Phone Numbers
Emergencies Only: 911
American Red Cross: 379-9551
Bartholomew County Sheriff: 379-1650
Emergency Management: 379-1680
Columbus Police Department: 376-2600
Indiana State Police: 800-566-6704
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Advisory

The lowest level of local travel advisory, means that routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution or avoid those areas.

Watch

Means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During a "watch" local travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended, and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations.

Warning

The highest level of local travel advisory, means that travel may be restricted to emergency management workers only. During a "warning" local travel advisory, individuals are directed to:

  1. refrain from all travel;
  2. comply with necessary emergency measures;
  3. cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operations plans; and
  4. obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.

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Time Alert
03:42pm
07/20/2016
Hot and Humid Weather This Weekend - Urgent Weather Message
Please note that this information is for a Heat Advisory that begins on Friday.

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URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
253 PM EDT WED JUL 20 2016

...HOT AND VERY HUMID WEATHER EXPECTED THIS WEEKEND...

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CARROLL-WARREN-TIPPECANOE-CLINTON-HOWARD-FOUNTAIN-MONTGOMERY-
BOONE-TIPTON-HAMILTON-MADISON-DELAWARE-RANDOLPH-VERMILLION-PARKE-
PUTNAM-HENDRICKS-MARION-HANCOCK-HENRY-VIGO-CLAY-OWEN-MORGAN-
JOHNSON-SHELBY-RUSH-SULLIVAN-GREENE-MONROE-BROWN-BARTHOLOMEW-
DECATUR-KNOX-DAVIESS-MARTIN-LAWRENCE-JACKSON-JENNINGS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LAFAYETTE...FRANKFORT...KOKOMO...
CRAWFORDSVILLE...ANDERSON...MUNCIE...INDIANAPOLIS...TERRE HAUTE...
SHELBYVILLE...BLOOMINGTON...COLUMBUS...VINCENNES...BEDFORD...
SEYMOUR
253 PM EDT WED JUL 20 2016

...HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM FRIDAY TO 8 PM EDT
SATURDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN INDIANAPOLIS HAS ISSUED A HEAT
ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM FRIDAY TO 8 PM EDT
SATURDAY.

* TEMPERATURE...HIGHS IN THE LOWER AND MIDDLE 90S WITH DEW POINT
TEMPERTURES IN THE MIDDLE 60S.

* IMPACTS...HEAT INDEX VALUES WILL REACH BETWEEN 105 AND 109 ON
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AFTERNOONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS
EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY
WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE
POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS...STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED
ROOM...STAY OUT OF THE SUN...AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND
NEIGHBORS.

TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS...IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE.
WHEN POSSIBLE...RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING
OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND
HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN
POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK...THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY
AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST
BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME
BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT
STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY...CALL 9 1 1.

EMA/SH
10:07am
07/20/2016
Extremely Hot Weather
Overview:

Beginning today, a large dome of high pressure will move into our area, bringing extremely high temperatures as well as uncomfortably high dew points. Daytime highs will range from the mid to upper 80s in northern and central Indiana, to low 90s in southern Indiana on Friday. Temperatures will remain in the low to mid 90s across the State through the end of the weekend. Along with the warmer temperatures we will see high dew points in the low to mid 70s, meaning extremely oppressive conditions that will create heat indices in the high 90s up to 110 during the period. Rain and thunderstorms are possible each day through the weekend. Isolated severe weather chances exist at this time with a Marginal Risk in place for northern Indiana later this week. Any storm is capable of producing gusty winds and heavy rainfall, and dangerous lightning. Relief from the heat will arrive early next week as a cold front pushes south.

EMA/SH
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Frequently Asked Questions
 
How many drivers do we have on the streets during a snow storm?
The City Garage has 20 drivers.
How long does it take to clear all of the streets?
During a 2"-4" snow, all streets are usually passable within 24 hours.
Who determines the order of snow removal?
We adhere to our Snow Removal Plan so that all streets are passable as soon as possible.
How can residents obtain treatment, medication, or get to their scheduled appointments?
Anyone with an emergency should call 911. Those with non-emergencies should call 379-1689.
Why does downtown get so much attention?
All main arterials lead to downtown, and Washington Street is a main thoroughfare.
How will I know when the Snow Emergency has been lifted?
All weather-related information will be broadcast via local radio stations.
Who do I call to report property damage from the snow plows?
The Columbus City Garage at 376-2508.
Will my trash be picked up during a Snow Emergency?
Yes, unless otherwise announced via local radio stations.
 

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