The Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency spent Sunday preparing for potentially dangerous storms.
Muskingum County didn’t sustain substantial damage from Sunday night’s storm, but that doesn’t mean the EMA wasn’t staying busy preparing for the worst. EMA Director Bo Keck says his biggest concern was tracking the storm and keeping in constant contact with the National Weather Service.
"We stayed in tune with the National Weather Service and other media outlets to keep track of the storm as it was coming through," explained Keck. "And this actually started two days ago, the National Weather Service got ahold of us and told us this was gonna happen and that they expected it to be a serious storm."
Although most of the damage stayed to the west of Zanesville in Illinois and Indiana, Keck says his office sent out county-wide emergency notifications to the public.
"We have the emergency notification system, reverse 911 and the public opt-in for weather alerts and those were all notifications that were sent out last night prior to the storm as we saw the storm coming into the state of Ohio, we sent out notifications to our opt-in people to let them know that this storm is coming and the potential is very high for damage."
Muskingum County residents with a home phone will automatically receive the calls if the EMA deems necessary. If you don’t have a home phone and want them sent to your cell phone, you can sign up by going online to www.muskingumcounty.org.