LAPEL - The Lapel Police Department has made arrangements with local facilities for emergency shelters. These shelters should be used in the event of prolonged utilities outages, such as power and gas, and only if you cannot find shelter with family and friends. Contact the Lapel Police Department at (765) 534-4600 if you are in need of assistance.
In the event residents need a shelter, please bring the minimum belongings. The LPD suggest just a blanket, toiletries and one change of clothes. The shelters will not be taking in pets due to health and safety concerns.
While an emergency has not yet been declared, Lapel officials are also encouraging residents to stay home if at all possible and stay off the roadways. This will allow snowplows and emergency vehicles to operate the most efficiently. Those who park along Main Street are also being asked to move vehicles off that street. In the event an emergency is declared, as a 'Snow Route,' Main Street will need to be cleared. It is in general a good idea to move vehicles of all the streets to assist in keeping them open.
The Lapel Police Department cannot excuse anyone from work. A 'Snow Emergency' can only be declared by Madison County Officials. To keep emergency phone lines clear, please consult local television and radio for updates on Snow Emergencies, travel conditions and weather conditions.
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