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The Nelsonville Police Department is saddened to announce the death of Hocking College student Charles L. Cane missing since September 20, 2014. The Columbus Police Department found a body on September 23, 2014 near Lake Shore Drive in Columbus. Columbus detectives believe that the subject found is Mr. Cane. Since all unattended deaths are treated as possible homicides until proven otherwise, the Nelsonville Police Department did not want to prematurely release any information that might interfere with the Columbus investigation. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Cane family.
The CDC confirms first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. had traveled to West Africa. Listen carefully to what Dr. Frieden from the CDC has to say.
The City of Nelsonville has issued a boil order for 15468 to 15420 State Route 691 and 15275 to 14455 County Road 1, Kimberly Road until further notice.
Boil orders are put into place as a result of broken water lines or local flooding. When this happens, the drinking water may have been contaminated which can cause many illnesses.
Here are some tips to keep in mind if a boil order is issued in your area:
- Bring water to a full boil, and boil for three minutes prior to use.
- Use only boiled water for drinking, preparing food or baby formula.
- To improve the flat taste of boiled water, keep cold in refrigerator.
- Put a cup over your faucets as a reminder to not use tap water – not even to brush your teeth!
- Instead of boiling water, you can disinfect water by adding one teaspoon unscented chlorine laundry bleach for every five gallons of water. Let stand 30 minutes before using.
- Be sure to use sanitized food grade containers for storing water.
- To disinfect water storage containers, pour a solution of one tablespoon of unscented chlorine bleach to a gallon of water into a container. Let the solution remain in the container for 10 minutes, then pour out the solution. Rinse with purified water.
- Dispose of ice cubes made when a boil order is in place.
- When washing dishes, make sure to sterilize dishes with a final dip in water that has one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water. Disposable tableware is an option during a boil order.
- Water for bathing doesn’t need to be boiled. Supervise children to avoid water being ingested.
- Immuno-compromised persons such as those with cancer receiving chemotherapy, organ transplant recipients, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, elderly people, and infants may be more susceptible to infection by Crytosporidium and other microbial contaminants, and should be extra careful.
Remember, a boil order does not mean the water is definitely contaminated, but your public water provider cannot know for sure until 24 hours after a sample is taken, as that is when the test is read.
Each year, there are more than 1,000 wildfires in the state of Ohio. Wildfires in Ohio threaten and cause damage to homes, private property, trees and landscapes. More importantly, lives are placed at risk. Most of these fires are preventable. Most of Ohio’s wildfires are the result of arson and careless open-burning (burning of trash, debris and brush). Ohio Law prohibits Open-Burning in the spring and fall.
Open-burning is particularly dangerous in the spring and fall, when the leaves are on the ground, the grass is not green and the weather is warm, dry and windy. As a result, open burning in Ohio is prohibited in unincorporated areas in March, April, May, October, and November, 6 am to 6 pm.
You should always call your local fire department for information about local burning regulations.
Ohio EPA notification is required for many types of open burning in Ohio. Call 614-644-2270 with questions on rules and to find your local EPA office.
EPA Open Burning Basics for Homeowners
Materials NEVER to be burned at any time or any place in Ohio:
- Food Waste
- Dead Animals
- Materials containing rubber, grease, asphalt, or made from petroleum
- Fires must be more than 1000 feet from neighbor’s inhabited building
- No burning when air pollution alert, warning, or emergency is in effect
- Fire/smoke cannot obscure visibility on roadway, railways, or airfields
- No waste generated off the premises may be burned
- No burning within village or city limits or restricted areas
Ohio Open Burning Laws
September 30th marks the National PrepareAthon! Day. Show people how you are taking action to prepare for hazard in your area by using #PrepareAthon. Share with others what you are doing to practice emergency preparedness. Don’t forget to visit http://www.ready.gov/prepare to register your event today.
State Route 13 near Millfield / Morristown has been reopened to traffic. Thank you for your time and patience. Drive carefully!
The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 12 noon on Wednesday, October 1, 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
- 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.
- 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;
- 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.
- 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.
State Route 13 in the Millfield / Morristown area has been CLOSED due to a traffic accident. First responders are on the scene and working to open the roadway as soon as possible. Please avoid this area.
End National Preparedness Month with a fun preparedness drill or activity in your area by registering for America’s PrepareAthon! by visiting: http://www.ready.gov/prepare. It’s a great way to get your friends, family, and community involved in something that could save lives.