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By JANNAYA ANDREWS
At Tuesday's meeting, the Adams County Commissioners approved a new travel alert system for Adams County, effective immediately. The new alert system was devised by Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director John August in order to comply with a new Indiana law which was passed in an effort to form a more unified emergency system throughout the state.
The new alert system is as follows:
"Advisory" — 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. Road conditions are poor.
"Watch" — 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. Emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations.
"Warning" — The highest level of local travel advisory means that travel may be restricted to
emergency management workers only. During a "warning" advisory, individuals are directed to: (A) refrain from all travel; (B) comply with necessary emergency measures; (C) cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operation plans; (D) obey and
comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers; (E) county offices will be closed.
Also, private business decides whether employees need to report for work.
Officials stressed that no code mandates work stoppage for private business.