In the event of a disaster or weather emergency, the Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency teams up with other agencies to make sure the community stays safe. With the frigid temperatures and high winds, a "warming center" has been set up at the Salvation Army.
"In this situation with the severe weather coming, we're looking at a place where people can go, what they call a warming center or even a shelter," said EMA Director, Bo Keck. "And all of us this morning, we met and we designated the Salvation Army as our warming center or shelter if needed for the public."
Keck says the Salvation Army can hold several hundred people and will be open 24 hours. The EMA has also been in contact with local utility companies, checking for downed power lines and other power outages.
"We're gonna use our notification system later today to reach out to some of the opt-in people that are in the system to remind them to keep track of their family and friends and neighbors and the elderly and of course their pets.
You can opt-n for notifications on weather alerts, water boils or road closures, by going online to www.muskingumcounty.org.