INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Indianapolis Division of Homeland Security is monitoring the weather headed toward central Indiana Christmas Day evening.
Monday, leaders held a conference call with police, fire, the American Red Cross, and the National Weather Service.
INDOT has already pretreated area roads.
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A spokesman says their workers will likely be on 12-hour shifts once the snow begins.
The same goes for the Indy Snow Force. Monday, they put snow blades on vehicles and put 118 drivers on notice.
Leaders are also hoping travelers take heed of impending weather.
"Be prepared as you travel too, don't just take your clothing and gifts, take items that would keep you warm in case you were stuck during a storm," suggested Indianapolis Department of Homeland Security Chief Gary Coons.
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Remember to fill up your car with gas.
The American Red Cross also suggests having your vehicle winterized, and bringing blankets, warm clothes, cat litter to help if your car gets stuck, extra food and water, a small shovel, jumper cables, a flashlight and extra batteries, and a candle just in case you're in need of it.
INDOT spokesman Nathan Riggs says he hopes folks plan ahead.
"Folks need to be aware of the weather," Riggs said. "They might have to leave early to get to their destination early, ahead of the snow. Plan and be prepared."
Other reminders in case your car would get stuck.
- Stay with your vehicle, don't try to walk to safety.
- Keep a bright colored cloth of some sort to hang on an antenna so rescuers can see your car.
- Click here to see more suggestions from the American Red Cross.
- Indianapolis' Department of Homeland Security sent out these tips Monday, as well.
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