Plans in Place After Ike

by Emily Baird on September 21, 2009

It has been about a year since the remnants of Hurricane Ike swept across the state of Ohio, leaving many without power and damage to numerous homes.

Muskingum County EMA Deputy Director, Jeff Jadwin, says not much has changed in planning when it comes to these types of situations.

“The job is a 24/7 job. You got to be here and be available for the people around the clock. We work on plans when we’re not out doing stuff for storms or flooding, ” says Jadwin.

Jadwin says the important thing is to make sure the EMA not only provides training for themselves but other county employees too.

He says the remnants of Hurricane Ike didn’t surprise the office because of weather alerts it have in place to notify its employees when something bad is coming, and he says sometimes the community expects more from the EMA than it is able to give.

“People don’t always understand that we’re just trying to get them assistance. We don’t actually do the assistance. That’s got to come down from the federal government, ” says Jadwin.

A new flood awareness campaign is now in effect. The Ohio Department of Insurance, the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, and the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes met today in Columbus and are teaming up to provide important information to Ohioans when it comes to flood-waters.