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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Buchtel Boil Order CANCELED for SR78, Duncan Dr, Oakley Dr!

Buchtel Boil Order Canceled

The Buchtel Water and Sewer Department has CANCELED the boil order for State Route 78 from Marietta Avenue to the county line, Duncan Drive and North and South Oakley Drive, in the Village of Buchtel. The Buchtel Water and Sewer Department would like to thank Buchtel residents for their patience and understanding during this event.

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TORNADO WATCH FOR ATHENS CO UNTIL 3AM MON, 7/28, BE ALERT TO CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS SEEK SHELTER IF NEEDED!

Tornado Watch

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A TORNADO WATCH FOR ATHENS COUNTY UNTIL 3AM MONDAY, 7/28. BE ALERT TO CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND SEEK SHELTER IF THREATENING WEATHER APPROACHES.

REMEMBER, A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO, LOCAL TV, RADIO OR YOUR CABLE TELEVISION PROVIDER FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

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TORNADO WATCH FOR ATHENS CO UNTIL 9PM SUN, 7/27, BE ALERT TO CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS SEEK SHELTER IF NEEDED!

Tornado Watch

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A TORNADO WATCH FOR ATHENS COUNTY UNTIL 9PM TONIGHT SUNDAY, 7/27. BE ALERT TO CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND SEEK SHELTER IF THREATENING WEATHER APPROACHES.

REMEMBER, A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO, LOCAL TV, RADIO OR YOUR CABLE TELEVISION PROVIDER FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

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