Stories tagged with: muskingum county ema

April 11, 2014 - 10:29am
4 days 22 hours ago

Officials from all stages of emergency response play out what could be a real life scenario.

The Emergency Management Agency hosted this table top disaster drill once a year. This year's scenario builds on a drill they did last year. In it there are victims hurt in the river and a tanker that's leaking.

All agencies work together to then figure out how to secure the area, rescue the victims and inform the public.

"It's a learning experience, "said Muskingum County...

January 6, 2014 - 6:51pm
14 weeks 1 day ago

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...

May 7, 2013 - 7:47am
46 weeks 1 day ago

In the event of an emergency first responders may call you.

Through Muskingum County's New 911 system authorities can call those with land line phones to let them know of the situation. This includes areas being evacuated, or where to go and what to do in the event of an emergency situation with-in the county.

"We need to make sure that people know what's going on whether we want them to stay indoors or in their house or if it's a tornado we want them to know a tornado...

March 25, 2013 - 1:02pm
1 year 3 weeks ago

A house bill currently under debate in the State House Finance and Appropriations Committee could change the structure of the Emergency Management Agency in Muskingum County.

House Bill 59 isn't likely to be voted on until mid April, but already it's creating a stir. The bill would allow county commissioners to place the sheriff in charge of the Emergency Management Agency.

While there has bee no formal discussion between the sheriff, commissioners or EMA all three oppose the...

February 21, 2013 - 5:54pm
1 year 7 weeks ago

Muskingum County is prepping for disaster.

The emergency management agency held a disaster drill table top exercise Thursday. The EMA must complete one every year to meet state guidelines. The drill was centered around a mock scenario involving a chemical leak in downtown Zanesville. In addition to EMA participants, local law enforcement, fire agencies and elected officials all took part in the simulated hazmat incident.

"The purpose of this event is to make sure...

January 15, 2013 - 6:06pm
1 year 12 weeks ago

A leak in a downtown Zanesville canal could have had major consequences.

Monday during a routine check of the canal by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources they found the canal was leaking into the river in two places. The areas being looked at are near the Y-bridge. Emergency Management Director Bo Keck said it's similar to a breach in a dam.

"It would basically erode out the ground around the opening and take the canal out of the picture and just erode it clear out,...

January 8, 2013 - 3:22pm
1 year 13 weeks ago

A major accident closes part of the downtown to traffic Tuesday afternoon.

The Zanesville Police Department said that a semi-truck was heading east on Main Street and a Ford Explorer was heading west when they were hit by a white Chevy traveling on 7th Street.

Lt. Bill Shaw said at this time it appears the Chevy ran a red light striking the semi and Explorer.

"7th and Main is one of the problematic intersections from the fact that the downtown area was laid out 200...

September 28, 2012 - 10:47am
1 year 28 weeks ago

The Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency said a semi will spend most of its day on its side.

The EMA said the tanker which was carrying a highly flammable material used to coat aluminum cans tipped over Friday morning in the parking lot of the livestock barns on Zane Street.

Deputy Director Jeff Jadwin said the semi tipped due to the soft ground and the weight of the load. There was no leak in the truck and no one was injured.

Jadwin said the trailer will...

August 1, 2012 - 10:55am
1 year 36 weeks ago

An assessment is under way in Muskingum County to review storm damage from last month's severe weather.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is busy meeting with townships, villages and other officials in 38 counties to review the costs of cleaning up.

Officials must provide time sheets, fuel usage and any contracts to prove the amount spent. Once all the numbers are turned in a report will go to Governor John Kasich.

"The governor will look it over, all the figures...

July 3, 2012 - 7:30pm
1 year 40 weeks ago

Muskingum County officials say that relief efforts are progressing well.

EMA Director Bo Keck said many people are still not sure what to do with their spoiled food.

He said residents should contact their insurance company for reimbursement information regarding any spoiled food and that those with food stamps and other government assistance are urged to contact their case worker for more information.

"Anything that they would possibly get help with through Job and...

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