Press release from the Allen County Board of Commissioners:
County Prepares for Possible Winter Storm
Reminds residents of winter weather event policy
Allen County officials are sending out a reminder about the County’s Winter Weather Event Declaration Policy in light of the winter storm watch issued by the National Weather Service in effect tonight through Wednesday evening.
The County’s policy consists of four different levels:
- Red – Level 1 – Declared Emergency. A State of Emergency has been declared by the County Commissioners. Travel may be restricted to emergency personnel ONLY! Further restrictions may be included in the declaration.
- Orange – Level 2 – Warning. 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 be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies and other organizations.
- Yellow – Level 3 – Watch. 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.
- White – Level 4 – Caution. A condition may develop that limits or hinders travel or activities in isolated areas. No travel restrictions have been reported, but citizens should be alert to changing conditions.
When it comes to issuing any level of emergency, the decision comes from the Board of Commissioners after consultation with both the Highway Department Director and the Sheriff.
Once that happens, the information will be sent out through the County’s Nixle Community Information Service, its Twitter and Facebook social media platforms, and the news media.