Sheriffs in Ohio have the ability to issue a Snow Emergency for roads in their counties when wintry conditions hit. County Emergency Management Agencies in Indiana also have the ability to issue similar Travel Advisories. The issuance of these advisories can be a subjective process. For example, conditions that would set off a Level One (OH)/Advisory (IN) in one county may not be “Level-worthy” in another. There is currently no central database for county Snow Emergencies in Ohio. Accurate reporting of Snow Emergencies is reliant on regular communication between Sheriffs and the media (and vice versa). Indiana, on the other hand, has a central database for their travel advisories.
Belpark Media LLC is committed to providing the most accurate information about Snow Emergencies in our Indiana and Ohio counties. It should be noted that West Virginia does not have a system like this in place.
Level One – Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.
Level Two – Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.
Level Three – All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.
Advisory (Code Yellow) – The lowest level of local travel advisory, means that routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution or avoid those areas.
Watch (Code Orange) – Means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During a “watch” local travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended, and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations.
Warning (Code Red) – The highest level of local travel advisory, means that travel may be restricted to emergency management workers only. During a “warning” local travel advisory, individuals are directed to:
- (A) refrain from all travel;
- (B) comply with necessary emergency measures;
- (C) cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operations plans; and
- (D) obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.