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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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,...
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...