Tue Dec 16 13:26:04 PST 2008
Snow Emergency Announcements
It happens every year as the snow begins to fly. People don't remember what these announcements mean.
It happens every year when the snow begins to accumulate.
Some Ohio county sheriff's issue "Snow Emergency" declarations to advise the public about road conditions in their county.
The lowest level announcement could be called a "Snowy Travel Alert". Level One is issued when roads become snow covered and slippery. It urges caution on the part of motorists who are driving.
The next level is more serious. "Level Two" is a travel restriction that asks motorists to consider if their trip is necessary. Roads could be icy and slippery and in some places, hazardous to drive. Employees should check with their employers about whether they should report and when they should report.
The top level "Snow Emergency" is Level Three, and it prohibits all travel. Conditions are extreme and to travel could risk life and limb.
Only emergency vehicles should be on the road when a level three declaration is made. This is the most rare announcement and is reserved for extreme conditions.
West Virginia Sheriff's do not have the authority to issue such declarations, as the West Virginia legislature has not authorized them.
And some rural Ohio sheriff's simply do not get involved in the debate over whether the roads are too bad to travel. They prefer the employer contact their employee directly to discuss reporting for work.
Every year, this discussion is renewed.
And every year, the definitions are repeated.
I find it easiest to remember the levels like a Traffic signal...
Level One is a green light.
Level Two is a yellow light, use caution.
Level Three is a red light, everything stops.
It's not hard to remember.