Highway Work Zones

Motorists are reminded to slow down, put their phone down and pay attention as they drive past work zones. Not all work zones look alike. Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway.

Driver inattention was the number one cause of work zone crashes last year. The average text takes five seconds to read. Traveling at 55 mph, you will travel more than the length of a football field—blindfolded. MoDOT’s slow moving maintenance operations move as slow as 10 mph and if you aren’t paying attention to the road, you will come up on the closed lane very quickly.

Any time highway workers are present on a Missouri roadway – whether it’s a long term lane closure, a moving operation, or shoulder work – your safety and the safety of those workers depends on drivers’ focus and attention. Since 2012, the state Slow Down and Move Over law includes MoDOT vehicles parked with amber/white lights flashing. Motorists are required to slow down and change lanes when approaching MoDOT vehicles or law enforcement and emergency vehicles with lights flashing.

The top five contributing circumstances for work zone crashes: distracted/inattentive, following too close, improper lane usage, too fast for conditions and failed to yield.

Please pay attention and drive safely in work zones. Wait to merge and take turns with the other drivers on the road. We want you and our workers to make it home safe every day.

MoDOT wants every employee and all travelers to get home safe. Check out the Traveler Information Map any time you travel and find out what work zones you’ll encounter before you go

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Schools Start up and bus safety

Bus Safety
For many children, riding the bus or walking to school by themselves represents a new level of freedom and maturity. It also creates new risks that you and your children should be aware of. A majority of bus-related deaths and injuries involve pedestrians — mostly children — who are struck by a bus or injured when they are exiting the bus to cross traffic. Make every trip to and from school a safe one by following these guidelines:

Always stay in sight of the bus driver.
Children should stay at least 10 feet away from the bus (that’s about five “giant steps”) to stay out of the driver’s Danger Zone, and should never cross behind the bus if possible. If they can’t see the bus driver, the driver probably can’t see them.

Don’t hurry!
If your child is running late, or can’t wait to get off the bus ,he or she is more likely to ignore other traffic around the bus, or have his or her things get caught on the bus handrail or door.

Dress appropriately.
Avoid clothing and backpacks with long straps, drawstrings and toggles or other fasteners that may get caught on bus hard-ware, doors and handrails. Even with improved bus designs, children will be safer if they are dressed in clothes without drawstrings at the neck and waist.

Don’t go back!
Teach your child never to dart back or stoop down to pick up items he or she drops near a bus. It’s impossible for the bus driver to see a small child around the wheels of the bus.

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Severe Thunderstorm WARNING

WRIGHT CO SHERIFF: Severe Thunderstorm WARNING for Wright county until 1230pm. Strong winds coming nixle.us/C67E2 Reply with a friend’s # to forward

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Severe Thunderstorm WATCH

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WS 157
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
835 AM CDT SUN MAY 3 2020

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 157 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 400 PM CDT
FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

MOC009-011-015-029-039-043-057-059-065-067-077-085-091-097-105-
109-119-125-131-141-145-149-153-161-167-169-185-203-209-213-215-
217-225-229-032100-
/O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0157.200503T1335Z-200503T2100Z/

MO
. MISSOURI COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

BARRY BARTON BENTON
CAMDEN CEDAR CHRISTIAN
DADE DALLAS DENT
DOUGLAS GREENE HICKORY
HOWELL JASPER LACLEDE
LAWRENCE MARIES MCDONALD
MILLER MORGAN NEWTON
OREGON OZARK PHELPS
POLK PULASKI SHANNON
ST. CLAIR STONE TANEY
TEXAS VERNON WEBSTER
WRIGHT

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Severe Thunderstorm WATCH

WRIGHT CO SHERIFF: National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm WATCH for Wright County until 11pm. Strong Thunderstorms are expected

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Wed 04-08-2020 Weather Event

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF THE MISSOURI
OZARKS AND EXTREME SOUTHEAST KANSAS.

.DAY ONE…THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT.

WEATHER HAZARDS EXPECTED…

ELEVATED HAIL RISK.
LIMITED THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE RISK.
SIGNIFICANT LIGHTNING RISK.

DISCUSSION…

A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL MOVE VERY QUICKLY THROUGH THE OUTLOOK
AREA FROM 5 PM TO 11 PM. A NARROW BAND OF SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS
IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ALONG THE FRONT. WHILE THE STORMS MAY BE
SHORT LIVED, LARGE HAIL UP TO TWO INCHES IN DIAMETER AND DAMAGING
WINDS WILL BE POSSIBLE. THE BEST CHANCES FOR THE SCATTERED STORMS
WILL BE EAST OF MISSOURI HIGHWAY 5, BUT ISOLATED ACTIVITY IS
POSSIBLE AS FAR WEST AS INTERSTATE 49.

DRY AND HOT CONDITIONS THIS AFTERNOON WITH INCREASING WINDS LATE
IN THE DAY WILL PRODUCE AN ELEVATED FIRE DANGER FROM SOUTHEAST
KANSAS INTO CENTRAL MISSOURI, ESPECIALLY ALONG AND NORTH OF
HIGHWAY 54.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY.

COLD TEMPERATURES BEHIND THE FRONT WILL MAKE A FROST OR LIGHT
FREEZE POSSIBLE LATE THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING. ANOTHER
PUSH OF COLD AIR NEXT WEEK WILL INCREASE FROST AND FREEZE
POTENTIAL MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY.

GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS AND A DRY AIR MASS WILL PRODUCE AN ELEVATED
FIRE DANGER FOR MUCH OF THE AREA THURSDAY.

THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE FRIDAY NIGHT AND OVER THE WEEKEND
AS A STORM SYSTEM APPROACHES THEN TRACKS THROUGH THE AREA.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

SPOTTER ACTIVATION MAY BE NEEDED LATER TODAY OR TONIGHT FOR
AREAS EAST OF HIGHWAY 65.

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Questions about Covid 19 and In Place Shelter

“STAY HOME MISSOURI” ORDER
GUIDANCE AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
To further combat the spread of COVID-19 in Missouri, Governor Parson directed Dr. Randall Williams, Director of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, to issue a Stay at Home Order which is effective April 6, 2020.
This Order directs all Missourians to avoid leaving their residences unless necessary and to practice social distancing when they need to travel outside their homes to work, access foods, prescriptions, health care, and other necessities, or to engage in an outdoor activity. This Order does not require all businesses statewide to close or cease operation.
Here are some examples of things you can do under this order:
• Go to grocery, convenience, or warehouse stores
• Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
• Go to medical appointments (check with your doctor or provider first)
• Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery, or drive-thru
• Go to a place of worship – just make sure that no more than 10 people are in any single space at one time and keep 6 feet of distance between you and others
• Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, fish, hunt, golf and be in nature for exercise – just keep six feet of distance between you and others
• Receive deliveries from any business which delivers
Individuals shall not do the following things:
• Visit state office buildings that are closed to the public
• Stand closer than 6 feet of distance from others
• Visit loved ones in nursing homes, long term care facilities, and assisted living homes, unless you are providing critical assistance
Do work places that do not qualify as “essential” businesses have to close?
No. Businesses that are not covered by the guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) discussed in the Order may remain open but must comply with the social gathering and social distance requirements of the Order. This means that no more than 10 individuals can occupy a single space, this includes both employees and customers. Individuals must also maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others. Employees must also practice good hygiene and sanitation to limit the spread of COVID-19. Businesses are also encouraged to allow individuals, where feasible, to work from home to achieve optimum isolation.
Businesses can seek a waiver of the social gathering requirements from the Director of the Department of Economic Development.

What businesses are “essential” under this Order?
The Order refers businesses to guidance by CISA to assist them in determining whether the work their employees do is considered “essential” during the COVID-19 response period. Some examples include, but are not limited to:
• Healthcare workers and caregivers
• Law enforcement, fire fighters, and first responders
• Government operations
• Mental health and Social Service workers
• Pharmacy employees
• Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies and other retail sales of food and beverage products
• Restaurant carryout and quick-serve food operations and food delivery employees
• Farmworkers
• Electricity and Utility Industry Employees
• Critical Manufacturing Employees (medical supply chains, energy, transportation, food, chemicals)
• Petroleum, Natural and Propane Gas Workers
• Transportation and Logistics Workers
• Communications and Information Technology Employees

Workplaces that qualify as essential under the guidance may remain open. Workers onsite should take all necessary precautions to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including practicing social distancing except when performance of job duties require otherwise.

Are there restrictions on essential businesses?
Yes. Workplaces that qualify as essential under CISA guidelines and are engaged in retail sales to the public must limit the number of customers in each retail location to the following standards based on the workplace’s fire or building code occupancy:

• For smaller locations (less than 10,000 square feet), they must maintain 25 percent or less of the authorized occupancy;
• For larger locations (10,000 square feet or greater), they must maintain 10 percent or less of the authorized occupancy.

Employees at the workplace and vendors delivering products into the store are not included in this calculation and do not count toward occupancy limitations.

Are grocery stores considered a business “engaged in retail sales to the public”?

Yes, and such store is subject to the occupancy limitations in the Order.

Grocery stores are strongly encouraged to set aside hours, outside of regular store hours, to allow third-party grocery delivery services to provide grocery shopping services for their customers. This will allow individual shoppers to shop during regular store hours, and reduce congestion during such times. This will further allow such services to function in an environment where their services may be in excessive demand.

Shoppers at all retail stores are also encouraged, when possible, to limit the number of people shopping in stores to 1 person per household at any one time. This will better enable all families to access necessary goods in grocery stores, and further reduce the number of individuals necessary to access such goods.
My local jurisdiction does not have a building or fire code. Do the limitations on square footage apply to my retail business?
Yes. If your business is not subject to fire or building code occupancy limitations set by your local jurisdiction, you should calculate your occupancy limits based on the following formula:
For a business with a retail location less than 10,000 square feet:
A. Building Square Feet divided by 30 = Quotient
B. Quotient x .25 = Occupancy Limit
For a business with the retail location of 10,000 square feet or more:
A. Building Square Feet divided by 30 = Quotient
B. Quotient x .10 = Occupancy Limit
Examples:
A 40,000 square foot grocery store would be able to have 133 customers in the store at any one time.
An 8,000 square foot retail store would be able to have 66 customers in the store at any one time.
My local fire or building code occupancy limitation calculation is lower than that allowed for businesses without any fire or building code limits, or is lower than a neighboring jurisdictions fire or building code limitations. Can I apply the same formula for calculating occupancy for my business as those without a code?
Yes. You may use either the calculation set forth above for businesses without a fire or building code occupancy limitation, or the calculation applied to your business based upon your specific local jurisdiction fire and building code occupancy limitation, whichever is greater.
Example:
My 30,000 square foot retail business has a local jurisdiction fire or building occupancy limitation of 700 people. Using the formula allowing only 10% of the local jurisdiction, I would be able to have 70 customers in my store at any one time. For an identical business without a local fire or occupancy limitation, they would be able to have 100 customers in their store at any one time. Under this guidance, you may have up to 100 customers in your store at any one time.
My 6,000 square foot retail business has a local jurisdiction fire or building occupancy limitation of 150 people. Using the formula allowing only 25% of the local jurisdiction, I would be able to have 37 customers in my store at any one time. For an identical business without a local fire or occupancy limitation, they would be able to have 50 customers in their store at any one time. Under this guidance, you may have up to 50 customers in your store at any one time.
Can childcare places continue operations?
Yes. Daycares, child care providers, or schools providing child care for working families can continue operations but should follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance targeted for those operations.

Do restaurants have to close?

No. Restaurants can be open for delivery, drive-thru, or carryout services as long as the other requirements of the Order are being followed and individuals are encouraged to use those options. Restaurants may provide dine-in services, but can only have 10 people or less within the restaurant for dining service and shall maintain at least 6 feet of distance between all individuals that are not family members. The 10 person limitation includes both employees and customers together.

How will this order be enforced?
The State is working with local health authorities to support the order. Local health authorities and law enforcement maintain the same jurisdiction and authority they have always had.
Can my local health authority impose more restrictive requirements?
Yes. This Order establishes the minimum requirements that must be complied with statewide. Local health authorities may enforce more restrictive public health requirements for businesses or individuals.
When is the Stay at Home order going to be lifted?
The Stay at Home order is in place until late evening on Friday April 24, 2020. The Order will be re-evaluated before it expires to make sure it does not need to be restricted or extended.

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Court House update on Covid 19

We have had to take precautions at the Wright County Court House and throughout the county. Never in my time on this earth do I remember something as big as this. I’ve sat in meetings, been in a phone Conference listening to Governor Parsons and read several hundred emails. Today along with other Elected Officials from the Court House we decided to put a plan of attack together to try and minimize people catching this nasty virus. We are doing our best to protect our employee’s and citizens of Wright County. Please read the attached to see some of our plans. The Wright County Health Department has a lot of informan on the Covid 19. I will try to keep everyone update. Stay safe everyone.

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Flash Flood WATCH

SGF issues Flash Flood Watch valid at Mar 19, 1:00 AM CDT for Cherokee, Crawford [KS] and Barry, Barton, Camden, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Dent, Douglas, Greene, Hickory, Howell, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Ozark, Phelps, Polk, Pulaski, Shannon, Stone, Taney, Texas, Webster, Wright [MO] till Mar 19th 7pm CDT

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Up coming Weather Event for Thursday

Prepare now for the upcoming weather event for late tonight and Thursday. Have you practiced your Tornado drill at your home or work? Nows the time to review this.

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of the Missouri Ozarks and extreme southeast Kansas. .DAY ONE…This Afternoon and Tonight. Weather hazards expected… Limited thunderstorm wind damage risk. Limited flooding risk. Elevated lightning risk. Elevated fog risk. DISCUSSION… Residual flooding of low water crossings will remain possible into at least this evening. Areas of fog are expected to develop tonight across south- central Missouri. Visibilities below a half mile are possible at times. Widely scattered thunderstorms will be possible this evening with cloud to ground lightning and small hail being the primary potential hazards. Thunderstorms will then become more widespread late tonight. A few storms may produce locally damaging wind gusts near and west of the I-49 corridor. Locally heavy rainfall will also continue the threat for flooding of low water crossings and creeks. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Thursday through Tuesday. Strong to severe thunderstorms are then expected on Thursday. All modes of severe weather including damaging wind, large hail and a few tornadoes will be possible. While the entire outlook area will have at least a limited potential for tornadoes, the highest probabilities will exist east of the Highway 65 corridor during the afternoon and evening. Additionally, there will be a continued risk for flooding into Thursday. Brisk and gusty winds are expected outside of thunderstorms from Thursday into Friday with gusts over 30 mph expected. Gusts over 40 mph appear increasingly likely Thursday afternoon across western Missouri and southeastern Kansas.

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