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The highest level of local travel advisory, means that travel may be restricted to emergency management workers only. During a "warning" local travel advisory, individuals are directed to:
  • refrain from all travel;
  • comply with necessary emergency measures;
  • cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operations plans; and
  • obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.

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.

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.

These travel advisory levels are intended to help the public and media understand when we want to restrict travel to better protect the public which allows local government to better address the problems at hand. This solution has been beneficial during floods, blizzards and other emergencies. Please let us know if you have any questions, and as always, we welcome your feedback.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Who has the authority to change my county travel advisory level?
a. Emergency management has the ability to change the level. Some counties require the county commissioners to authorize the change, while others have the sole authority to change the status. If you are not sure, please consult with your county commissioners.

2. How does this apply to my county ordinances?
a. Some counties have ordinances stating how travel restrictions shall be implemented. We recommend you follow the procedures associated with your county ordinances and use the travel advisory levels to communicate your desired status.

3. What if our county has different levels from the state is using?
a. Many counties have different levels and/or snow emergency levels. To ensure consistency across the state, please choose the travel advisory level that best applies to your county terminology.

4. What is the difference between a "Warning" and a disaster declaration?
a. A travel emergency, or limiting travel to only public safety personnel, may be necessary during non-disaster related emergencies. A disaster declaration is a document signed by county commissioners and filed with your county clerk’s office. An example would be the large commercial fire in Shelbyville a few years ago. There was no benefit to declaring a disaster as the incident was isolated to only the insulation factory; however, several roads were closed and a large number of responders were heading to the scene. It may have been helpful to issue a "Warning" to limit travel to only emergency personnel or emergency situations.

5. Who enforces these levels?
a. Please keep in mind the information presented to the public from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is only an advisory and is not associated with any state laws. County ordinances may have penalties associated with them and we suggest you consult with your county commissioners, county attorney and/or county law enforcement to determine the requirements of local ordinances.


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