and hardware stores.
- If you have a generator, give it a test and get it ready. Operate it outdoors or in a well-ventilated enclosure, outdoors. Follow electrical safety rules to the smallest detail.
- Operate portable combustion heaters only in well-ventilated areas.
- Don’t force travel. Stay home when authorities request.
- Don’t drive over downed power lines – they might be energized.
- Keep a good-sized bag of plain, clay, cat litter in your car. Clay cat litter is great for getting traction on ice should you find yourself stuck.
During the Storm (advice from health-care professionals)
- Check on older-adult friends.
- If you are an older adult, let a neighborhood teenager do the shoveling.
- Dress in layers … cover head, feet, and hands, too – especially children.
- Sip some hot decaf tea or hot water with lemon – always soothing. Make a thermos or two, today (Tues.)
- Avoid alcohol.
- Make sure outdoor pets have shelter and fresh water.
SUPER TIME-SAVER: Call ahead to stores to see if they have such supplies as batteries, lanterns and de-icer (both the spray kind for car windows, and the solid kind for steps and sidewalks.) Merchants tell IPR News these supplies and other winter goods have flown off the shelves. One major, northside, merchant told us he put his last two cases of car de-icer on a sale table this (Tues.) morning, only to sell out about an hour later.
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The Indiana House Ways and Means Committee wraps up budget hearings with state agencies next week. The panel then begins the process of writing a new budget for the next two years, based on Governor Mitch Daniels’ proposal. Under Republican control of the House, there are many new members of the committee. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Mike Loizzo talks with one them – Republican Randy Truitt of West Lafayette – about writing a new spending plan.
Loizzo — Truitt Interview
Indiana Congressman Mike Pence told a classroom of Muncie high school students today that his aspirations lie with the state of Indiana, not the national stage. IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports.
Wiechmann — Pence at Muncie Central HS
An Anderson Community Schools bus slid off the road in rural Madison County this morning while taking students to school. The bus was on County Road 150 South when it began to slide between 200 East and 300 East roads. The Herald Bulletin reports that the driver of the bus was taken to a local hospital and that no students appeared to be injured. Anderson Municipal Light & Power says a light pole was damaged in the crash.
Network Indiana contributed to this report.
Indiana’s Senate Democrats want to tackle job creation. The minority party is requesting the Commerce and Economic Development Committee hear four bills they call the “Real Idea, Real Jobs” package. Senate Democratic Leader Vi Simpson says the goal is to particularly spark jobs for small businesses.
One of the measures calls for a new employee tax credit that would extend to businesses that hire even one employee.
The credit currently is given only to those with at least ten new workers. Simpson also is asking Governor Mitch Daniels to lift a moratorium on state infrastructure and university construction projects using public funds.
(From Sam Klemet, IPBS)
Indiana is in the top five among states for the highest levels of mercury pollution.
The study from the group Environment America uses U-S E-P-A data, which found more than 134-thousand pounds of mercury were emitted from power plants across the country.
The total mercury pollution produced in Indiana during 2009 totaled six-thousand-46 pounds.
NIPSCO’s (nips-kohz) R-M Schahfer Generating Station in northern Jasper County was 62nd on the list for emitting the heavy metal.
Three coal-fired power plants in southwestern Indiana released more mercury.
(From Sam Klemet, IPBS)