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And with the blizzard warning in effect through Wednesday evening, the Division of Homeland Security is activating the Emergency Operations Center on the east side of Indianapolis.
The plan was to open the EOC at the mid-range Level III, meaning emergency conditions with a serious but limited impact. That designation may be elevated if it‘s determined that state or federal assistance is needed.
Director of Homeland Security Gary Coons says the city‘s homeless are being contacted and brought in from the cold.
“We’re about to reach about 300 at this point,” Coons says. “They will continue to go out and speak with them and speak with them to help them find shelter for their needs to get through the storm.”
The preparations were already underway on Christmas Day.
State offices will be open today but, non-essential employees who live in areas where snow emergencies have been declared and where roads are closed for official vehicles only are not required to report to work. This is effective statewide.