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Working in the Winter Blast

Hoosiers are encouraged not to be on the roads in travel advisories, but some workers must report to their jobs. Law enforcement and hospital workers fall in that category. Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing says his department has a plan in place to get employees to work safely.
There are three different levels of travel advisories, all warning you to stay off the roads. But there are some people who have to get to work.

"We're a 24 hour a day operation. We have to operate," said Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing.

Sheriff Ewing and his staff put together their plans through many conference calls and meetings. They found some holes after the first winter blast.

"We started getting our people in line and making sure they realize that they're subject to call in," said Sheriff Ewing.

Part of that plan includes giving employees a place to sleep and a ride to work. Sarah Loudermilk works in dispatch. During last month's storm she was snowed in but a deputy picker her up for her shift.

"I'm old enough to remember the blizzard of '78 so it wasn't quite to that extent but it's been a long time since I've had to walk through snow above my knees to get down my sidewalk to get into the car to go to work," said Loudermilk.

Deputies will switch to four-wheel drive when the snow starts to accumulate. Like the last storm, they will pick up co-workers who can't make it in on their own. Sheriff Ewing told his workers days ago they could be on call during this storm. It's a gesture Loudermilk appreciates when it comes to severe weather.

"It saves you from trying to reinvent the wheel every time we get a snow storm," said Loudermilk.

Representatives from Regional Hospital and Union Hospital say employees are allowed to stay overnight in extra rooms as needed.
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