[Photo - Laura Waluszko]
Varying amounts of snowfall from the lake effect over northwest Indiana Thursday and overnight... some preliminary totals show as of last night nearly ten inches of snow on the ground just northwest of the Lakes of the Four Seasons area. Several inches of snow can be seen in parts of Valparaiso.
For preliminary snowfall reports visit the National Weather Service Chicago website
(Photo Courtesy of the LaPorte Police Department)
In light of the prediction frigid temperatures and continued snow, LaPorte County Emergency Management is announcing a list of public warming centers that will be accessible until at least Friday, January 10th. Officials also ask you, if possible, to check-in on those who live alone, the elderly and those with special needs and to keep pets and animals from being exposed to freezing temperatures.
City of La Porte
IU Health LaPorte Hospital
6:00am-8:00pm in the lobbies and the chapel.
100 E. 4th St.
Normal business hours
100 E. Michigan Blvd.
Normal business hours
102 W. 2nd St.
City Fire Administration Building
2510 E. Michigan Blvd.
Normal business hours
For assistance with keeping your animals warm:
LaPorte County Animal Shelter
Indiana State Police Lowell Post report with the frigid cold temperatures expected tonight and the possibility of blowing and drifting snow, a disabled vehicle could make for a life or death situation for the driver and passengers.
Following the few tips listed below could save your life:
• Before you leave check the weather forecast and let someone know your route of travel.
• Always keep your gas tank full when driving in cold weather.
• Carry a winter survival kit in your car which is to include: blankets, extra warm clothes, flashlight, extra batteries, brightly colored cloth, sand or a bag of cat litter, shovel, candles and matches, non perishable high calorie foods, (nuts, raisins, and candy bars), newspapers (for insulation), a first aid kit and jumper cables.
• Do not leave your car if stranded, it is your best protection. Do not panic, an idling car only uses one gallon of gas per hour.
• Roll down a window a very small amount for fresh air.
• Make sure the car’s exhaust pipe is not blocked to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
• At night, leave your dome light on.
• Always have your cell phone and a charger so you can call and let us know where you're located.
These simple tips and items placed in your car could save your or a family member’s life in the event you find yourself stranded in the cold.
Road conditions are accessible at http://indot.carsprogram.org/main.jsf. For up-to-date county travel statuses, Hoosiers are encouraged to visit http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory/....
INDIANAPOLIS (January 2, 2014) – Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson knows many of you want to pay off debt and improve your financial situation in 2014. Many Hoosiers’ New Year’s resolutions involve money, and there’s no time like the present to get started.
Over the next few weeks, as part of her focus on financial literacy, Secretary Lawson will take to Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to share helpful tips for starting a budget, paying off debt, and saving for the future.
Secretary Lawson’s Top Tips for 2014
1) Create a budget and prioritize it! Cutting unnecessary expenses will allow you to pay off debt and build a bigger nest egg. Plus, understanding how your money is being used can lead to more responsible decision-making.
2) Try to negotiate lower interest rates with creditors. If you’re in good standing with the creditor, it’s possible they will give you a better rate and make it easier for you to pay back what you owe. There’s no harm in asking.
3) After paying off a credit card, consider keeping it open! Your credit score is partially determined by how much credit you have, and how much of that credit you are using. It’s called credit utilization. If you have a lot of credit, but are only using a small amount, your score will go up. Closing a card will lower your amount of available credit and potentially lower your score.
4) The new year is a good time to check on your credit report. You’re entitled to one free credit report every twelve months from each of the three major credit reporting agencies. The official website to order these credit reports is www.AnnualCreditReport.com. We recommend you bookmark that site. Go over your credit reports carefully. Mistakes happen!
Secretary Lawson says, “The most effective form of investor protection is investor education.” Her office teaches Hoosiers about investment fraud and financial literacy through Indiana Investment Watch. The education program is not funded by taxpayers, but with fines imposed on violators of securities laws. Indiana Investment Watch has educational materials covering the various types of fraud, as well as general financial literacy tools. Workshops and outreach events held throughout the state provide more in-depth information on detecting and avoiding scams. For more information, visit www.IndianaInvestmentWatch.com....