The Village of Glouster announced that they have reduced the weight limit on the Locust Street bridge to 3 tons until the bridge can be replaced. Please use caution in this area.
This is the Ohio state-wide TORNADO DRILL!! Consider what actions you would need to take if there was a tornado know!
Whether practicing in a tornado drill or sheltering during a warning, you are encouraged to remember DUCK!
D – Go DOWN to the lowest level
U – Get UNDER something
C – COVER your head
K – KEEP in shelter until the storm has passed
- Take responsibility for your safety and be prepared before a watch or warning is issued. Meet with household members to develop a disaster plan to respond to tornado watches and warnings. Conduct regular tornado drills. When a tornado watch is issued, review your plan – don’t wait for the watch to become a warning. Learn how to turn off the water, gas and electricity at the main switches.
- Despite Doppler radar, tornadoes can sometimes occur without any warning, allowing very little time to act. It is important to know the basics of tornado safety. Know the difference between tornado watches and tornado warnings.
- Tune in to one of the following for weather information: NOAA Weather Radio, local/cable television (Ohio News Network or the Weather Channel), or local radio station.
- If you are a person with special needs, register your name and address with your local emergency management agency, police and fire departments before any natural or man-made disaster.
- NOAA Weather Radio has available an alerting tool for people who are deaf or have hearing impairments. Some weather radio receivers can be connected to an existing home security system, much the same as a doorbell, smoke detector or other sensor. For additional information, click here.
- The safest place to be during a tornado is a basement. If the building has no basement or cellar, go to a small room (a bathroom or closet) on the lowest level of the structure, away from windows and as close to the center of the building as possible.
- Be aware of emergency shelter plans in stores, offices and schools. If no specific shelter has been identified, move to the building’s lowest level. Try to avoid areas with large glass windows, large rooms and wide-span roofs such as auditoriums, cafeterias, large hallways or shopping malls.
- If you’re outside or in a mobile home, find shelter immediately by going to the lowest level of a nearby sturdy building. Sturdy buildings are the safest structures to be in when tornadoes threaten. Winds from tornadoes can blow large objects, including cars and mobile homes, hundreds of feet away.
- If you cannot quickly get to a shelter, get into your vehicle, buckle your seatbelt and try to drive to the nearest sturdy shelter.
- If you experience flying debris while driving, pull over and park. Choose to either stay in your vehicle, stay buckled up, duck down below the windows and cover your head with your hands, or find a depression or ditch, exit your vehicle and use your arms and hands to protect your head. Never seek shelter under highway overpasses and bridges.
The Plains Water and Sewer District will be CLOSING the intersection of East 4th Street and East 5th Street in The Plains at 8:00AM until 2:00 PM tomorrow, Wednesday, March 22nd. The roadway is being closed for water and sewer line utility work in the area. Please avoid this area.
The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be closing Township Road 113, Warner Road from Township Road 685 Dog Hollow Road to Township Road 112, Dutch Creek Road in Carthage Township, Tuesday, March 21st at 8:00 AM through Friday, March 24th. The roadway is being closed for a bridge deck replacement on a bridge on the northern end of Warner Road. Please avoid this area.
The National Weather Service has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory for Athens County, which is in effect until 12 noon today, Friday, March 17th.
Patchy freezing rain is possible through the remainder of the morning hours. In some cases, the freezing rain may only occur in trace amounts, but this is enough to cause slick roads, creating hazardous driving conditions. Other surfaces will be affected as well, such as sidewalks and driveways.
Other wintry precipitation types are possible, such as sleet and brief light snow resulting in trace accumulations.
- HAZARD TYPES – Patchy freezing rain.
- TIMING – Through noon.
- IMPACTS – The freezing rain will create slick roadways and other surfaces.
- TEMPERATURES – Lower 20s rising into the 30s.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS; A Freezing Rain Advisory means that periods of freezing rain or freezing drizzle will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads. Slow down and use caution while driving.
The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 9:50AM on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be closing Athens County Road 15, Wood Road from Athens County Road 97 Pearlwood Road to Township Road 51, Sams Road in Alexander Township, Wednesday, March 15th and Thursday, March 16th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The roadway is being closed for multiple culvert replacement. Please avoid this area.
The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be closing Athens County Road 15, Wood Road from Athens County Road 97 Pearlwood Road to Township Road 51, Sams Road in Alexander Township, Monday, March 13th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The roadway is being closed for culvert replacement. Please avoid this area.
Reminder!!! Daylight Saving Time happens this weekend. Sunday morning (March 12th) at 2:00 am we will SPRING FORWARD to 3:00 am. Set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night before you go to bed. Don’t forget to replace all your smoke detector batteries, too. And any smoke detector more than 10 years old needs to be replaced.
The Plains Water and Sewer District has canceled the boil order for Clinton Street North of Pine Street including the apartments at 14 Pine Street in The Plains. We want to thank our customers for their patience and understanding during this event.