The ice jam on the Muskingum River is continuing to build up.
The ice is located from the Dillon Road area back to the Y-Bridge. According to the Director of the Muskingum County EMA, Bo Keck, the ice has been piling up for about a week now. Though there aren't any big concerns with it right now, it is being closely monitored by officials.
"We are watching it daily as well as the County Engineer and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. We're all keeping an eye on it to...
The Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency recently received an important grant.
It came through the Department of Homeland Security. The grant was applied for through the State of Ohio EMA and was a competitive process between Ohio's 88 counties. Director of the Muskingum County EMA, Bo Keck told us what the money will go toward.
"There's a little over $100,000 for training. So we will be training first responders. Fire and EMS personnel, within the 11 counties for...
State environmental officials have determined what caused the mysterious sheen on the Muskingum River.
Test results from the state EPA reveal that the sheen is a naturally occurring diatom algae bloom. The director of the Muskingum County EMA, Bo Keck, said that the algae forms at the bottom of the river and the dams cause it to give off an oil-like sheen on the surface.
Though officials know what it is, they do not know what caused it.
The Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency reported a significant amount of an oil-like substance in the Muskingum river Sunday evening.
The substance has been found as far north as Tuscarawas and goes through Coshocton and Muckingum Counties and ends near the lock and dam area in Zanesville. The source is still unknown, but tests are being done all along the river to find out what it is. The EMA Director of Muskingum County, Bo Keck, said that the levels are much heavier...
Officials from all stages of emergency response play out what could be a real life scenario.
The Emergency Management Agency hosted this table top disaster drill once a year. This year's scenario builds on a drill they did last year. In it there are victims hurt in the river and a tanker that's leaking.
All agencies work together to then figure out how to secure the area, rescue the victims and inform the public.
"It's a learning experience, "said Muskingum County...
In the event of a disaster or weather emergency, the Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency teams up with other agencies to make sure the community stays safe. With the frigid temperatures and high winds, a "warming center" has been set up at the Salvation Army.
"In this situation with the severe weather coming, we're looking at a place where people can go, what they call a warming center or even a shelter," said EMA Director, Bo Keck. "And all of us this...
In the event of an emergency first responders may call you.
Through Muskingum County's New 911 system authorities can call those with land line phones to let them know of the situation. This includes areas being evacuated, or where to go and what to do in the event of an emergency situation with-in the county.
"We need to make sure that people know what's going on whether we want them to stay indoors or in their house or if it's a tornado we want them to know a tornado...
A house bill currently under debate in the State House Finance and Appropriations Committee could change the structure of the Emergency Management Agency in Muskingum County.
House Bill 59 isn't likely to be voted on until mid April, but already it's creating a stir. The bill would allow county commissioners to place the sheriff in charge of the Emergency Management Agency.
While there has bee no formal discussion between the sheriff, commissioners or EMA all three oppose the...
The emergency management agency held a disaster drill table top exercise Thursday. The EMA must complete one every year to meet state guidelines. The drill was centered around a mock scenario involving a chemical leak in downtown Zanesville. In addition to EMA participants, local law enforcement, fire agencies and elected officials all took part in the simulated hazmat incident.