Disaster Groups Assemble

by Erika Brooks on July 6, 2012 at 6:54 am

The Red Cross along with the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department and American Electric Power met with the Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency to discuss where they stand a week after the storm.

Emergency Management Agency director Bo Keck says if you suffered uninsured damage to report the estimates to the EMA office, this will be collected to determine if funding will be provided to Ohio.

AEP gave an update on their restoration of power to the area.


 "We have restored power to approximately 578,000 customers and that’s from a peak of 660,000 in the area surrounding Muskingum County," said Paul Prater of American Electric Power.

The Health Department says old food should have been thrown out and to make your refrigerator is at 40 degrees before putting any food back in.

The Red Cross is still operating three shelters around the area and will continue until everyone has power restored. At this time they are working to start a mobile service for those in need.


"We’re trying to push as much food and water out to townships, communities, some of the hot spots now that we’ve been made aware of. Actually starting this weekend we will have mobile feeding kitchens coming in and going to the surrounding counties, finding those hot spots and feeding," said Marlene Henderson of the Red Cross

AEP and the Health Department say in case the power goes out again be prepared with a cooler and extra ice to store food.