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JeffCo sheriff’s office enters emergency operations mode

By Gary Lloyd

JEFFERSON COUNTY — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has entered emergency operations mode.

Based on current information, the sheriff’s office plans to have all non-essential employees leaving in time to be home safely no later than 3 p.m.

Sworn personnel will continue normal operations up until road conditions become hazardous to travel. At that point, the sheriff’s office will go into its emergency operations plan, in which four-wheel drive vehicles, vehicles equipped with snow chains and Humvees able to navigate will answer emergency calls only and will be available for critical transport needs.

Cars are abandoned on Chalkville Mountain Road last month
photo courtesy of Keith Kennedy

“We will remain in emergency operations mode for the duration of hazardous road conditions and will be staffing the Jefferson County EMA Operations Center to coordinate any needed response,” Chief Deputy Randy Christian said. “We are urging everyone to monitor their local news outlet, err on the side of caution in getting to their safe place in plenty of time to avoid hazardous travel and to stay put unless there is an emergency. As always our goal is to get through this without injury or loss of life. If everyone is prepared and follows a good safety plan we should easily accomplish that.”

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