The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 12 noon on Wednesday, December 3, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The holiday shopping season is already well underway and Black Friday is this Friday, 11/28. We would like to remind you to keep these basic safety tips in mind this coming weekend and throughout the holiday season.
- Keep gifts and other items of value out of sight in your vehicle.
- Make sure your vehicle is locked and take your keys with you.
- Don’t leave wallets, purses, cash, or credit cards in your vehicle.
- If you start your shopping late at night, or early in the morning, it is always good to go with a friend or relative.
Every year there are parked vehicles illegally entered during the holidays, sometimes with a large loss of gifts and other valuables. Opportunists wander the parking areas looking for tempting targets. Please don’t give them any reason to notice your vehicle. Law Enforcement will be patrolling shopping areas, but don’t give thieves a reason to look at your vehicle. We hope you have a safe and fun shopping adventure.
Nelsonville City Council has a regular meeting on Monday, November 24th, starting at 7:00 pm. The meeting is in City Council Chambers at 211 Lake Hope Drive, Nelsonville, Ohio. The public is encouraged to attend.
WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR ATHENS COUNTY MONDAY, 11/24 FROM 11AM TO 8PM.
WINDS – SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.
TIMING – LATE MORNING INTO THE EVENING.
IMPACTS – TREE LIMBS AND BRANCHES MAY BREAK, WHICH COULD FALL ON ROADWAYS OR CAUSE POWER DISRUPTIONS.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 35 MPH OR GUSTS ABOVE 46 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION. TARPS, GARBAGE CANS, HOLIDAY DECORATIONS AND OTHER LIGHT WEIGHT OBJECTS MAY BLOW AWAY. IT IS BEST TO TIGHTLY SECURE THESE ITEMS OR BRING THEM INSIDE. CONSTRUCTIONS SITES ARE ALSO VULNERABLE LOCATIONS.
The Nelsonville Volunteer Fire Department in cooperation with the York Township Volunteer Fire Department will be holding their 66th annual Christmas food basket program. The program started in 1948 when firefighters distributed 14 food baskets. For this 65th year firefighters expect to distribute over 200 food baskets at a cost of more than $8,000. The Parade of The Hills Festival held annually in Nelsonville in late August was established to assist in raising funds for the program. Funds are still raised by the festival and by soliciting local businesses and groups for their support of the program.
Applications for Christmas food baskets will be available on Friday, November 28th, and must be returned by Saturday, December 6th. Applications will be available at the Nelsonville water office and the Nelsonville Fire Department. Approved Baskets will be delivered on Saturday, December 20th. Only residents of Nelsonville and York Township are eligible to apply for a basket. Persons having questions may call (740) 753-1244.
Athens County has canceled the snow emergency. Road crews are still active. Please continue to use caution and watch for icy conditions on remote sections of roads. Drive carefully!
US Route 33 is re-opened.
Please Stay home unless you must travel. Roadways are Icy and Dangerous! Crews are working on the roads but it will take time. Stay home where you are safe and warm, instead of in a ditch along side a road.
US RTE 33 West of Nelsonville toward Logan is CLOSED due to icy and dangerous conditions until further notice!!!
Athens County is now under a level 2 snow emergency due to icy road conditions until further notice. Roadways are hazardous and very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY FOR ATHENS COUNTYWHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM SATURDAY, 11/22.
ICE ACCUMULATIONS, LITTLE TO NONE. TRACE OR LESS.
TIMING, UNTIL 9 AM.
IMPACTS, ROADS MAY BECOME SLIPPERY.
TEMPERATURES IN THE TEENS WILL QUICKLY WARM TO ABOVE FREEZING, BUT MAY HAVE A PERIOD OF AN HOUR OR TWO OF LIGHT FREEZING RAIN.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS. SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
PLEASE REPORT ICE ACCUMULATIONS TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BY CALLING TOLL FREE 1-800-401-9535, 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.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS CAN ALSO BE FOUND AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/RLX.