CHRISTIAN COUNTY — “The recent severe winter weather experienced throughout the northeast area of the United States is a clear reminder that we should plan ahead for inclement weather” said Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp. “With the recent forecast calling for ice and possibly heavy snow fall in our area starting Tuesday night through Thursday, I thought it appropriate to urge residents of Christian County to begin thinking about their potential needs. “
Sheriff Kettelkamp explained that during periods of severe weather conditions there is an increased burden on the 911 communications system as a result of vehicle accidents and medical calls. These create incidents can result in a significantly reduced response times by first responders.
Due to the potential risks, it may be necessary to close roads throughout the county. Residents of Christian County are reminded of the Snow Emergency Level ordinance put into effect in 2014. The Ordinance for the Establishment of Snow Emergency Levels defines what a snow emergency means. There are three levels in the ordinance:
Level 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads are also icy. Drive very cautiously and travel only if necessary. Drivers may be ticketed and vehicles may be towed if abandoned on the roads thereby hindering emergency operation.
Level 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow and may be icy. This means that only people with a real and important need to be out on the roads and streets should do so. Drivers may be ticketed and vehicles may be towed if abandoned on the roads thereby hindering emergency operation.
Level 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel. Drivers may be ticketed and vehicles may be towed if abandoned on the roads thereby hindering emergency operation.
Sheriff Kettelkamp added that “the time to think about your needs is not when the snow begins to fall.” He encourages residents to prepare for the weather conditions and recommends the following:
• Minimize travel as much as possible.
• Salt/treat your walkways now. Be cautious of black ice and walk slowly.
• Check on elderly or those with special needs and make sure they are adequately prepared.
• Have extra drinking water and food ready.
• Stay away from downed trees near power lines and be prepared for loss of electricity.
• Report any downed power lines and downed trees to the appropriate local agencies when possible, unless these pose an immediate threat to public safety.
• Stay informed and monitor media outlets – maintain a battery powered/hand-crank radio, fully charged laptop or cell phone in order to stay informed of further weather developments.