Stories tagged with: muskingum county ema

June 8, 2016 - 3:16pm
4 weeks 19 hours ago

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Wednesday, at the Muskingum County Emergency Agency representatives from Southeastern Ohio counties EMA’s met to discuss how to spend grant money from Homeland Security.

This year Homeland Security has organized Ohio’s 88 counties into eight districts to distribute money for equipment and training should a disaster happen. Southeaster Ohio’s district includes Coshocton, Muskingum, Morgan, Washington, Noble, Guernsey, Harrison...

June 8, 2016 - 2:42pm
4 weeks 19 hours ago

ZANESVILLE, Ohio - Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency received money last week to recycle nearly 600 tires.

The agency received an EPA grant to dispose of tires that have been thrown out along the county roadways. Emergency Management Director, Bo Keck said tires that are improperly disposed of pose a fire hazard and create mosquito breeding grounds.

"Tires are hard to get rid of right now, if you go in and buy new tires they're going to charge you...

January 13, 2015 - 5:33pm
1 year 32 weeks ago

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...

October 16, 2014 - 6:11pm
1 year 45 weeks ago

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...

September 16, 2014 - 4:10pm
1 year 49 weeks ago

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.

"There's no real reason for it...

September 14, 2014 - 6:54pm
1 year 49 weeks ago

 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...

August 12, 2014 - 7:07pm
2 years 2 weeks ago

A day after one confirmed tornado and a second possible tornado passed through southeast Ohio, the local EMA is surveying what all happened.

Muskingum County EMA Director Bo Keck traveled to Short Road near Frazeysburg Tuesday morning to take a look at some of the damage that affected crops and one home in the area.

"If everything were just laying straight over, it'd be a straight-line wind, but these crops and the corn and everything were all laying different...

April 11, 2014 - 10:29am
2 years 19 weeks ago

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...

January 6, 2014 - 6:51pm
2 years 33 weeks ago

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...

May 7, 2013 - 7:47am
3 years 13 weeks ago

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...

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