Athens County Emergency Warning Sirens will be tested at 12 Noon 9/3 in Nelsonville, The Plains, New Marshfield

Siren Test

The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 12 noon on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, with a one minute sounding of the sirens. Local residents are asked not to call local emergency agencies inquiring why the sirens are sounding.

The outdoor warning siren system is normally tested on the first Wednesday of every month at 12:00 p.m. The monthly test will be cancelled if severe weather is threatening. If severe weather cancels the test it will be postponed until the next month. There are three conditions that result in the warning sirens being activated in Athens County

Severe Weather

  1. When the National Weather Service initiates a Tornado Warning for an area that includes areas of Athens County.
  2. When the National Weather Service initiates a Severe Thunderstorm Warning (winds 58+ mph, large hail, severe lightening and heavy rains), for an area that includes areas of Athens County.

When there is an actual enemy or terrorist attack against the United States has been detected and is threatening areas of Athens County and protective action should be taken immediately.

When a public safety emergency occurs the sirens will be used to alert the public of emergencies such as hazardous materials incidents and civil disturbances.

When the outdoor warning sirens are sounded for an emergency they will be activated for five minutes. When you hear the warning sirens you should do the following;

  1. DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 to ask why the sirens are sounding as this can overload the 9-1-1 emergency response system.
  2. Remember, outdoor warning sirens are just that, out-door warning. The sirens are meant to be heard outside to signal you to go indoors and tune your radio or television station to the local Emergency Alert System (EAS) Station. As homes continue to become more energy efficient and sound proofing enhanced, outdoor warning sirens that once could be heard decades ago inside of a home can no longer be heard. That’s why other means of warning are in place.
  3. Go immediately to a safe area in your home or building, if high winds, severe thunder and lightning are present.
  4. If you are outside away from possible shelter, lie flat on the ground away from trees until the storm passes. If in a vehicle, get out and find a more substantial structure.
  5. Carry a battery operated radio or NOAA all hazard alert radio to your safe area. You will know when the storm or emergency has passed and when it is clear to leave your safe area.
  6. The Athens County SIRENS DO NOT identify specific types of storms or emergencies, therefore you should immediately seek shelter and tune to local television or radio for further information.
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Wayne National Forest Launches New Mobile Tour

Wayne National Forest Sign

Just in time for the traveling public this Labor Day Weekend! The Wayne National Forest has launched a new mobile-based tour designed to better connect visitors with National Forest System lands in southeast Ohio.

Approximately 39 sites around the Wayne National Forest now have tour stops that can be viewed with either your desktop computer, or your favorite mobile device. Using special mapping tools, each featured stop has multimedia content in the form of pictures, text, audio and videos. Access the tour today by visiting the Wayne National Forest Mobile Tour or http://myoncell.mobi/tours.php?acct_num=17402492008

Areas highlighted by the mobile tour include a range of sites that include recreation areas like the beautiful Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area in Lawrence County, and our popular designated off-highway vehicle trail systems and historical sites including Payne Cemetery. Many of our hiking, biking and horseback riding trails are also featured.

“Through the use of some of the latest technology, the public now has more access than ever before to the Wayne National Forest. I invite you to share in our excitement by using this new communication tool that’s helping us better connect you to many unique and special places around the Forest. I believe you will be surprised just how much you will discover,” stated Forest Supervisor Anthony Scardina.

To access our tour using your mobile phone, dial 740-249-2008 and follow the prompts. When you enter a specific stop number, you will hear a recorded message for that site.

The Wayne joins two other pilot forests, the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado and the Shawnee National Forest in Illinois, as three U.S. Forest Service pilot locations using the new mobile platform. To learn more about the tour, please feel free to stop by any of the Forest’s three offices located in Nelsonville, Pedro, and Marietta. To discover more about the Wayne National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/waynenf and follow us on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/waynenationalfs and Facebook.

Administered by the U.S. Forest Service, the Wayne National Forest is one of 155 national forests nationwide. As the only national forest in Ohio, the Wayne offers numerous avenues for connecting with the great outdoors through its 241,000 acres. Whether your interests lie more in outdoor recreational activities, such as hiking or camping, or include learning about the unique natural and cultural heritage of southeast Ohio, the Wayne welcomes you.

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ATHENS CO FLASH FLOOD WATCH UNTIL 3AM SAT, 8/23, STAY ALERT TO CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS!

Flash Flood Watch

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR ATHENS COUNTY UNTIL SATURDAY 8/23 AT 3AM.

ROUNDS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED INTO TONIGHT. IN THE MUGGY AIR ANY SHOWER COULD CONTAIN A DOWNPOUR. THE SOIL IN MANY AREAS IS WET FROM PREVIOUS RAIN. IF REPETITIVE OR PROLONG SHOWERS OCCUR, FLASH FLOODING ALONG SMALL STREAMS IS POSSIBLE. RAIN AMOUNTS AROUND 2 INCHES WITHIN A FEW HOURS WOULD BE A CONCERN.

STRONG RISES ON SOME HEADWATER RIVERS COULD ALSO OCCUR TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION.

IF YOU LIVE ALONG A SMALL STREAM, MONITOR WATER LEVELS DURING ANY HEAVIER SHOWERS. BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED OR FLOODING IS OBSERVED. COUNTY AND PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS SHOULD ALSO INCREASE THEIR WEATHER AWARENESS.

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Athens Co Rd 32, Congress Run Rd CLOSED, Black Rd to Walnut Hill Rd, Thu, 8/21 8AM to 3PM, please avoid this area!

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be closing County Road 32, Congress Run Road in Trimble Township, between Township Road 1259, Black Road and Township Road 1258, Walnut Hill Road, on Thursday, August 21st 8:00am to 3:00pm, weather permitting. The roadway is being closed for culvert replacement. Please avoid this area.

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Leading safety into the future: Teen driving leading causes of unintentional deaths and injuries

The National Safety Council has examined the leading causes of unintentional deaths and injuries, and is taking action in five areas where it can make the greatest impact. One of these areas is teen driving. Learn how you can get involved.

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Safety tips for motorists to share the road safely with school buses during back-to-school season and throughout the year.

Safety tips for motorists to share the road safely with school buses during back-to-school season and throughout the year.

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Back-to-School Tips for Parents – Teach your children how to stay safe on and around school buses.

Back-to-School Tips for Parents – Teach your children how to stay safe on and around school buses.

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Athens County Area Fire Departments Work Together to Ensure Equipment is Safe for Fighting Fires

2014 FD Pump Testing

Fire departments form around the Athens County area have spent this past week making sure their firefighting equipment is safe and ready to fight fires in emergencies. Every year fire departments are required to have some of their emergency equipment tested and certified that it is in proper working order and safe to use. This past week many area fire departments have brought their fire engines and ladders to Hocking College in Nelsonville for annual pump and ladder testing.

The Nelsonville Fire Department has been hosting this joint testing program since 2002. The testing costs fire departments $150 to have each fire engine pump tested and $2.20 per foot for  ladders to be tested. With the departments working together on the testing the prices are reduced compared to each fire department setting up the testing on their own.

2014 FD Ladder Testing

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Athens Co Rd 7, Johnson Rd has been reopened, drive safely!

Drive-Safely

Athens County Road 7, Johnson Road has been reopened to normal traffic.  Please drive safely!

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Athens County Emergency Warning Sirens will be tested at 12 Noon 8/6 in Nelsonville, The Plains, New Marshfield

Siren Test

The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 12 noon on Wednesday, August 8, 2014, with a one minute sounding of the sirens. Local residents are asked not to call local emergency agencies inquiring why the sirens are sounding.

The outdoor warning siren system is normally tested on the first Wednesday of every month at 12:00 p.m. The monthly test will be cancelled if severe weather is threatening. If severe weather cancels the test it will be postponed until the next month. There are three conditions that result in the warning sirens being activated in Athens County.

1)     Severe Weather

a)     When the National Weather Service initiates a Tornado Warning for an area that includes areas of Athens County.

b)     When the National Weather Service initiates a Severe Thunderstorm Warning (winds 58+ mph, large hail, severe lightening and heavy rains), for an area that includes areas of Athens County.

2)     When there is an actual enemy or terrorist attack against the United States has been detected and is threatening areas of Athens County and protective action should be taken immediately.

3)     When a public safety emergency occurs the sirens will be used to alert the public of emergencies such as hazardous materials incidents and civil disturbances.

When the outdoor warning sirens are sounded for an emergency they will be activated for five minutes. When you hear the warning sirens you should do the following;

DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 to ask why the sirens are sounding as this can overload the 9-1-1 emergency response system.

Remember, outdoor warning sirens are just that, out-door warning. The sirens are meant to be heard outside to signal you to go indoors and tune your radio or television station to the local Emergency Alert System (EAS) Station. As homes continue to become more energy efficient and sound proofing enhanced, outdoor warning sirens that once could be heard decades ago inside of a home can no longer be heard. That’s why other means of warning are in place.

Go immediately to a safe area in your home or building, if high winds, severe thunder and lightning are present.

If you are outside away from possible shelter, lie flat on the ground away from trees until the storm passes. If in a vehicle, get out and find a more substantial structure.

Carry a battery operated radio or NOAA all hazard alert radio to your safe area. You will know when the storm or emergency has passed and when it is clear to leave your safe area.

The Athens County SIRENS DO NOT identify specific types of storms or emergencies, therefore you should immediately seek shelter and tune to local television or radio for further information.

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