EMA, Red Cross and ZMCHD say, “Be Patient”

by WHIZ Reporter on July 2, 2012 at 6:49 am

The big storms that ripped through our area are still causing problems.

Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency officials are asking for patience as they work with area agencies to deal with those problems.

The Muskingum County EMA, the American Red Cross and Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department briefed members of the media Monday on the continuing disaster relief efforts.

EMA Director Bo Keck said a boil advisory remains in effect for those who lost water but said the city did not lose water services as a result of the storms.

Cooling centers have been set up all over the county including the Salvation Army, the Center for Seniors and various churches.

Keck said residents without power are finding ways to get it.

Keck said generators and other FEMA reimbursements are being made available to government agencies only and are not available to the general public.

He reminds those using generators to use them outside and to let them cool down before re-fueling.

Keck also has a message for those waiting for assistance.

"Bear with us, we’re doing the best we can. We’re trying to get the help out to them," Keck said. "Please make use of our shelters and our cooling stations and just pay attention to the local media."

Another press conference is scheduled for Tuesday.

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