Snow Emergency Guidelines
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The Ohio Attorney General, in response to an inquiry on the power of any County Sheriff during a snow or weather-related emergency, gave an opinion as to what the Ohio Revised Code says in that regard. The opinion reads that the Sheriff may declare a "snow emergency" and temporarily close any township, county or state road within his jurisdiction for the preservation of public peace.

This decision will come after consulting with the County EMA (Emergency Management Agency), elected officials, the County Engineer, ODOT 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.

The decision to call any of the above levels is a specific and difficult one. The Sheriff makes the initiative based on information he and his designees gather. These decisions shall be given to all local media. Please do not call the Sheriff's Office or 9-1-1 during such emergencies, listen to your favorite radio station for information. If they do not have the information, or are not giving it out, change to another station. The Sheriff will immediately announce when conditions have downgraded and the level changes.


Scioto County
Current Snow Emergency Level:          
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Marty V. Donini, Sheriff
Scioto County Sheriff's Office
1025 Sixteenth Street
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
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Emergency...........................911
Dispatch.....................354-7566
Corrections/Jail....740-355-8277
Investigations.......740-355-8245
Civil Division........740-355-8269
Fax......................740-355-8237


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History of Emergency Snow Levels
2004 - 2005


LEVELDATETIME

LEVEL 1     March 1, 20059:30 p.m.
LEVEL 1 CANCELLED  March 2, 2005      10:25 a.m.
LEVEL 1     March 12, 2005      5:00 a.m.
LEVEL 1 CANCELLED  March 12, 2005    10:30 a.m.
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History of Emergency Snow Levels
2005 - 2006


LEVELDATETIME

LEVEL 1    December 8, 2005    5:30 p.m.
LEVEL 1 CANCELLED December 9, 2005    8:45 a.m.
History of Emergency Snow Levels
2006 - 2007


LEVELDATETIME

LEVEL 2    February 6, 2007      4:00 p.m.
LEVEL 2 CANCELLED February 7, 2007    11:40 a.m.
LEVEL 1    February 7, 2007    11:40 a.m.
LEVEL 1 CANCELLED February 7, 2007       8:00 p.m.
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History of Emergency Snow Levels
2008 - 2009


LEVELDATETIME

LEVEL 2    January 27, 2009      8:20 a.m.
LEVEL 2 CANCELLED January 29, 2009      5:00 a.m.
LEVEL 1    January 29, 2009      5:00 a.m.
LEVEL 1 CANCELLED January 31, 2009              6:00 p.m.
LEVEL 1    February 3, 2009     10:00 p.m.
LEVEL 1 CANCELLED February 4, 2009       3:30 p.m.
History of Emergency Snow Levels
2009 - 2010


LEVELDATETIME

LEVEL 1   January   26, 2010             6:55 a.m.
LEVEL 1 CANCELLED January   26, 2010           11:34 a.m.
LEVEL 1   February   9, 2010             6:42 a.m.
LEVEL 1 CANCELLED February 11, 2010             1:30 p.m.
LEVEL 1   February 15, 2010           10:15 a.m.
LEVEL 2    February 15, 2010    11:55 p.m.
LEVEL 1   February 16, 2010             3:25 p.m.
LEVEL 1 CANCELLED February 17, 2010             1:50 p.m.
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