Outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 12 noon, Wed 4/2/14

Siren Test

The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 12 noon on Wednesday, April 2, 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 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.

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RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FOR ATHENS CO UNTIL 7PM THIS EVENING FOR HIGH FIRE DANGER

Red Flag Warning

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR ATHENS COUNTY WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM THIS EVENING 3/27.

  • WINDS – SOUTH 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.
  • TIMING – THIS AFTERNOON.
  • RELATIVE HUMIDITY – IN THE UPPER TEENS TO LOWER 20S.
  • LIGHTNING – NONE.
  • IMPACTS – FIRES COULD EASILY GET OUT OF CONTROL, ESPECIALLY IN GRASSY AND BRUSH FILLED AREAS

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS, LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN CREATE EXTREME FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT – ENHANCED FIRE DANGER FOR ATHENS COUNTY THUR, MARCH 27TH, INTO EARLY EVENING, NO OPEN BURNING

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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT – ENHANCED FIRE DANGER FOR ATHENS COUNTY THURSDAY, MARCH 27TH, INTO EARLY EVENING. GUSTY WINDS RANGING FROM 20 TO 30 MPH AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY TODAY WILL COMBINE WITH DRY BRUSH AND NATURAL DEBRIS TO CREATE AN ENHANCED THREAT FOR THE SPREAD OF WILDFIRES ACROSS SOUTHEAST OHIO THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING.

OPEN BURNING OF ANY TYPE IS CONSIDERED EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AT THIS TIME AND IS DISCOURAGED. BE VERY CAREFUL OF HEAT AND SPARKS WHILE OPERATING ANY EQUIPMENT IN WILDLAND AREAS. IN ADDITION, AVOID SMOKING IN WILDLAND AREAS OR TOSSING CIGARETTE BUTTS.

OHIO FIRE LAWS PROHIBIT OUTDOOR OPEN BURNING IN UNINCORPORATED AREAS FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM.

Athens Co FREE Scrap Tire Drop-off Event, Sat, 4/12, 8AM to 2PM at Wayne National Forest Headquarters, Nelsonville, OH

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The U.S. Forest Service’s Wayne National Forest and the Athens City-County Health Department is hosting a FREE Scrap Tire Drop-off event Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. at the Wayne National Forest Headquarters, located off US Hwy 33 between The Plains and Nelsonville.

The event is being held in support of the mission of Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful, a regional affiliate of Keep America Beautiful that’s helping create a healthier and safer place to live, work and play.

The event has the capacity to collect up to 1200 scrap tires, which will be later recycled. Once we reach our goal of 1200 tires, we will stop collecting.  No tires will be received after hours. No tires will be accepted from tire shops, dealers, or repair shops. No Tires exceeding 54 in. in height and/or 16 in. in width will be collected.

“The Wayne National Forest is excited to partner again this year with Athens County to help collect scrap tires from the local community. In the last two years, the public has brought in over 4,000 scrap tires through our partnership,” said Forest Spokesman Gary C. Chancey.

The public is reminded that dumping tires is also a felony offense in Ohio. Funding for the event comes from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Athens Co Rd 73, Wolfe Bennett Rd, CLOSED, Cullison Rd to Lick Run Rd, Thur, 3/27, 7am to 3:30pm, please avoid area

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be closing County Road 73, Wolfe Bennett Road, between Township Road 446, Cullison Road and Township Road 275, Lick Run Road in York Township, Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 7am to 3:30pm, weather permitting. The roadway is being closed for culvert replacement. Please avoid this area.

Athens Electronics Recycling Day, Sat, 3/29, 10AM to 2PM, OU Peden Stadium parking lot, Free and open to the public

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An electronics recycling day will be held Sat., March 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Peden Stadium parking lot at Ohio University.

Sponsored by Ohio University Campus Recycling, Athens-Hocking Recycling Center and Accurate IT, community members are encouraged to recycle anything with componentry or an electrical plug, from computers to appliances.

Recycling services are free and open to the public, with the exception of tube-containing television sets and computer monitors, which will require a $20 cash-only charge per item.

This event meets a category of recycling needs identified in the Athens-Hocking Zero Waste Action Plan as “difficult to recycle items.” Below is a list of examples of acceptable electronics and appliances.

In addition to the co-sponsors, local merchants and organizations have offered assistance. The Athens Lowes will process Freon from refrigerators and freezers, and Rural Action, Keep America Beautiful, County Commissioner Chris Chmiel, the City of Athens Water Department and LEAX Water are assisting with publicity.

Examples of acceptable E-waste include:

Computers, keyboards, computer mice, cables, batteries, printers, scanners, Compact discs (floppies and data), VHS tapes, cassette tapes, CD/DVD players, video game systems, cellphones, telephones, flat screen televisions monitors, books and packaging materials related to electronics.

CRT (tube containing) TVs and Monitors will require a $20 charge per item, cash only.

Examples of acceptable appliances/scrap metal items include:

Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioning units, water tanks, stoves, ovens, toasters, blenders, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, lamps, fans and scrap metal.

Examples of non-acceptable items include:

Any hazardous materials including compressed propane tanks, chemicals, light bulbs and tires

For more information, please visit www.ohio.edu/recycle

Contact: Andrew Ladd, recycling and refuse manager, at 740-593-0231 or laddd@ohio.edu