The Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency acts as a watchdog that is prepared to assist during weather storms.
Director Bo Keck says his day starts early when he receives notifications through his cell phone of any weather watches or warnings. Next, he goes onto a computer to check the United States Geological Survey in order to view the water levels for all the waterways in our area. Keck says it’s crucial to watch these different levels.
"It’s interesting. When the storm goes through you can look up at Coshocton or Licking County, and you see theirs going up, and then a couple hours later, you see ours going up. The big thing to watch is McConnelsville and Zanesville; we base everything on that. When we see them getting close to flood stage, then we know there is some flooding in our rural areas," said Keck.
Keck says if there is a weather issue, the fire department usually responds first. The Muskingum County EMA then keeps track of the weather and offers any assistance that is needed. Keck says it’s important for all the local departments and organizations to work together.
"That’s what it’s all about. It’s all cooperation between each other. We keep each other posted, and we check with each other constantly from the onset of any storm, whether it’s water related or any other type storm," said Keck.
If you would like to learn more about the Muskingum County EMA, you can call (740) 453-1655.