With the threat of heavy snow over the next couple of days, the City of Auburn reminds citizens to take proper precautions during major winter weather events, including:
- Travel only if necessary and make sure you have a fully-charged cell phone with you.
- If traveling a long distance, let someone know your route of travel and itinerary.
- Keep your gas tank full and carry a shovel, blanket, water, cell phone, charger and snacks in your vehicle.
- Dress for the conditions: coat, hat, gloves, scarf and proper footwear.
- Make sure your pets have access to proper shelter, food and water.
- Check on elderly or handicapped neighbors.
- If possible, refrain from parking on the street so street crews can get through quickly and easily to remove snow.
Citizens can keep updated on weather-related or emergency information from local radio and television stations. Additionally, the City of Auburn will communicate via:
- City website:www.ci.auburn.in.us
- Facebook: City of Auburn Indiana Government
- Twitter: @CityofAuburnIN
It’s important to understand that when snow emergencies are declared, the City of Auburn and DeKalb County are not always under the same restrictions. At times, city streets may be clear, while county roads are impassable. Therefore, before traveling, citizens are encouraged to check information sources for both the City of Auburn and DeKalb County.
“We want our citizens to be safe and take proper precautions. If they live within the city and Auburn is not under a snow emergency, then it’s safe to drive within our city limits,” explains Norm Yoder, Mayor of Auburn. “However, if a citizen lives outside city limits, and county roads have been declared unsafe and impassable, then citizens should follow the restrictions set by DeKalb County. Above all else, use good judgment and err on the side of safety.”
Mayor Yoder also advises citizens to check with employers directly regarding the status of openings and closings.
Different Weather Emergency Levels
The City of Auburn and DeKalb County use the following weather emergency levels:
- Level 1 WARNING: Travel may be restricted to emergency personnel only. Citizens 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 comply with the directions of properly identified officers. Further and more specific restrictions may be included in the disaster declarations.
- Level 2 WATCH: Conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. Only essential travel is recommended (i.e. to and from work, emergency situations, etc.). Emergency action plans have been or should now be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies and other organizations.
- Level 3 ADVISORY: Routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation. Citizens should use caution or avoid these areas. Schools and businesses may begin to implement their emergency action plans.
- Level 4 CAUTION: A condition may develop that limits or hinders travel in isolated areas. No travel restrictions have been placed in effect by county officials, but citizens should be alert to changing conditions.