Athens Co Emergency Warning Sirens will be tested Wed, 10/2 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, October 2, 2013, 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.

US Route 33 Nelsonville Bypass Opening Ceremony 10/1/13 at 9:30 AM

US33 Opening Save the Date

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 10 has announced that the official opening ceremony for the newly constructed US route 33 will be on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 9:30 AM.  The opening ceremony will be held at the new State Route 78/ State Route 691 interchange and is open to the public.  Persons wishing to attend the ceremony can access the area via the new State Route 691 access road off of old route 33 Southeast of Nelsonville.

Once the opening ceremony is complete ODOT hopes to have the new West bound lanes of  US route 33 open by 12 noon.  The new East bound lanes should be opened by 3:00 PM.  Traffic on the new US route 33 will be down to a two lane roadway at the Elm Rock Road overpass Southeast of Nelsonville while construction crews complete the final transition away from the old roadway.

Persons traveling the new US route 33 corridor through the Nelsonville area should use caution do to numerous traffic pattern changes.

Bypass Ceremony Map1

Nelsonville E Washington St, Fort St west CLOSED Fri, 9/27 12 noon – 12AM for Stuart’s Opera House Free Outdoor Concert

Concert Series Closure

The City of Nelsonville announces that East Washington Street at Fort Street west to Jefferson Street will be closed to thru traffic Friday, September 27, 2013, from 12:00PM to 12:00AM Saturday, September 28, 2013, for Stuart’s Opera House Free Outdoor Concert.  Travelers are urged to use caution while driving in the downtown area.

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Urgent – BOIL ORDER for City of Nelsonville and Village of Buchtel until further notice

Nelso Boil OrderBuchtel Boil Order

The City of Nelsonville has issued a boil order for the entire City and the Village of Buchtel until further notice.  A major water line break on Jackson Street is being repaired and has caused low pressure in the water system.  Crews are working to repair the break as soon as possible.  Areas that are serviced by the Nelsonville water system may experience a water outage until repairs are completed.  Boil orders are put into place as a result of broken water lines or local flooding. When this happens, the drinking water may have been contaminated which can cause many illnesses.

Here are some tips to keep in mind, should you find yourself in this situation:
• Bring water to a full boil, and boil for three minutes prior to use.
• Use only boiled water for drinking, preparing food or baby formula.
• To improve the flat taste of boiled water, keep cold in refrigerator.
• Put a cup over your faucets as a reminder to not use tap water – not even to brush your teeth!
• Instead of boiling water, you can disinfect water by adding one teaspoon unscented chlorine laundry bleach for every five gallons of water. Let stand 30 minutes before using.
• Be sure to use sanitized food grade containers for storing water.
• To disinfect water storage containers, pour a solution of one tablespoon of unscented chlorine bleach to a gallon of water into a container. Let the solution remain in the container for 10 minutes, then pour out the solution. Rinse with purified water.
• Boiled or disinfected water can be stored for six months.
• Dispose of ice cubes.
• When washing dishes, make sure to sterilize dishes with a final dip in water that has one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water. Disposable tableware is an option during a boil order.
• It is also recommend you sanitize hands when washing. Again use one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water and rinse hand frequently by pouring rinse over the hands. Use paper towels to dry.
• Water for bathing doesn’t need to be boiled. Supervise children to avoid water being ingested.