The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be closing County Road 19, Hebbardsville Road, between County Road 70, Meadowbrook Road and County Road 80, Enlow Road, Monday, March 10, 2014 from 8am to 3:30pm, weather permitting. The roadway is being closed for culvert replacement. Please avoid this area.
The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be closing County Road 19, Hebbardsville Road, between County Road 70, Meadowbrook Road and State Route 681, Monday, March 10, 2014 from 8am to 3:30pm, weather permitting. The roadway is being closed for culvert replacement. Please avoid this area.
The Athens Co SNOW EMERGENCY has been CANCELED, please drive carefully!
March 2-6 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Ohio. Athens County Emergency Management Agency urges you to exercise your tornado safety plan during this Statewide Tornado Drill. Designing and exercising a tornado safety plan for your establishment and home will help you respond appropriately in a real event.
Here’s how to participate in the 2014 Tornado Drill:
- Listen for the outdoor sirens or other warning system at 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5th.
- Practice your safety plan — go to your designated tornado shelter.
Make a Plan
- Know a safe place to shelter during tornadoes at work, home and school.
- Keep extra emergency supplies on hand (battery-operated radio, food, water, medication).
- Go online to Ready.Gov to learn how to make an emergency plan.
- Exercise your tornado plan during the statewide drill.
- If you can’t drill today, choose another date in March or April.
Athens County is under a LEVEL 1 SNOW EMERGENCY. Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.
Athens County is under a LEVEL 2 SNOW EMERGENCY. Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.
Athens County is now under a LEVEL1 SNOW EMERGENCY. Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are proud to honor First Responders at the Blue Jackets game on Thursday, March 13, 2014 vs. the San Jose Sharks. Being the son of a First Responder, the Blue Jackets right winger, Nathan Horton, was compelled to sponsor this night to honor these heroes among us.
The Blue Jackets and Nathan Horton would like to officially invite all Ohio police and firefighters to Nationwide Arena to experience the thrill of watching a Blue Jackets home game on First Responders Night. As a First Responder, you are eligible to receive exclusive ticket discounts for this special night.
For more information, please contact Steve Zix at 614-246-4366 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Responders Night
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR FREEZING RAIN, SLEET TO SNOW, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FOR ATHENS COUNTY FROM 5 AM SUNDAY 3/2 TO 10 AM MONDAY 3/3. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
- HAZARD TYPES – FREEZING RAIN, SLEET TO SNOW.
- ICE ACCUMULATIONS – UP TO 0.50 INCHES.
- SNOW ACCUMULATIONS – 4 TO 8 INCHES.
- TIMING – STARTING SUNDAY MORNING, PEAKING SUNDAY NIGHT, THEN DIMINISHING ON MONDAY.
- IMPACTS – UNTREATED SURFACES, INCLUDING BOTH ROADS AND WALKWAYS COULD BECOME HAZARDOUS. ICE AND OR WET SNOW CAN ACCUMULATE ON TREES AND POWER LINES, CAUSING POWER INTERRUPTIONS. THE MONDAY MORNING COMMUTE WILL LIKELY BE AFFECTED.
- WINDS – NORTH 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH.
- TEMPERATURES – IN THE MID 20S.
A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW, SLEET AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.
PLEASE REPORT SNOW, SLEET AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BY CALLING TOLL FREE, 800-401-9535, WHEN YOU CAN DO SO SAFELY. THIS PHONE NUMBER IS TO BE USED FOR REPORTING PURPOSES ONLY.
YOU CAN ALSO REPORT WINTER WEATHER BY POSTING YOUR REPORT TO THE CHARLESTON WEST VIRGINIA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FACEBOOK PAGE OR BY USING THE TWITTER HASHTAG, #NWSRLX.
STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE SOURCE OF WEATHER INFORMATION FOR THE LATEST UPDATES. ADDITIONAL DETAILS CAN ALSO BE FOUND AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/RLX.
The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 9:50AM on Wednesday, March 5, 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 March test is at 9:50AM as part of the statewide tornado drill. 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
- When the National Weather Service initiates a Tornado Warning for an area that includes areas of Athens County.
- 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.