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Emergency Travel Advisory Q & A

Visit Indiana Department of Homeland Security County Travel Status Map for Real Time Notification of the County Emergency Travel Advisory

 

 

Warning (RED)

Travel may be restricted to emergency

personnel only. Citizens are directed to

refrain from all travel, comply with necessary

emergency measures, cooperate with public

officials and disaster services forces in

executing emergency operations plans, and

comply with the directions of properly

identified officers. Further and more specific

restrictions may be included in the disaster

declaration.

 

Q. What does the Emergency Proclamation say about travel?

A. Due to the above conditions all citizens are advised to stay off the roads unless driving to work or have an emergency which requires them to be on the roads. Any vehicle blocking or stranded on an unincorporated road will be removed from the road as deemed necessary by snow removal crews or emergency personnel. Delaware County will not be liable for any damages or expenses associated with said removal of vehicles.

 

Q. Can the City or County restrict traveling on the roads completely?

A. Yes, the County Commissioners and the Mayor have the right to close roads completely. This information will be added to any Emergency Proclamation signed by the City or the County and traffic enforcement will be the responsibility of the police. You are further restricted from all travel if the situation calls for a total restriction as documented in the Emergency Proclamation.

 

Q. What can happen if I go out on the roads?

A. If you become stuck during a declared emergency and you block any emergency vehicle you may be pushed out of the way by any means necessary. Any damage to your vehicle or that is the direct result of your vehicle obstructing an emergency vehicle you will be billed for the damage.

 

Q. Will I get a ticket if I go out?

A. The short answer is maybe! Although, Government Officials may impose fines on anyone who creates a travel problem (becoming stuck, blocking the roadway, abandoning a vehicle) and the police will ticket any motorist who created a hazard or breaks the law. If the situation was bad all roadway travel may be totally restricted.

 

Q. What if I have to go to work?

A. Many employers must stay open (Hospital, Nursing Homes, Veterinarians). Please check with your employer to see if you have a policy for emergency travel or necessary staff . You will not be stopped if you are on the roadway. But, travel with great caution. If you get stuck and become a traffic hazard you will be responsible for any damages or expenses associated with the removal of your vehicle.

 

Q. Do I have to go to work during if an emergency is declared?

A. This is a question to ask your employer. Although our recommendation is to always use caution, only your employer can impose a work stoppage and allow you to not to report to work.  Any business closure is at the discretion of the business owner.

 

Q. How do I get proof of the snow emergency?

A. Visit the link to the Travel Status Map and print off the PDF file for proof of Delaware County's status.http://www.in.gov/ai/appfiles/dhs-countyMap/dhsCountyMap.html

 

 

Q. Is this a Level I emergency?

A. Yes, this was formally a Level I emergency. For clarity and uniformity Indiana has adopted this color advisory system. For many county's the levels were confusing. What may be Level I in Delaware County may have been a Level IV in Wayne County.

 

Q. What is a winter weather watch? warning? advisory?

A. NOAA's National Weather Service issues Winter Storm Outlooks when forecasters believe there is a good chance of a major winter storm. A Winter Storm Watch is issued to alert the public to the possibility of a blizzard, heavy snow, heavy freezing rain or heavy sleet. Winter Storm Warnings are issued when a hazardous winter weather event is imminent or occurring, and is considered a threat to life and property. Finally, a Winter Weather Advisory is issued for accumulations of snow, freezing rain, freezing drizzle and sleet that will cause significant inconveniences and, if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations.

 

 

Watch (Orange)

Conditions are threatening to the safety of the

public. Only essential travel is recommended

(i.e., to and from work, emergency situations,

etc.). Emergency action plans have been or

should now be implemented by businesses,

schools, government agencies and other

organizations.

 

Q. Is this a Level II emergency?

A. Yes, this was formally a Level II emergency. For clarity and uniformity Indiana has adopted this color advisory system. For many county's the levels were confusing. What may be Level II in Delaware County may have been a Level III in Wayne County.

 

Q. What is a winter weather watch? warning? advisory?

A. NOAA's National Weather Service issues Winter Storm Outlooks when forecasters believe there is a good chance of a major winter storm. A Winter Storm Watch is issued to alert the public to the possibility of a blizzard, heavy snow, heavy freezing rain or heavy sleet. Winter Storm Warnings are issued when a hazardous winter weather event is imminent or occurring, and is considered a threat to life and property. Finally, a Winter Weather Advisory is issued for accumulations of snow, freezing rain, freezing drizzle and sleet that will cause significant inconveniences and, if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations.

 

 

Advisory (Yellow)

Routine travel or activities may be restricted

in areas because of a hazardous situation.

Citizens should use caution or avoid these

areas. Schools and businesses may begin to

implement their emergency action plans.

 

Q. Is this a Level III emergency?

A. Yes, this was formally a Level III emergency. For clarity and uniformity Indiana has adopted this color advisory system. For many county's the levels were confusing. What may be Level III in Delaware County may have been a Level II in Wayne County.

 

Q. What is a winter weather watch? warning? advisory?

A. NOAA's National Weather Service issues Winter Storm Outlooks when forecasters believe there is a good chance of a major winter storm. A Winter Storm Watch is issued to alert the public to the possibility of a blizzard, heavy snow, heavy freezing rain or heavy sleet. Winter Storm Warnings are issued when a hazardous winter weather event is imminent or occurring, and is considered a threat to life and property. Finally, a Winter Weather Advisory is issued for accumulations of snow, freezing rain, freezing drizzle and sleet that will cause significant inconveniences and, if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations.

 

 

Caution (White)

A condition may develop that limits or hinders

travel in isolated areas. No travel restrictions

have been placed in effect by county officials,

but citizens should be alert to changing

conditions.

 

Q. Is this a Level IV emergency?

A. Yes, this was formally a Level IV emergency. For clarity and uniformity Indiana has adopted this color advisory system. For many county's the levels were confusing. What may be Level IV in Delaware County may have been a Level I in Wayne County.

 

Q. Why is Caution the lowest level for the County?

A. Many times emergency situations arise auto accidents, creek flooding, and trees down where a dangerous situation may be present. Although these situations may quickly arise, caution is advised for everyday travel as well. Please drive safely every day.

 

Q. What is a winter weather watch? warning? advisory?

A. NOAA's National Weather Service issues Winter Storm Outlooks when forecasters believe there is a good chance of a major winter storm. A Winter Storm Watch is issued to alert the public to the possibility of a blizzard, heavy snow, heavy freezing rain or heavy sleet. Winter Storm Warnings are issued when a hazardous winter weather event is imminent or occurring, and is considered a threat to life and property. Finally, a Winter Weather Advisory is issued for accumulations of snow, freezing rain, freezing drizzle and sleet that will cause significant inconveniences and, if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations.

 
Q What is the difference between snow, sleet, hail, and other forms of precipitation?
A. For definitions of sleet, snow, snowflakes, snow flurries, snow grains, snow pellets, hail, soft hail, and other forms of precipitation, see the Definitions of Precipitation in USA TODAY's Weather Book.

 

 

The importance of the Travel Advisory System is to help the public get a picture of what our community is dealing with . You must realize that each situation is different and that if you go out to see how bad it is you may become part of the problem. Please watch the local media outlets as well as the social networking sites for updates. Follow Emergency Management on facebook and Twitter as well as the Government websites.