INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) is urging residents in southwestern Indiana to prepare for flooding conditions as additional storms are expected to sweep across the state this week.
"It is imperative that residents take these threats seriously and heed the advice of local public safety officials," IDHS Executive Director Joe Wainscott said. "IDHS is in constant contact with local emergency management, National Weather Service and other officials. We will continue working closely together to help provide citizens with the most accurate and up-to-date information possible. What we need is the attention of the public and citizens' willingness to evacuate, if necessary."
Residents in Daviess, Gibson, Knox and Posey counties, and others in areas likely to experience flooding are advised to be prepared to evacuate.
Officials are urging residents to stay informed about developing conditions, stay alert to developing weather and emergency situations with an all hazards alert radio or by tuning to local radio and television stations.
In addition, officials urge residents to elevate items in the home if families are in an area that floods frequently.
They stress that residents be prepared to evacuate and:
* Plan ahead of time where to go and how to get there,
* Take immediate action if advised to evacuate,
* If possible, avoid arriving empty handed at a shelter. Bring food, water and any other personal items, and
* If there is time, turn off utilities at the main switches or valves before evacuating the home. Disconnect electrical appliances but do not touch electrical equipment if wet, the appliance is wet or there is standing water.
For more information about preparing for a flood, log on to www.GetPrepared.in.gov.