Athens County Emergency Warning Sirens will be tested Wed 6/4 at 12 Noon

 Siren Test

The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 12 noon on Wednesday, June 4, 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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Hocking Parkway closed to through traffic at Hocking College, 5/29 – 6/1 for Nelsonville Music Festival

MusicFest Road Closed

The 10th Annual Nelsonville Music Festival is returning to the beautiful rolling hills of Southeastern Ohio May 29th – June 1st for four days that celebrates music and local artistry of the region. The festival offers a warm, accepting environment where local artisans can sell and be recognized for their work, where local, regional and national musicians instill their awe-inspiring talents and festival goers can relax and enjoy the fruits of the regional flavor.

The City of Nelsonville, Hocking College and festival organizers have worked hard to develop a traffic control plan to maintain traffic flow in and around Nelsonville during the festival.

On Thursday morning, May 29th traffic cones will be placed on Loop Road, on the hocking College Campus making it TWO WAY TRAFFIC roadway.  Signs will be posted.  ALL parking on Loop Road is prohibited.  At approximately 4:00 p.m. Hocking Parkway will be closed to through traffic from the Daycare building to the Bookstore intersection for the duration of the festival.  All traffic will be routed on Loop Road.  All THROUGH TRAFFIC will use the Loop Road detour for the duration of the festival.  THROUGH TRAFFIC is encouraged to avoid the area if possible.

Persons attending the Nelsonville Music Festival will need to follow the routes below:

From the South (Athens, SR 691): Vehicles will follow the Loop Road detour around Hocking College.  At the stop sign at the intersection they will proceed straight and be directed into a parking lot.  There is no through traffic.

From the North (Logan, Canal St.): At the stop sign Festival traffic will turn LEFT and be directed to park in a parking lot.

Hocking Parkway should be re-opened to normal traffic on Sunday evening June 1st after the Festival has closed.

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ATHENS CO FLASH FLOOD WATCH FROM 2 PM WED 5/28 THROUGH 6 PM THUR 5/29, WATCH FOR CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS!

Flash Flood Watch

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST OHIO INCLUDING ATHENS COUNTY FROM 2 PM WEDNESDAY 5/28 THROUGH 6 PM THURSDAY 5/29.

ROUNDS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THE SHOWERS WILL BE MOVING SLOWER TONIGHT AND THURSDAY. ANY SHOWER OR STORM COULD CONTAIN A LOCAL DOWNPOUR WITH AN INCH OF RAIN FALLING IN LESS THAN AN HOUR. IF REPETITIVE OR PROLONG SHOWERS HIT THE SAME AREA, FLASH FLOODING CAN OCCUR OR SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION. IF YOU LIVE ALONG A FLOOD PRONE SMALL STREAM, MONITOR WATER LEVELS OFTEN, EVEN LATE TONIGHT IF REPETITIVE OR PROLONG RAIN OCCURS. BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD STREAM LEVELS RISE QUICKLY OR A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IS POSTED. COUNTY AND LOCAL OFFICIALS SHOULD ALSO HEIGHTEN THEIR WEATHER AWARENESS.

Nelsonville Aquatic Center opens for 2014 Swim Season, Sat, 5/24, open daily 12noon to 7:30PM

Nelso Aquatic Center

Nelsonville Aquatic Center will open for the 2014 Swim Season beginning Saturday, May 24, 2014. Nelsonville Aquatic Center is open 7 days a week from 12:00 p.m. (noon) to 7:30 p.m.

DAILY PRICES

0-5 years $2.006-17 years $3.00Adults $4.00Seniors over 60 FREE

SEASON PASSES

Household Pass – Up to 6 people – $150.00, each additional person is $20.00Adult Pass – $80.00Youth Pass – $75.00Senior Pass – Over 60 FREE

Questions Call – (740) 753-7003

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR ATHENS CO UNTIL 9PM WED, 5/21, WATCH FOR CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS!

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR ATHENS COUNTY UNTIL 9PM WEDNESDAY, 5/21.

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.