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BE PREPARED

December 26, 2012

Be prepared when traveling during inclement weather....

If travel is necessary during any period of a storm, make sure to have a fully charged and functioning cell phone.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security also recommends carrying blankets, extra water, a small shovel and other items which may be helpful if a driver finds trouble on the road.

If you become stranded:

•Make sure to have at least a quarter tank of gas in the vehicle before leaving. This will help prevent the fuel line from freezing.
•Unless there is shelter immediately accessible, do not leave the car.
•Keep the overhead light on when the engine is running so the car can be seen. Remember to keep the windows cracked.
•Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna for rescuers to see.
•Run the engine for 10 minutes every hour to stay warm. Remember, an idling car uses only one gallon of gas per hour.
•Keep the exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
•If involved in a crash and no one is injured and the involved vehicles are still drivable, move to a safe area to exchange names, vehicle and license plate information, along with driver license number and insurance agent name and phone number with the other driver.
•During severe weather conditions law enforcement will be busy responding to emergency calls and will not be able to take reports of crashes where there is only damage to property.
•Vehicles left abandoned along interstate and state road right-of-ways are subject to immediate removal during inclement weather events.

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