As our Nation takes strict posturing to isolate and prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19, we have also stopped vital donation of blood through the Red Cross. Local supplies have dipped to as low as a three-day supply. It’s true the world may have slowed in the face of COVID-19’s threat, but the need of blood for regular transfusions or trauma patients has not. Please consider donating. All necessary protection precautions will be employed by the Red Cross workers taking blood. The life you save may be that of a loved one. Please donate.
Timing and Overview:
A risk of severe weather will exist area-wide Saturday night.
- First round of storms crosses through overnight and tapers off Saturday morning.
- After a break during the day Saturday, another round of storms arrive Saturday night ahead of a cold front.
- Some of these storms may become severe as the line moves east across nearly the entire region Saturday night, greatest threat generally being across portions of southeast Ohio and eastern Kentucky.
- Greatest threat with these storms will be damaging wind gusts with a lesser threat of hail and isolated tornadoes.
Today’s Severe Weather Threats:
Winds: Locally damaging wind gusts around 60 mph.
Hail: Small hail possible with isolated 1″ hail.
Rainfall: Strongest storms may product a quick 1/2 to 1 inch of rain. Isolated high water impacts possible.
Tornadoes: Low threat confined along the Ohio River Valley.
As COVID-19 spreads across the region, medical facilities and EMS have experienced an excessive use rate of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The increased usage rate along with a massive back order on replenishment, will soon put our medical staff and responders at risk. If you have any PPE, (N95 or other medical masks, exam gloves, new protective goggles, or medical gowns), please contact the Athens County Health Department. The items donated will be accounted for and replenished as supplies allow to do so.
Please follow below procedure to donate. Thank you.
The Palos Covered Bridge Repair project is complete and Red Rock Road has been reopened.
Baker Road (CR10) will close Monday, 2/3/2020 for approximately 4 weeks. It will be closed between Brown Road and Fox Lake Road for a landslide repair project.
Swett Hollow (CR 94) will be closed tomorrow, 1/31/20, from 9am-3pm for a culvert replacement. The closure will be between the addresses of 13850 and 13854.
The Pillowcase Project – a Disaster Preparedness Program for 2nd-6th Graders
When disasters strike, they often happen without warning. Whether it’s fire, flood, tornado or other emergency, children are most vulnerable if they don’t know how to react quickly and take the steps necessary to stay safe.
The American Red Cross is offering a free program to help children be prepared, not scared, when disasters happen. The Pillowcase Project is a disaster preparedness program for 2nd-6th grade students that teaches them:
- How they and their households can best prevent, prepare for and escape from a home fire
- What causes natural hazards like earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes
- How they and their households can prepare for and stay safe when a natural hazard becomes an emergency
- Practical skills to help cope with and stay calm during emergencies and other stressful situations
- What tools and practices they and their households can use to be prepared for all types of emergency situations
Students will receive the My Preparedness Workbook and a sturdy pillowcase to hold their own emergency supplies kit.
Educators will receive a Teacher’s Packet with classroom posters, hands-on lesson plans and an Educational Standards Report.
We know you share our goal that all children have the skills and knowledge to stay safe in an emergency. Contact us to schedule a FREE presentation today! Provide your students and their families with this vital emergency preparedness training from the Red Cross.
If you have any questions, please contact us
David Bradley Disaster Program Specialist
CR18 Potter Road; Closed from SR550 to Emma Wyatt Road
CR34 Dutch Creek Road; Closed from SR690 to Ames TWP Pete Smith Road
SR56 – As of 1:56PM; SR56 between Vinton County and Athens Corp is closed due to high water.
SR681 – As of 1:47PM; SR681 has restricted travel between SR356 and US 50 due to high water.
The forecast is looking wet into the weekend due to an approaching warm front. Rain will move into Ohio late tonight and persist through Saturday night – heaviest on Saturday.
The worst is projected for Northwest Ohio with significant river flooding possible. At this time, southeast Ohio isn’t forecast to encounter river flooding.
High Winds will occur Saturday through Sunday as the following cold front passes. The combination of saturated ground and strong wind is prime for trees to blow over – stay alert.