EMA Pleased With Relief Efforts So Far

by WHIZ Reporter on July 4, 2012 at 12:02 pm

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 Family Services, or area aging or whatever agency they use normally, they should re-contact those people now and see what assistance they may have for them," said Keck.

Debris sites are busy around the county and Keck said crews are working to contain those piles for additional trees and brush.
The EMA Director states that debris drop-off sites are not to be used for construction and housing debris.

Keck reiterated that currently FEMA assistance is only being made available to critical county infrastructures and not for the general public.

American Red Cross Executive Director Marlene Henderson said the number of people taking advantage of cooling centers and overnight shelters has increased.

"I think the temperature and the humidity is a lot higher today than what it was yesterday and we’re in what, day 4? You know people are, they’re needing the relief right now," said Henderson.

She said the following cooling centers and overnight shelters are still opened for those who need relief form the heat:

Muskingum County:

  • The Salvation Army on Putnam Avenue in Zanesville – Open 24 hours.
  • The Muskingum County Center for Seniors at the Sunrise Center.
  • Christ’s Table on 6th Street from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. unless needed longer.
  • Pleasant Grove Church, located at 400 Pleasant Grove Road.
  • Faith United methodist Church on the corner of Blue and Fairmont Avenues.
  • North Terrace Church of Christ from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Guernsey County:

  • Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center at 7033 Glenn highway in Cambridge – Open 24 hours.
  • Guernsey County Senior Center at 1022 Carlisle Avenue in Cambridge.

Perry County:

  • Crooksville High School at 4075 Ceramic Way – Open 24 hours.
  • The Perry County Fairgrounds in New Lexington.

Morgan County:

  • Morgan County Senior Center from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


  • Kimbolton Fire Department.

Keck added that the Red Cross has requested water and ice for those stations.

GFS of Springfield has donated a refrigerated truck to the county to use for supplies for cooling stations.