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Henry County Travel Status Program

 

Henry County utilizes the “Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s Travel Status Program” to inform its residents of local travel conditions. This allows the public, businesses, industry and other government leaders to see the current travel status in Henry County. Users of the system also have the option to print a document showing the history of changes that have occurred (http://www.in.gov/ai/dhs/dhs_travel_history.pdf ). This can be very helpful when someone is looking for the dates and times when a specific level was initiated or cancelled.

 

Note: On some computer systems you must refresh or reload your browser to see the most recent version of the travel status map.

 

 

 

 

 

Who decides what the travel status should be?

The Henry County Commissioners working with the Sheriff’s Office, County Highway and Emergency Management make the decision to raise or lower the travel status within the County. Once a decision has been made the Office of Emergency Management updates the IDHS website through a program called WebEOC. Only the Office of Emergency Management has login access to make the changes, but the Office does not make the final decision as to when and to what level, that is a team effort.

 

Who else can change the travel status?

The Sheriff may decide that for public safety a specific level of travel advisory is warranted when the Commissioners are unavailable.

 

 

 

 

 

 Once the Emergency Management Office receives authorization to change the travel status the information is documented, a public notice is created and the information is emailed to those agencies and entities in our notification list (news media, dispatch centers, emergency services, etc.). The status change is then added to our Facebook page and tweeted to our followers.

It should be noted that occasionally the terminology IDHS uses changes, those changes will be reflected on our local Travel Advisory System as well.

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Status Mobile App - The State of Indiana has created a free mobile app to provide Hoosiers with county travel status updates and alerts directly to their mobile devices.

In addition to weather, the app will also include notifications with regard to flooding, hazardous materials spills and other events that could affect travel.

The Indiana Office of Technology and IDHS collaborated on the project. The Indiana Travel Advisory app is available to download for iPhone (https://appsto.re/us/QHVw4.i) in the App Store, and Android (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details…) in the Google Play Store.

 

 

 

 

 

Where do I find the IDHS Travel Map?

The updated travel map can be found on the IDHS Web site at http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory/  

 

 

 

 

 

Go to INDOT Indiana Travel Information and TrafficWise, for information on traffic congestion and safety maps for motorists

 

 

 

 

 

NOTICE: Travel Status information is provided by each County's Emergency Management Agency.

 

 

 

 

 

What each level means, the short version

 

 

 

 

 

WARNING - RED

 

 

The public is NOT mandated to stay off the roads, the word “MAY” makes this, like in other levels optional.

 

With that said as:

 

(A)  PLEASE - refrain from all travel. – If your employer is mandating that you go to work, you may. Unless there has been additional terminology added to a local emergency declaration.

(B)    Comply with necessary emergency measures; - if emergency management (i.e. Law enforcement, fire, EMS, Emergency Management or other identified emergency services personnel are directing you to stay out of or evacuate a given area please do. They are working for your safety.

(C)   Cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operations plans –  See (B)

(D)  Obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers. -  See (B)

 

If the situation warrants your elected officials may for the public and responder safety attach additional restrictions within a Local Disaster Declaration.

 

 

 

 

 

WATCH - ORANGE

 

 

Means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During a "watch" local travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations.

 

As with a “WARNING” the basic terminology does not mandate that persons stay off the roadways. But at this level it is HIGHLY recommended that you stay off the roads except for “essential travel, such as to and from work IF MANDATED BY YOUR EMPLOYER or in emergency situations


An example of a situation that might MANDATE that persons stay off the roads would be pandemic, radiological or hazardous materials release.

 

 

 

 

 

ADVISORY -YELLOW

 

 

This level is most likely used when its slick and hazardous, a storm has restricted access due to trees or lines down or even flooding has closed roads in the County.

 

The lowest level of local travel advisory, means that routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution or avoid those areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IC 10-14-3-3-(7)

"Emergency management worker"

     Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "emergency management worker" includes any full-time or part-time paid, volunteer, or auxiliary employee of:

        (7) any agency or organization; performing emergency management services at any place in Indiana subject to the order or control of, or under a request of, the state government or any political subdivision of the state. The term includes a volunteer health practitioner registered under IC 10-14-3.5.

As added by P.L.2-2003, SEC.5. Amended by P.L.134-2008, SEC.1.