Cold weather tips offered by ‘FLASH’

first_imgBatesville, In. — The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® and the Great Winter Weather Prep are offering 21 tips to keep families safe and warm when the power goes out and freezing temperatures arrive.Foam, Dome, & Drip – Affordable Ways to Protect Your HomeFor as little as $1 per 6’ of insulation, you can stop pipes from freezing during winter and even when the power goes out.Insulate pipes exposed to the elements or cold drafts with insulating foam. For as little as $1 per 6’ of insulation, you can stop pipes from freezing and save energy.Place an insulating dome or other covering on outdoor faucets and spigots to reduce the likelihood of the water in your pipes freezing, expanding, and causing a costly leak.Drip faucets to reduce the build-up of pressure in the pipes. Even if the pipes freeze, you have released the pressure from the water system reducing the likelihood of a rupture. If you are going out of town, and suspect that temperatures will drop or a power outage will occur, turn off the water to your home and open all of the taps to drain the water system. This way you won’t return to a frozen, soggy mess.4.Check for air leaks around windows and doors using a lit incense stick. If the smoke is sucked out of an opening, seal the leak with caulk, spray foam, or weather stripping.Keep Your Family Safe & Warm5.Keep a supply of flashlights, batteries, and a battery-powered radio on hand. Do not use candles as they pose a fire hazard.After the power goes out, make sure to turn off all lights but one, to alert you when power resumes.Resist the temptation to call 911 for information during power outages. Instead use your battery-powered radio for information.Keep your car fuel tank at least half full as gas stations rely on electricity to operate their pumps and may not have back-up power.Keep extra cash on hand since an extended power outage may prevent you from withdrawing money from ATMs or banks.Be a volunteer snow angel. Volunteer to check on elderly neighbors, friends, or relatives who may need assistance during the outage.Wear layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors.If you are using a gas heater or fireplace to stay warm, be sure the area is properly ventilated.Arrange ahead of time with family, friends, or neighbors for a place to go if you have an extended outage. If you have nowhere to go, head to a designated public shelter. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345)FoodKeep a supply of non-perishable foods, medicine, baby supplies, and pet food on hand, and have at least one gallon of water per person per day on hand.Avoid opening the fridge or freezer. Food should be safe as long as the outage lasts no more than four hours.GeneratorsDo not run a generator inside a home or garage. Use gas-powered generators only in well-ventilated areas.Follow manufacturer’s instructions such as only connect individual appliances to portable generators.Don’t plug emergency generators into electric outlets or hook them directly to your home’s electrical system as they can feed electricity back into the power lines, putting you and line workers in danger.Consider purchasing and installing a permanent home generator with an automatic on switch.When Power ReturnsWhen power comes back on, it may come back with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can damage equipment such as computers and motors in appliances like the air conditioner, refrigerator, washer, or furnace. Be sure to install a system of surge protection that consists of point-of-use devices and whole house surge protection.When power is restored, wait a few minutes before turning on major appliances to help eliminate potential problems caused from sharp increases in demand.For more information, tips, and resources for winter safety visit and the Great Winter Weather Prep preparedness campaign.last_img read more

Joint Ribbon cutting for southeastern Indiana business

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Lohrum Electric held a joint ribbon cutting with the chambers of commerce of Batesville, Ripley County, and Greensburg Decatur County Tuesday.  Lohrum Electric unveiled its newest building to a large crowd as well as offered tours. Lohrum Electric has been in operations since 2011, employs three,  and serves Southeastern Indiana.last_img

Local named finalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program

first_imgBatesville, IN—Mr. Andy Allen of Batesville High School announced today that Erin E. Batta has been named a Finalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Erin is among approximately 15,000 finalists for 2020 from across the nation and was recently named by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Erin is the daughter of Mr. Nick and Faith Batta.Batta becomes the 26th Batesville High School student to reach the National Merit Finalist status and will attempt to become the third to be named National Merit winner. She will continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered this spring. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2020 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.last_img read more

Villarreal slaps N23b on Chukwueze

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey Osimhen, Chukwueze begin 14-day Isolation in Lagos Chukwueze gets new coach at Villarreal Liverpool and its eternal rival, Manchester City, will have to cough out €60 million (N23 billion) for the services of Nigerian whizkid Samuel Chukwueze.Reports from Spain had it that Villarreal had increased the release clause of a reported Liverpool and Manchester City target.Chukwueze was one of the breakout stars of La Liga last season, with the winger scoring eight goals in 38 appearances in all competitions in his first season at the top level.At the start of the summer, the 20-year-old was linked with the likes of Liverpool and Man City, having made no secret of his desire to play in the Premier League after missing out on a move to Arsenal as a teenager.However, no genuine offers materialised, meaning the winger would continue his development in Spain.His tenure in La Liga looked set to increase further, with reports that Chukwueze – described as the “next Arjen Robben” – is in line for a new contract that will see his exit clause rise from €60m.It will represent a blow for any Premier League club keeping tabs on him with a view to a future bid – with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich also said to be hovering – although it was claimed that the winger will not rush into accepting the deal if other clubs are interested. Tags: Samuel ChukwuezeVillareallast_img read more

Wenger enjoying Arsenal momentum

first_img Press Association Manager Arsene Wenger has warned the best is yet to come from his Arsenal side over the closing weeks of the Barclays Premier League campaign. Following a string of frustrating inconsistent performances during the first half of the season, Wenger’s men are now finally producing the required standard on a regular basis as they look to secure Champions League football once again and have won seven of their last nine Premier League games. Should the Gunners men beat Norwich then they would go third and Wenger said: “I believe our team has always developed a way to play that makes them stronger throughout the season. That is maybe one of the consequences of it – that we go from strength to strength.” center_img He added: “We should not forget that, in recent seasons, we have started with young squads who have learnt first during the season, or with squads who have been disturbed because we sold players and we had to rebuild a team. “Of course it takes a while to get into a good momentum [after that].” With Per Mertesacker not available through suspension, captain Thomas Vermaelen is set for a recall, having been benched since the defeat at Tottenham. Wenger, though, has hailed the attitude of the Belgian defender, who took the skipper’s armband following Robin van Persie’s summer sale to Manchester United. “He took it in a remarkable way [when he lost his place],” the Arsenal manager said. “He is a great man and I didn’t make him captain by coincidence. I knew there is something mentally special there. “Vermaelen responds in positive situations and in less positive situations like when you don’t play. “They know there could be rotation with the three centre backs from the start of the season, depending on good and less good periods of any individual player. He [Vermaelen] took that remarkably well.” last_img read more

Whelan: Everton bids would be considered

first_img Martinez is expected to be confirmed as David Moyes’ successor in the next 48 hours and the Spaniard has already been linked with potential moves for the likes of highly-rated midfielder James McCarthy and forwards Arouna Kone and Callum McManaman – a former Toffees trainee – from Wigan. “There is no agreement. It is unfair and I don’t believe in anything like that,” Whelan told Press Association Sport. “If Everton want to sign any of our players for the right amount of money we will consider it.” Roberto Martinez will be free to cherry-pick players from Wigan once his expected appointment at Everton is confirmed. Whelan is believed to have negotiated compensation of about £1.5million for Martinez’s services. And while he would hope to be able to hang on to key players as the club seek to bounce back from their relegation to the npower Championship at the first opportunity he accepts the lure of the top flight is a strong one. “We have to face every single thing that relegation presents us,” he added. “It is normally the case certain players want to play in the Premier League and I can’t blame them for that. “Players sign contracts but sometimes one or two want to leave and it is difficult to stop them. “Players are players and I believe in freedom in football. “But we have a lot of players who are loyal to Wigan Athletic so we will just wait and see.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

City wait on Nastasic news

first_imgManchester City are still waiting to learn the full extent of defender Matija Nastasic’s ankle injury. Manager Manuel Pellegrini, speaking at a press conference in Germany, said: “We will have to wait to find out how serious the injury to Nastasic is. “At this moment, we don’t know whether he needs an operation or if there is another solution but I have a lot of players that I can rely on. “There are enough players who can come in to replace any that are missing.” With Kolo Toure having left City for Liverpool, Nastasic’s injury could allow Joleon Lescott the opportunity to reform his successful defensive partnership from the 2012 title-winning season with Vincent Kompany. City have otherwise taken a strong squad to Germany as they face AC Milan on Wednesday and another game against either hosts Bayern Munich or Sao Paulo on Thursday. Pellegrini said: “The whole squad is here except for Matija. “I don’t know who will play against Milan yet. It’s more important we see who is fit and who is ready to play.” Press Associationcenter_img There are fears the Serbia centre-back could miss the start of the season after being carried off on a stretcher during the Barclays Asia Trophy clash against Sunderland in Hong Kong at the weekend. The 20-year-old, who impressed after joining the club from Fiorentina last summer, has not travelled with the squad for this week’s Audi Cup tournament in Munich. last_img read more

Mourinho returns with win

first_img Chelsea were already two goals up at that point, through Oscar and Lampard’s stunning 30-yard free-kick, with the three points all but secure. Hull put up more resistance in the second period to give reason for optimism, but at times it seemed like they were in a different league to their hosts. For the newly promoted Tigers, it was always going to be difficult to end Mourinho’s now 61-game unbeaten home record in the English top flight. Chelsea had won 12 and drawn two of their previous 14 opening-day league games, while the Tigers’ last away win in a season-opener was in 2002 at Exeter and in the fourth tier. The Blues will have to be better against Aston Villa on Wednesday night and then at Old Trafford against defending champions Manchester United a week on Monday, where Chelsea target Wayne Rooney will be the centre of attention. It was a day Chelsea supporters have been waiting for since Mourinho’s departure in September 2007. The intervening years have brought success, but also chaos. Under Mourinho’s predecessor Rafael Benitez, the atmosphere was hostile. It was anything but here. The return of the Portuguese even prompted notoriously shy owner Roman Abramovich to make a public utterance, just a few months after the 10th anniversary of his takeover, hoping for “many more years of success” in a 29-word statement on the cover of a special matchday programme. Abramovich’s millions helped Mourinho lead Chelsea to a first championship in 50 years in 2005, but now the task is to mould the existing team rather than spend lavishly, with the possible exception of Rooney. Belgium forward Kevin de Bruyne has been a Chelsea player since January 2012 and finally made his competitive debut behind Fernando Torres, who was preferred up front to Romelu Lukaku. After acknowledging the acclaim by blowing kisses, Mourinho set to work and so did his team, playing with a fluidity Hull struggled to cope with. McGregor, one of five debutants in a Hull line-up which saw new signings Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore left on the bench, saved from Eden Hazard before felling Torres with a clumsy challenge which conceded a penalty. Lampard saw his spot-kick saved, but it appeared only a matter of time before the visiting defence was breached. Hazard received the ball on the left, cut inside and found De Bruyne, who fed the on-running Oscar and the Brazilian prodded underneath the advancing McGregor. The Scot again denied Lampard, this time from the edge of the area, as Chelsea pressed forward relentlessly in search of a second. It came after Torres was awarded a dubious free-kick 30 yards out, against James Chester. Lampard’s rapier-like strike dipped into the top corner past McGregor and Chelsea’s record goalscorer wheeled away, racing towards the dugout and his manager. Mourinho turned his back, though, focusing on what would happen next and leaving Lampard to celebrate with his team-mates. Hull will have less difficult days than this in the top flight, but they did little to help themselves, giving possession away cheaply. Lampard had another shot saved as half-time approached and, from a corner, Ivanovic had a header blocked on the line by McGregor. There was no reaction from referee Jonathan Moss, whose watch did not buzz – it would alert him if the ball had crossed the line – and Hull were relieved to be only two down at the interval. Chelsea were content to bide their time in the opening exchanges of the second period and home goalkeeper Petr Cech was required to make a save for the first time when Robert Koren shot straight at him. The Tigers were fortunate not to concede a second penalty when Ivanovic was pushed over by Robbie Brady before Hull appealed in vain for handball when Yannick Sagbo’s shot was driven at Lampard’s chest. The arrivals of Huddlestone and Livermore gave Hull more of a midfield presence and Cech was forced into another save when Ahmed El Mohamady’s right-wing cross found Curtis Davies, whose header extended the goalkeeper. Andre Schurrle and Lukaku replaced De Bruyne and Torres, respectively, as Mourinho sought a fresh impetus which never came. Schurrle chipped over when played through by Ramires but Mourinho had to be content with victory by a two-goal margin. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho celebrated his Stamford Bridge return with a comprehensive and incident-packed 2-0 victory over Barclays Premier League newcomers Hull. Almost six years since leaving the Blues, the self-proclaimed Special One enjoyed a rapturous reception and a strong showing from his side on his homecoming. It did not all go Chelsea’s way as Frank Lampard saw a sixth-minute penalty saved by Allan McGregor and goal-line technology came into play when the Scotland goalkeeper saved a Branislav Ivanovic header in first-half stoppage-time, correctly ruling no goal had been scored. Press Associationlast_img read more

Parish backs beleaguered Holloway

first_imgCrystal Palace joint-chairman Steve Parish has given his backing to manager Ian Holloway despite the club’s poor start to the season. Press Association “I believe in the manager and I believe in his ability to create a winning team,” the Palace joint-chairman told the South London Press. “We need to keep the ball better. You can’t keep giving it away in this league because, unlike in the Championship, you won’t get it back. “Ian knows that and it was what we were trying to work on over the summer transfer window, bringing people in to try and help us do that. “I’ve got every faith in Ian to sort it out. There are a lot of new players and we’re trying to find both a formation and a way of playing. “We didn’t get what we deserved in the first few games and that puts us where we are. But we’ve got to keep believing. “I know we’re good enough to stay in this league. We just need to find a bit more of a goal threat and believe. “Southampton were the better side on Saturday but we weren’t battered in the second half. “There is a lot to be positive about. We’ve just got to pull together and get some results.” Palace will have to up their game significantly if they are to end their rotten streak this Saturday as they travel to second-place Liverpool. center_img Holloway earned great praise for guiding Palace into the Barclays Premier League last term, but he and his team have found life tough since. Holloway’s position has come under scrutiny after a run of just one win in six games but he retains the backing of Parish. last_img read more

De Gea vows to keep improving

first_img “I feel like I’m always improving and I want to make sure that continues as well.” United boss David Moyes has been among those hailing De Gea’s recent form, and the goalkeeper added: “It’s very important that the manager values your work and now it’s important to continue to play well and help the team. “I’m very happy the manager praised me but, for me, the journey doesn’t stop now – I want to keep earning praise and playing well for this team. “I play for my team-mates and I play for my manager but I also play for the fans. “When you win over a club’s fans, it’s a very proud moment. These are the people who pay money to come to watch you every week. “You owe it to them to play well and give your best, so it makes me extremely happy to hear the fans singing my name.” United, currently fifth in the Barclays Premier League table, are at Cardiff on Sunday. A considerable amount of criticism has been aimed at De Gea regarding his United performances since he joined the club from Atletico Madrid in 2011. But of late he has been earning widespread praise for his displays in a Red Devils shirt. And asked about his form this season, the 23-year-old Spaniard told Inside United: “I’m very happy with it. I feel like this is a particularly good moment in my career right now and I hope to continue in the same vein for some time to come. Press Associationcenter_img Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has vowed to keep improving after expressing his delight with his recent form.last_img read more