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Warmer Temps Could Lead To Snow and Ice-Melt Flooding

       Frozen Lake Erie

With temperatures finally rising above freezing this weekend and continuing through next week, there is a potential risk for parts of Ohio to experience ice jam-related flooding. Temps are expected to be well above average in the 50s on Monday.

Lake Erie in northeast Ohio and the Muskingum River in eastern Ohio have ice planks and ice jams that have spilled onto land and roadways, causing flooding and road closures.

According to the NWS, ice jams can lead to flooding as blocks of ice accumulate, restricting flow in rivers.

Before the threat of flooding becomes imminent, residents should:


01.17.2018:  Jefferson County: Downtown still without water
01.17.2018:  Ohio officials tell residents not to worry: We’re not Hawaii
01.04.2018:  Counties and cities across the state have opened multiple warming centers. Ohio EMA is available 24/7 to receive requests for assistance regarding warming centers.
12.27.2017:  Utility Radiological Safety Board (URSB) Meeting Jan 8, 2018
12.07.2017:  Ohio EMA: Mobile Satellite Communications Trailer Site In Madison Twp.
11.08.2017:  Get Ready, Ohio! Winter Safety Awareness Week is November 12-18


Sima Merick, Executive Director

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Safer Ohio App Tutorial

Get Ready Ohio!

The Safer Ohio App is Ohio’s multi-function, mobile public safety tool for reporting suspicious activity, requesting emergency or roadside help, and monitoring traffic conditions. Get it at the App Store or on Google Play.


Notice of Funding Opportunity

Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA)
Security Grants for Nonprofits (H.B. No. 384)

Period of Performance:
April 19, 2017 - June 30, 2018

The Ohio EMA Security Grants for Nonprofits program provides funding to nonprofit organizations for eligible security improvements that assist the organization in preventing, preparing for, and responding to acts of terrorism. Additional details can be found here.


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Emergency Contact Information
Next of Kin

Add emergency contact information to your driving record, for law enforcement purposes only, in the event one of your family members would need to be contacted regarding an emergency situation. You can also allow your emergency contact person(s) to share your current medical information with medical professionals providing emergency medical treatment, if you are ever involved in an emergency or otherwise unable to communicate.