IDHS urges Hoosiers to take precautions against bitter cold

Bitter cold moves into the state Wednesday morning, with temperatures near or below zero. Strong wind gusts across the entire state will create dangerous wind chills that can lead to frostbite in 30 minutes or less. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is urging Hoosiers to take precautions against the extreme cold.

Precautions

Hoosiers should limit their exposure by staying indoors. Make trips outside as brief as possible. Wear several layers of loose-fitting clothing, and cover any exposed skin with a hat, scarf, and gloves.

If travel is necessary, make sure the vehicle has an emergency kit that includes an ice scraper, blanket, and flashlight. Try to keep the fuel tank above half full.

Pets

Pet owners should be especially sensitive to their animals limits when outside. Bring pets indoors or ensure they have a warm shelter area with unfrozen water.

Neighbors

Hoosiers are also encouraged to check on family, friends, and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance.

For more winter weather preparedness information, visit GetPrepared.IN.gov.