Athens County Emergency Warning Sirens will be tested March 5th at 9:50AM as part of the State Wide Tornado Drill

Siren Test

The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 9:50AM on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, with a one minute sounding of the sirens. 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 March test is at 9:50AM as part of the statewide tornado drill.  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

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

  1. DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 to ask why the sirens are sounding as this can overload the 9-1-1 emergency response system.
  2. 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.
  3. Go immediately to a safe area in your home or building, if high winds, severe thunder and lightning are present.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
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Alert Athens County Mass Notification System Test Wed, 3/5 at 9:50AM as part of State Wide Tornado Drill

Alert Athens Co

Athens County Emergency Management Agency and Athens County 9-1-1 Emergency Communications will be testing the Alert Athens County emergency messaging system across Athens County on Wednesday, March 5th at 9:50AM as part of the Ohio state wide tornado drill.  All test messages will be clearly designated by the phrase, “THIS IS ONLY A TEST”.

Alert Athens County messages can be delivered by email, SMS/text message, over the World Wide Web and by calling your home telephone or cell phone directly. Notifications may include: Road Closings, Boil Orders, Hazardous Weather Warnings and various other emergency and community notices.

All wired telephones in the county are automatically entered into the system.  But to receive messages on your cell phone or by Email you must register with Alert Athens County.  Register now and learn more at http://www.athensema.org.  Alert Athens County is built exclusively to provide secure and reliable communications. Its authenticated service connects city and county agencies to citizens in real-time, delivering information to residents of geographically targeted areas and neighborhoods.

WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FOR ATHENS CO FROM 1PM, SUN 3/2 THROUGH 4PM, MON 3/3.

Winter storm watch

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1PM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH 4PM MONDAY AFTERNOON.

HAZARD TYPES – FREEZING RAIN, SLEET AND EVENTUALLY SNOW.

ACCUMULATIONS – THE POSSIBILITY OF MORE THAN A QUARTER INCH OF ICE FROM FREEZING RAIN AND/OR THE POSSIBILITY OF 4 INCHES OR MORE OF SNOW AND SLEET.

TIMING – STARTING SUNDAY AFTERNOON, PEAKING LATE SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY MORNING, THEN DIMINISHING MONDAY AFTERNOON.

IMPACTS – UNTREATED SURFACES COULD BECOME HAZARDOUS. ICE AND OR WET SNOW COULD ACCUMULATE ON TREES AND POWER LINES, CAUSING POWER INTERRUPTIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:
A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW, SLEET OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.

IF THE THREAT OF SEVERE WINTER WEATHER INCREASES, A WARNING WOULD BE POSTED FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE COUNTIES. MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND.

Join In The Statewide Tornado Drill, Wednesday, March 5 at 9:50 AM

Statewide Tornado Drill 2014

March 2-8 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Ohio. Athens County Emergency Management Agency urges you to exercise your tornado safety plan during the Statewide Tornado Drill at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday, March 5th. Designing and exercising a tornado safety plan for your establishment and home will help you respond appropriately in a real event.

Here’s how to participate in the 2014 Tornado Drill:

  • Listen for the outdoor sirens or other warning system at 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5th.
  • Practice your safety plan — go to your designated tornado shelter.

Get Informed

Make a Plan

  • Know a safe place to shelter during tornadoes at work, home and school.
  • Keep extra emergency supplies on hand (battery-operated radio, food, water, medication).
  • Go online to Ready.Gov to learn how to make an emergency plan.

Get Involved

  • Exercise your tornado plan on Wednesday, March 5th at 9:50 a.m. during the statewide drill.
  • If you can’t drill on March 5th, choose another date in March or April.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW IN EFFECT FOR ATHENS CO UNTIL 11AM TODAY, USE CAUTION!

Winter Weather Advisory

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FOR ATHENS COUNTY UNTIL 11 AM EST THIS MORNING.

HAZARD TYPES – SNOW.

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS – 1 TO 3 INCHES.

TIMING – SNOW WILL TAPER OFF BETWEEN 10 AND 11 AM.

IMPACTS – BRIDGES, OVERPASSES, SECONDARY AND ESPECIALLY UNTREATED ROADS WILL BE THE MOST LIKELY LOCATIONS FOR SLICK SPOTS. THOSE TRAVELING DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE SHOULD ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO REACH THEIR DESTINATION.

TEMPERATURES – LOW TO MID 20S.

VISIBILITIES – BELOW ONE MILE IN THE HEAVIER SNOW.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

PLEASE REPORT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BY CALLING TOLL FREE, 800-401-9535, WHEN YOU CAN DO SO SAFELY.  THIS PHONE NUMBER IS TO BE USED FOR REPORTING PURPOSES ONLY.

YOU CAN ALSO REPORT WINTER WEATHER BY POSTING YOUR REPORT TO THE CHARLESTON WEST VIRGINIA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FACEBOOK PAGE OR BY USING THE TWITTER HASHTAG, #NWSRLX.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE SOURCE OF WEATHER INFORMATION FOR THE LATEST UPDATES.  ADDITIONAL DETAILS CAN ALSO BE FOUND AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/RLX.

A SEVERE THUNDER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR ATHENS COUNTY UNTIL 215AM, FRI 2/21, TAKE SHELTER IF THREATENED

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

A SEVERE THUNDER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR ATHENS COUNTY UNTIL 215AM, FRI 2/21, TAKE SHELTER IF THREATENED

REMEMBER, A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING MEANS THAT SEVERE THUNDERSTORM HAS BEEN SPOTTED.  SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HAIL ¾ INCH OR LARGER IN DIAMETER AND OR WINDS EQUAL TO OR EXCEED ING 58 MILES AN HOUR.  PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.  LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS. 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.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR ATHENS CO UNTIL 6AM FRI 2/21, WATCH FOR CHANGING WEATHER

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR ATHENS CO UNTIL 6AM FRI 2/21.

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.

WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR ATHENS CO FROM 9PM THU, 2/20 TO 4PM FRI, 2/21, GUSTS OF 35 TO 50 MPH POSSIBLE!

Wind Advisory

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY FOR ATHENS COUNTY WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THURSDAY, 2/20 TO 4 PM FRIDAY, 2/21.

WINDS – GUSTS OF 35 TO 50 MPH FROM THE SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST OVERNIGHT, THEN FROM THE SOUTHWEST OR WEST ON FRIDAY. HIGHER GUSTS POSSIBLE IN SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS OVERNIGHT.

IMPACTS – SCATTERED TREE AND POWER LINE DAMAGE CAN OCCUR. LIGHT WEIGHT OBJECTS MAY BE BLOWN ONTO ROADS. MOTORISTS, ESPECIALLY ON HIGH SPEED ROUTES, MAY ENCOUNTER SUDDEN CROSS WINDS. CONSTRUCTION SITES ARE ALSO VULNERABLE LOCATIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:
A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT STRONG GUSTY WINDS ARE EXPECTED. SECURE OUTSIDE OBJECTS AROUND YOUR PROPERTY. MOTORISTS NEED TO USE EXTRA CAUTION, SUDDEN CROSS WINDS MAY CAUSE DRIVING DIFFICULTIES, ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. DEBRIS MAY ALSO BE BLOWN ONTO ROADWAYS.