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Fires. Road closures. Gas leaks. How will you find out about city-wide emergencies and disasters?
Your safety is our top concern. Early warning helps save lives and property. That’s why Nelsonville wants to make sure you know about emergencies and disasters as they happen.

The Alert Athens County System will let you know about issues that may affect your safety. The Alert Athens County system will allow the City of Nelsonville to contact thousands of residents in seconds so you find out about an emergency right away.

Receive important messages from the city on your phone, email, and more.
Alert Athens County System can deliver messages to you any way you want—on your home phone, cell phone, email, and more. This way, we can reach you in any emergency. We may also use the system in non-emergency situations to let you know about important City-related events, such as meetings, parade closures, or street closures.

How does it work?
The process begins when the City issues a message about a potential safety hazard or concern. Messages will be sent to all standard voice and text communication devices, including listed land line phones, cell phones, e-mail, and more. If you don’t confirm receipt of the message, the system will try to reach your second contact number or email. The system will continue trying to contact you until it receives a confirmation from you.

The success of this service relies on YOU. Having your latest contact information is the only way to ensure that we can contact you in an emergency. Please update your contact information as soon as possible. Updating is easy and only takes a few minutes, just go to http://www.athenscountyema.org and click on the link or http://miniurl.com/z0mu.

Thank you in advance for you cooperation and participation in this important program.

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Athens Co Emergency Warning Sirens test May 1st at 12 noon in Nelsonville and The Plains

Siren Test

The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville and The Plains will be tested at 12 noon on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, with a one minute sounding of the sirens. This time change is so Athens County can participate in the statewide tornado drill.  Local residents are asked not to call local emergency agencies inquiring why the sirens are sounding.

 The outdoor warning siren system is normally tested on the first Wednesday of every month at 12:00 p.m. The monthly test will be cancelled if severe weather is threatening. If severe weather cancels the test it will be postponed until the next month.  There are three conditions that result in the warning sirens being activated in Athens County.

1)     Severe Weather

a)     When the National Weather Service initiates a Tornado Warning for an area that includes areas of Athens County.

b)     When the National Weather Service initiates a Severe Thunderstorm Warning (winds 58+ mph, large hail, severe lightening and heavy rains), for an area that includes areas of Athens County.

2)     When there is an actual enemy or terrorist attack against the United States has been detected and is threatening areas of Athens County and protective action should be taken immediately.

3)     When a public safety emergency occurs the sirens will be used to alert the public of emergencies such as hazardous materials incidents and civil disturbances.

When the outdoor warning sirens are sounded for an emergency they will be activated for five minutes. When you hear the warning sirens you should do the following;

DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 to ask why the sirens are sounding as this can overload the 9-1-1 emergency response system.

Remember, outdoor warning sirens are just that, out-door warning. The sirens are meant to be heard outside to signal you to go indoors and tune your radio or television station to the local Emergency Alert System (EAS) Station. As homes continue to become more energy efficient and sound proofing enhanced, outdoor warning sirens that once could be heard decades ago inside of a home can no longer be heard. That’s why other means of warning are in place.

Go immediately to a safe area in your home or building, if high winds, severe thunder and lightning are present.

If you are outside away from possible shelter, lie flat on the ground away from trees until the storm passes. If in a vehicle, get out and find a more substantial structure.

Carry a battery operated radio or NOAA all hazard alert radio to your safe area. You will know when the storm or emergency has passed and when it is clear to leave your safe area.

The Athens County SIRENS DO NOT identify specific types of storms or emergencies, therefore you should immediately seek shelter and tune to local television or radio for further information.

FROST ADVISORY FOR ATHENS CO FRI 4/26, 2 AM TO 9 AM

Frost Advisory

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FROST ADVISORY FOR ATHENS COUNTY, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 9 AM EDT FRIDAY.

TEMPERATURES – IN THE LOWER TO MID 30S
TIMING – LATE TONIGHT THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY MORNING
IMPACTS – SENSITIVE VEGETATION COULD BE DAMAGED OR KILLED

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS – A FROST ADVISORY MEANS THAT FROST IS POSSIBLE. SENSITIVE OUTDOOR PLANTS MAY BE KILLED IF LEFT UNCOVERED.

ATHENS CO FREEZE WARNING FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 9 AM SUN 4/21

Freeze Warning

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WARNING FOR ATHENS COUNTY WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 9 AM SUNDAY 4/21. THE FREEZE WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

TEMPERATURES: IN THE UPPER 20S TO LOWER 30S

TIMING: LATE TONIGHT INTO EARLY SUNDAY MORNING

IMPACTS: SENSITIVE PLANTS COULD BE DAMAGED OR KILLED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A FREEZE WARNING MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE IMMINENT OR HIGHLY LIKELY. THESE CONDITIONS WILL KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION.

FREEZE WATCH FOR ATHENS CO LATE SAT NIGHT 4/20 THROUGH SUN MORNING 4/21

Freeze Watch

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WATCH FOR ATHENS COUNTY, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE SATURDAY NIGHT 4/20 THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING 4/21.

TEMPERATURES : IN THE UPPER 20S TO LOWER 30S

TIMING: LATE SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING

IMPACTS: SENSITIVE PLANTS COULD BE DAMAGED OR KILLED

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:

A FREEZE WATCH MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE POSSIBLE.  THESE CONDITIONS COULD KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION.

Fires. Road closures. Gas leaks. How will you find out about emergencies? ALERT ATHENS COUNTY

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Fires. Road closures. Gas leaks. How will you find out about emergencies and disasters?

Your safety is our top concern. Early warning helps save lives and property. That’s why Athens County wants to make sure you know about emergencies and disasters as they happen.

Athens County will use the Alert Athens County system to let you know about issues that may affect your safety. The Alert Athens County system will allow public safety officials to contact thousands of residents in seconds so you find out about an emergency right away.

Receive important messages from the City on your phone, email, and more.

The Alert Athens County system can deliver messages to you any way you want—on your home phone, cell phone, email, and more. This way, we can reach you in any emergency. We may also use the system in non-emergency situations to let you know about important events, such as meetings, road closures, or boil orders.

How does it work?

The process begins when public safety officials issues a message about a potential safety hazard or concern. Messages will be sent to all standard voice and text communication devices, including listed land line phones, cell phones, e-mail, and more. If you don’t confirm receipt of the message, the system will try to reach your second contact number or email. The system will continue trying to contact you until it receives a confirmation from you.

Your help by April 30th is critical.

The success of Alert Athens County relies on YOU! Having your latest contact information is the only way to ensure that we can contact you in an emergency. Please register for Alert Athens County as soon as possible. Registering is easy and only takes a few minutes, just go to http://miniurl.com/z0mu.

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Athens County is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 11PM, Tue 4/16/13

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Athens County is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 11PM, Tue 4/16/13, watch for changing weather conditions!

REMEMBER, A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO, LOCAL TV, RADIO OR YOUR CABLE TELEVISION PROVIDER FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.