[r85] Pond Report: Preparing for the Winter Season (11/16/2011)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Start Date: 11/16/2011 All Day
End Date: 11/16/2011

According to the American Red Cross, a recent national survey revealed that only 7 percent of Americans take the recommended actions to prepare for disasters.  There are certain steps that you and your family can take to be prepared for the worst of what this winter season might bring us.

To be prepared the American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana suggests assembling a disaster supply kit, making a plan and being informed. These are all equally important ways to take precautions for winter weather.

We are no strangers to severe winter weather here in Northeast Indiana. Take the time now to organize and collect items for your supply kit. Some things you may want to include are: water, food, a first aid kit, a battery operated hand-crank radio, flashlights, extra batteries, clothing and blankets.

If you would like more ideas on ways to be prepared visit www.redcrossofnei.org.

It is also important for everyone, regardless of their income, to know that there are ways for them to remain safe during the winter months. There are options available to low-income families who are in need of assistance.

Indiana offers the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), which provides residential energy conservation services to the low-income citizens of Indiana. Funding is made possible through federal sources and then the money is allocated to Community Action Agencies throughout our state.

The Community Action of Northeast Indiana (CANI) represents our district and provides free, energy efficient improvements to low-income families.  Services may include insulating attics, walls and mobile home bellies. CANI also fixes heating systems by repairing poorly installed equipment or leaking heating ducts. They can also repair some furnaces.

WAP improves about 200 low-income homes each year in Northeast Indiana. This is a beneficial program that helps families facing financial burdens stay warm and protected during the winter months. 

To learn more about CANI, or to find out if you are eligible, visit www.canihelp.org or call their main office at 260-423-3546.

The shift in weather also symbolizes that the legislative session is ready to start. Organization Day will be held on November 22 and is treated as an official day of session. It is an exciting day where the Speaker of the House will address all members and state his plan for the following months. The first day of session will be on January 4.

I am eager to get session started and looking forward to keeping you posted on all the developments that are affecting our state and district.