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State’s Travel Advisory System Standardized

In years past, a travel emergency in some counties meant you would get a ticket if you were on the roads. In other counties, it meant you could still go to and from work.

State law now dictates three advisory levels that will mean the same thing statewide: an “advisory” means to use caution, while a “watch” recommends limiting yourself to essential travel. A “warning” means to stay off the roads, and comes only after a local disaster declaration.

Indiana Homeland Security Director Arvin Copeland said there will be instant notification online.

“The county EMA directors control this themselves,” Copeland said. “Once they update their travel advisory in their county, it automatically in real time comes on our website. You can go on each county’s website, or you come on the state website and you know what the travel advisory is.”

Copeland said most counties handled things the same way, but there were just enough differences to cause occasional confusion.

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