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Central Indiana Municipal & Emergency Agencies prepare for storm

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Under blue skies, with the sun shining, Indianapolis prepared to get hit with a storm, promising at least 8 inches of snow and frigid sub-zero temperatures.

Salt trucks began treating major roads in Indianapolis by 7 Saturday night.

"This is going to be a very intense storm. It's going to be an inch of snow per hour. It's going to happen fast. It's going to happen quick," said Alan Bacon with the city's Department of Public Works.

When it does hit, the city said it will have all 90 salt trucks and plows out, along with up to 300 outside contractors to hit neighborhood and side streets.

DPW officials asked people to avoid parking on the street if they could to allow easier access for plows trying to clear them.

"Every resource we have is going to be dedicated to this storm," promised Bacon.

The city announced trash pick-up is canceled for Monday and Tuesday of this week to avoid having their crews out in bitter temperatures.

The city reminded people to stay home if they can.

"If you do have to be out, please give the trucks a lot of room. They are big. If you can't see their mirrors, they can't see you," said Lori Miser with DPW.

That's the same message Hamilton County emergency officials wanted to get out.

"We are urging all residents if you don't have to travel tomorrow don't. It's not worth it," said the county's EMA director Tom Sivak.

Saturday, an empty and quiet Hamilton County Emergency Operations Center was the calm before the storm.

In 24 hours, the phones there will be ringing, as the county's emergency officials watch how the storm develops and adjust their responses to it.

Their biggest concerns are power outages and accidents.

Hamilton County has identified six emergency shelters where residents can go should they experience power outages for long periods of time.

Those are the biggest concerns heading into this storm. Dealing with power outages and accidents.

"If someone puts themselves in a position where they need help, it also puts all our first responders in a position that's hazardous as well," said Sivak.

"We just want to make sure that every one is safe and gets through this storm," he added.

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