School Bus Avalanche Protocol
 
The Cordova School District uses the School Bus Avalanche Protocol (download or view PDF) as a guide regarding avalanche forecasts and snow observation information. Steve “Hoots” Witsoe provides local avalanche forecasts and snow observation information.
 
Parents and community members are invited to subscribe to his email list to receive current avalanche forecasts and snow observation information. Additionally, current information can be found at the City of Cordova's website.

To be added to or removed from this email list, please email Steve “Hoots” Witsoe.
 
Steve “Hoots” Witsoe
424-4668 home
429-4668 cell
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School Bus Avalanche Protocol

Hazard Expected Avalanche Activity Protocols
LOWAvalanches are unlikely.The school bus will follow the normal route, east on the highway and back to town on the loop road. No stops will be made in the high hazard area, between Cunningham's and Johnson's.
MODERATEAvalanches are possible, but are expected to terminate above the highway.The school bus will follow the normal route, east on the highway and back to town on the loop road. No stops will be made in the high hazard area, between Cunningham's and Johnson's.
CONSIDERABLEAvalanches are probable and may affect the highway, but are expected to terminate above the highway.The school bus will travel the loop road in both directions. No stops will be made in the high hazard area, between Cunningham's and Johnson's.
HIGHAvalanches are expected to affect the highway.The school bus will only go as far as the 5 mile firehouse.
EXTREME Numerous and/or large avalanches are expected to affect the highway. The school bus will only go as far as the 5 mile firehouse.
 

Current avalanche activity is an important factor in avalanche forecasting. Please report all observed avalanche activity. 

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Other users: USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. THIS INFORMATION IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND IN NO EVENT SHALL THE PROVIDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES RESULTING FROM DISCOMFORT, INJURY, OR DEATH, CLAIMS BY THIRD PARTIES OR FOR OTHER SIMILAR COSTS, OR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF THE INFORMATION.