Now that winter has arrived, the likelihood of a Winter Weather Event increases. We wanted to offer a reminder how you can receive notifications of issued alerts in a timely manner.
In the event the Sheriff issues a Snow Level, our Communications Center will send the appropriate notification via our NIXLE system. If you are not already a NIXLE subscriber, we urge you to sign up for free to receive notifications via electronic mail or text message. The NIXLE system will automatically send the notifications to our FACEBOOK & TWITTER feeds.Facebook page and our Twitter feed (see below).
The County Sheriff may, pursuant to Ohio Revised Codes Section 311.07 may declare a “snow emergency” and temporarily close any township, municipal, county, US interstates or state roads within his jurisdiction for the preservation of public peace. Any person who violates a snow emergency order is subject to prosecution of Ohio Revised Code Section 2917.13 (Misconduct at an Emergency). The Sheriff of Wood County has defined snow emergencies by the following levels:
LEVEL I – SNOW ALERT: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Drive very cautiously.
LEVEL II – SNOW ADVISORY: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow and or icy conditions. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work.
LEVEL III – SNOW EMERGENCY: All Municipal, Township, County, State and US Routes in Wood County are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be out during these conditions. Those traveling on the roadways may subject themselves to arrest. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work as only employees designated by their employer as essential may go to work and only if their route is passable.
If you typically check our web page for notification, please note they will NO LONGER be listed under the “Latest News” section but instead will be displayed in the Nixle scroller situated in the middle footer area of our website. This change will reduce the number of notifications that both our Dispatchers and Webmaster will need to make.
To view the state’s weather-related road closures and restrictions, visit the Ohio Department of Transportation’s traffic Web site at http://www.ohgo.com/.