Everything You Wanted To Know About Snow Emergency Classifications, But Were Afraid To Ask.

Snow Emergency Information

 Is there a Snow Emergency?

The snow emergency level for our county is reported by the same news organizations from which you’d learn about school delays and closures. You can also find the snow emergency level online at many places.

What is a Snow Emergency?

Local media might report something like: “Athens County is under a Level 2 Snow Emergency.” What does that mean for you?

The snow emergency level issued by county sheriffs in Ohio is meant to give citizens a sense of roadway conditions, and in some cases, to limit or restrict travel on roadways in the interest of safety. The authority to declare snow emergencies is placed on the county sheriff by Ohio law and, in order to clarify the definition, sheriffs of Ohio’s 88 counties adopted guidelines to be followed when closing highways due to severe weather.

Legal Background

A county sheriff may, pursuant to Ohio Revised Code sections 311.07 and 311.08, declare a snow emergency and temporarily close the state roads and municipal streets within his/her jurisdiction when such action is reasonably necessary for the preservation of the public peace. Ohio Attorney General Opinion 86-023 states that a Sheriff of a County may declare a snow emergency and temporarily close County and Township roads; Ohio Attorney General’s Opinion 97-015 (pdf), issued April 1, 1997, concluded that this authority includes state roads, county and township roads and municipal streets.

Any person who knowingly hampers or fails to obey a lawful order of the sheriff declaring a snow emergency and temporarily closing highways, roads and/or streets within his/her jurisdiction may be subject to criminal prosecution under Ohio Revised Code Section 2917.13, “Misconduct at an emergency” or other applicable law or ordinance.

Snow Emergency Classifications

LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.

LEVEL 2: 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 3: 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.

Drive Cautiously

Remember, it’s impossible to know the condition of every road in the county. These are only guidelines for the majority of roads. If, for example, a Level 1 Snow Emergency is in effect, there may be secondary roads that could be hazardous enough to be rated at level 2 or even possibly level 3.

If there is snow present, you should always assume that the road ahead is worse than the stretch of road you are currently on. In short, drive with extra regard for your speed and those around you especially on curves, hills, and the bridges which usually freeze well before the rest of the roadway. Also give yourself PLENTY of stopping distance especially on icy roads.

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Winter Driving Safety Tips! ICE and SNOW, TAKE IT SLOW!

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Slippery When Wet

First Snow or Ice – Drivers usually aren’t prepared for winter driving and forget to take it slow. Remember to drive well below the posted speed limit and leave plenty of room between vehicles.

Black Ice – Roads that seem dry may actually be slippery and dangerous. Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady areas. All are hot spots for black ice. Remember, Ice and Snow, Take It Slow.

Don’t Crowd The Plow

Watch out for Blind Spots – The plow driver’s field of vision is limited. If you can’t see the plow’s side mirrors, the driver can’t see you. Stay two to three car lengths behind the plow.

Ice and Snow, Take it Slow – Snowplows travel well below the posted speed limit. Be patient. Try not to pass the plow. Watch for sudden stops or turns.

Beware of Snow Clouds – Snowplows often create clouds as they clear the roads. These snow clouds can reduce your ability to see.

Distance – Give snowplows room to work. The plows are wide and can cross the centerline or shoulder. Don’t tailgate and try not to pass. If you must pass, take extreme caution and beware of the snow clouds.

Speed – Snowplows travel below the posted speed limit. Again, be patient.

Vision – A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they don’t always see you. Keep your distance and watch for sudden stops or turns.

Proceed With Caution!

Speed and Distance – The faster you’re going, the longer it will take to stop. When accelerating on snow or ice, take it slow to avoid slipping and sliding. Ice and Snow… Take It Slow.

Limited Visibility – Stay attentive and reduce speed. Know what’s going on around you.

Brake – Brake early, brake slowly, brake correctly, and never slam on the brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes, press the pedal down firmly and hold it. If you don’t have anti-lock brakes, gently pump the pedal. Either way, give yourself plenty of room to stop..

Control – When driving on ice and snow, do not use cruise control and avoid abrupt steering maneuvers. When merging into traffic, take it slow. Sudden movements can cause your vehicle to slide.

Vision – Be aware of what’s going on well ahead of you. Actions by other vehicles will alert you to problems more quickly, and give you that split-second of extra time to react safely.

Be Prepared!

Knowledge – Before leaving home, find out about the driving conditions by logging onto http://www.ohgo.com. Safe drivers know the weather and their limits. If the weather is bad, remember: Ice and Snow … Take It Slow – or just don’t go.

Clear – Remove any snow on your vehicle’s windows, lights, brake lights and signals. Make sure you can see and be seen.

Inspect – Check your tires, wiper blades, fluids, lights, belts and hoses regularly. A breakdown is bad on a good day, and dangerous on a bad-weather day.

Time – Leave in plenty of time to reach your destination safely. It’s not worth putting yourself and others in a dangerous situation just to be on time.

Nelsonville FD and Red Cross free smoke detector install Sat, 12/9, 9:30AM to 3PM, request smoke detector at 7405935273

NFD smokedetector giveaway

The Nelsonville Fire Department and American Red Cross volunteers will be going door-to-door in the City of Nelsonville on Saturday, December 9, 2017 to install free smoke detectors and offer fire safety information. The visits will take place between the hours of 9:30 AM and 3 PM on Saturday, December 9th.

The smoke detector installation is part of the Home Fire Safety Campaign of the American Red Cross. All smoke detectors are free of charge to residents.  Those who wish to request a smoke detector and fire prevention information may call the American Red Cross at 740-593-5273.

Nelsonville BOIL ORDER Kontner St, Short St, Mill St, Poling Ave, Tue, 11/14/17 until further notice, take precautions to boil drinking water

Nelso Boil Order

The City of Nelsonville Water Department has issued a boil order for Kontner Street, Short Street, Mill Street and Poling Avenue water customers in Nelsonville until further notice. Boil orders are put into place as a result of broken water lines or local flooding. When this happens, the drinking water may have been contaminated which can cause many illnesses.

Here are some tips to keep in mind, should you find yourself in this situation:

  • Bring water to a full boil, and boil for three minutes prior to use.
  • Use only boiled water for drinking, preparing food or baby formula.
  • To improve the flat taste of boiled water, keep cold in refrigerator.
  • Put a cup over your faucets as a reminder to not use tap water – not even to brush your teeth!
  • Instead of boiling water, you can disinfect water by adding one teaspoon unscented chlorine laundry bleach for every five gallons of water. Let stand 30 minutes before using.
  • Be sure to use sanitized food grade containers for storing water.
  • To disinfect water storage containers, pour a solution of one tablespoon of unscented chlorine bleach to a gallon of water into a container. Let the solution remain in the container for 10 minutes, then pour out the solution. Rinse with purified water.
  • Boiled or disinfected water can be stored for six months.
  • Dispose of ice cubes.
  • When washing dishes, make sure to sterilize dishes with a final dip in water that has one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water. Disposable tableware is an option during a boil order.
  • It is also recommended you sanitize hands when washing. Again, use one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water and rinse hand frequently by pouring rinse over the hands. Use paper towels to dry.
  • Water for bathing doesn’t need to be boiled. Supervise children to avoid water being ingested.

Nelsonville Kontner St CLOSED, Poling Ave to Short St, Tue, 11/14, 8:30AM, no parking Kotner St, avoid area

Nelso Road Closed

The Nelsonville Water Department will be closing Kontner Street from Poling Avenue to Short Street, Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 8:30 AM. The street is being closed so that crews can repair a water main, and will be closed until repairs are complete.  Vehicles parked on Kontner Street must be removed by 8:00 AM or they will be subject to being towed.  Please use an alternate route.