The decision to call a snow emergency level is a specific and difficult one. The Sheriff makes the decision based on information he and his designees gather. Once the Sheriff announces a level change, that change is immediately put on the Sheriff's Office telephone (419-332-2613) recording for the public to access, as well as given to all local media. Tune to your favorite radio or TV stations for snow emergency levels. Media notified by the Sandusky County Sheriff's Office are: Eagle 99 (radio), Fox 36, NBC 24, 13 ABC, WTOL 11, WGTE 30 (TV).
The decision of the Sheriff to declare a snow emergency will come after consulting with the County EMA (Emergency Management Agency), elected officials, the County Engineer, ODOT (Ohio Department of Transportation), and on-duty deputies. A Snow Emergency has three levels...
Level 1 - A Level One Snow Emergency means that roads (township and county, mainly secondary) are hazardous with the possibility of blowing and drifting snow. Roads are icy and drivers should use caution, if they choose to drive.
Level 2 - A Level Two Snow Emergency means that roads are hazardous (including primary roads) with blowing and drifting snow a possibility. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be on these roadways. Employees should contact their employers to see if they should report to work.
Level 3 - A Level Three Snow Emergency means that roads are closed to all non-essential personnel. No one should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on any roadway in the county may subject themselves to citation or arrest.