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Gambling Hotline is available 24 hours a day at 800-589-9966. The helpline provides support and guidance to people who think they may have a gambling addiction.
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Ice Jams, Snow Melt Flooding and Severe Storms are
Statewide Tornado Drill is March 5th at 9:50 a.m.
This winter in Ohio has been one for the “meteorological history books.” Ohioans were introduced to Polar Vortex and Arctic Blasts while enduring propane shortages. Staying warm this winter has been no easy feat.
Now, the state is experiencing above-normal temperatures, thunderstorms and snow-melt flooding potentials. Severe Weather Awareness Week couldn’t come at a better time. Governor John R. Kasich, in a coordinated effort with the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness, proclaims March 2-8 as Ohio’s Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week.
“This is the second year that Ohio’s Severe Weather Awareness Week coincides with National Severe Weather Preparedness Week,” said Nancy Dragani, executive director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. “During these weather safety campaigns, we encourage Ohioans to build a disaster supply kit, make a plan, practice the plan, and be informed of all hazards that can impact our state, particularly severe weather.”
As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, as coordinated by OCSWA, the state of Ohio will participate in a statewide tornado drill and test its Emergency Alert System on Wednesday, March 5 at 9:50 a.m. During this time, many Ohio counties will sound and test their outdoor warning sirens. Schools, businesses and households are encouraged to practice their tornado drills and emergency plans.
OCSWA encourages Ohioans to practice the following safety measures:
Know Your Risk – Learn and understand the different types of weather hazards that occur in Ohio. Know how severe weather could impact your household, your job, your community. Ohio’s springtime hazards include tornadoes, thunderstorms, floods, and even snowstorms through early spring. Visit the OCSWA website at www.weathersafety.ohio.gov to view current weather in Ohio, and to learn about severe weather safety and preparedness.
Know the Weather Terms – Know the difference between storm watches and storm warnings. For example, a tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the area. During a tornado watch, review tornado safety plans and be prepared to move to a safe place if conditions worsen. Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or local television or radio newscasts for storm updates.
A tornado warning is issued by the NWS when a tornado has been detected by Doppler radar or sighted by storm spotters. If a tornado warning is issued for your area, do not stop to take pictures or shoot video. Seek safe shelter immediately. Many Ohio counties have outdoor warning sirens that sound during storm warnings. Continue to listen to your NOAA Weather Radio or TV or radio newscasts for up-to-date weather information.
Other tornado safety tips include:
The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness is comprised of 15 agencies and organizations that are dedicated in educating Ohioans about the natural disasters that typically affect the state, and how to plan and prepare for severe weather incidents and home emergencies before they happen. For additional information on tornado and other severe weather safety and preparedness, visit the OCSWA website at www.weathersafety.ohio.gov.
Heating Assistance Available.
The Ohio Development Services Agency and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) want to remind Ohioans that assistance is available if you have been disconnected or are threatened with disconnection from your utility service.
The Winter Crisis Program, a component of the Home Energy Assistance Program, provides assistance to eligible households that are threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected or if their tank contains 25 percent or less of its capacity of bulk fuel. The gross income of eligible households must be at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of four the annual income must be at or below $41,212.50.
Individuals interested in receiving Winter Crisis assistance must have a face-to-face interview at their Winter Crisis Program provider. A list of providers by county can be found here.
Ohioans also can call the toll-free hotline at (800) 282-0880, Monday through Friday (hearing impaired customers may dial (800) 686-1557 for assistance) or visit energyhelp.ohio.gov for more information.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’s Winter Reconnect Order allows residential customers the opportunity to pay a designated amount to have their service restored or maintained. Residential customers are required to pay no more than $175 to maintain service under the reconnection order. If the customer’s service has already been disconnected, the customer must pay the $175 and possibly a reconnection fee of no more than $36 to restore service.
There is no income eligibility requirement or sign-up required to use the Winter Reconnect Order
Health, Safety and Lifesaving Classes Offered.
The American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio is offering a variety of lifesaving health and safety courses during the months of January and February.
Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED With an emphasis on hands-on learning, the Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED courses give attendees the skills to save a life. Participants learn how to respond to common first aid emergencies, how to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in adults, the use of automated external defibrillators (AED), and more.
Blended learning courses allow flexibility to busy participants by completing their classroom training online and testing their skills in person. Attendees receive a two year certification and access to free online refreshers upon completion.
Babysitter’s Training Designed for students age 11 and older, this in-person course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for infants and children up to the age of 10. Topics include how to: respond to emergencies with first aid, rescue breathing and more; make good decisions under pressure; communicate effectively with parents; recognize safety and hygiene issues; manage young children; feed, diaper and care for infants; and start a babysitting business.
Advance registration is required. People can join a team of more than 6,000 people who took lifesaving courses with the local Red Cross chapter last year. To register and learn more information about the course, people can visit redcross.org/takeaclass or call 1-800 RED CROSS.
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