Winter Weather Preparedness Week runs Nov. 5-11

IDHS launches Winter Weather Preparedness Week

The amount of daylight gets shorter each day and temperatures are dropping. The winter season is coming and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) is taking part in Winter Weather Preparedness Week to remind Hoosiers to act now to avoid surprises.

Hoosiers know Indiana has diverse winter weather. Average winter high temperatures range from the lower 30s in northern Indiana, up to the mid-40s in southern counties. Annual snowfall averages from 10 to 15 inches over far southwest Indiana to more than 70 inches in some areas near Lake Michigan according to the National Weather Service.

Throughout Winter Weather Preparedness Week, IDHS will provide valuable tips and guidance to help people prepare for the cold months ahead.

Top tips:

  • Travel safe: Stay informed about road conditions and have an emergency kit ready in your vehicle.
  • Create an emergency kit: Assemble a kit for your household, including food, water, blankets, flashlights and other essential items.
  • Bundle up outside: Understand the risks of cold weather exposure and take precautions to protect your family's health.
  • Stay informed: Stay up-to-date with weather forecasts, advisories and emergency alerts to make informed decisions.

"Winter Weather Preparedness Week is an opportunity for all residents to get ready and ensure their safety and well-being during the colder months,” said IDHS Executive Director Joel Thacker.

Follow IDHS on FacebookX (formerly known as Twitter) and Instagram, and visit and the IDHS website to get the latest updates and helpful tips throughout the week.

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