Michigan City Issues State of Emergency
January 6, 2014 by Jerry Howard
Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer is putting a state of emergency in effect for Michigan City, Indiana until further notice.
His statement, issued through the city’s police department, says, “Yes, it’s winter. And yes, it’s cold. But this is different. It’s not just a snow event, it’s a cold event, and that’s what scares us.”
Heavy snow and high winds cause Mayor Meer to strongly urge residents to exercise caution, avoid travel, and stay indoors.
Police Sergeant Chris Yagelski says, “To ensure an effective and rapid response to this winter storm, Mayor Meer declared a citywide ‘State of Emergency’ until further notice, so resources and emergency personnel can get to neighborhoods where they are needed as quickly as possible.”
Taking into account the blowing and drifting snow, dangerous road conditions, along with the pending artic below zero temperatures citizens are asked to remain home and off the roadways, noting that several surrounding counties have also called for a state of emergency declaration.
Yagelski says, “The State of Emergency indicates that Mayor Meer is urging residents to stay home and limit any travel that is not necessary. This was declared as a result of the winter storm that is currently affecting northwest Indiana. In no way does this mean that he has ordered businesses to close just that only essential personnel are expected to report to work during this weather emergency. There have been no curfews, penalties or other restrictions that have been put in place.
Emergency and essential personnel are out attempting to clear snow, check on the elderly and maintain a safe environment for those that must leave their homes.”
Michigan City police say parents should keep children inside as low temperatures and wind chill are a dangerous recipe for rapid frostbite or hypothermia, as exposed skin can freeze in as little as five minutes with wind chills colder than 50 below.