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Snow Emergencies: What do they mean?

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It's quickly becoming a regular thing – snow emergencies. We report them all the time, but what do they mean?

"Myself and a lot of other people don't know what they mean. It's just a number to me," said Lance Uffer, a Syracuse, New York native.

He's seen his fair share of snow emergencies.

From state-to-state in the Tri-State area, those emergencies are all a little different.

In Ohio, snow emergencies are dictated by county sheriffs with Level I, II and III designations.  Level III is the most hazardous. In Indiana, it's a statewide system of colors: red, orange and yellow. Red is the most serious.

In Kentucky, it's a little different.

"There is a lot of coordination, a lot of communication between the local offices of emergency management, your local county police departments, road departments, and the state association," said Steve Hensley, director of Kenton County's Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The snow emergency call and levels are decided county by county. Hensley says the counties in the area typically have similar level I, II and III, which is the most severe. Routinely, Kenton County is on the same level as Boone and Campbell.

"We try to routinely coordinate, communicate. Routinely, we are on the same level. If we go to an activation, of a level 1 or a level 2, we try to be consistent," said Hensley.

Getting that information out to the public quickly and efficiently is the goal.

"Public safety is the common goal here, and trying to do things efficiently as possible," Hensley told FOX19.

Hensley adds that incorporated areas can issue their own snow emergencies in Kentucky, but says when a winter blast comes, everyone shares information to make a good decision.

For more on snow emergencies: 

http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory/

http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/snowemergencyclassifications.aspx

http://kentoncounty.org/county_departments/homeland_security_and_emergency_management/county_departments/snow_emergency.htm

http://www.boonecountyky.org/pw/snow.aspx

http://campbellcountyky.org/

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