Nelsonville Police remind everyone to take the time to be safe and enjoy the annual Parade of The Hills Festival

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The Nelsonville Police Department would like to remind everyone to remember basic safety tips to ensure everyone enjoys their time at the annual Parade of The Hills Festival.

General Safety Tips

  • Pay attention to weather forecasts and prepare appropriately.
  • Be sure to use sunscreen and sunglasses to protect you from harmful UV rays.
  • Remember, even on overcast days UV rays are still powerful enough to burn skin so remember to use sunscreen.
  • On hot days make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Wear closed toe shoes like tennis shoes, not flip-flops or sandals, to protect your feet.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and know where you will go if you need to seek shelter from an unexpected thunderstorm.
  • Remember “If you see something, say something.” If you see people or activities that seem suspicious, report your observations to the Police Department by calling 9-1-1.

Safety tips for kids and caregivers

Teach kids to stay calm and stay put if they are separated from parents or other caregivers. Knowing what to do in this scary situation will help prevent a lost child from panicking, and help safety officials locate them faster.

  • Keep a watchful eye on children. It’s easy for children and caregivers to become separated in large crowds.
  • Have an established family plan of a location where you will meet if separated.
  • Make a “missing parent’ contact tag your children can wear with your name and cell phone number in case your child becomes separated.
  • If you do become separated from your child, notify the Police Department.

Amusement Ride Safety Tips

  • Don’t board a ride if you see broken parts, signs of improper maintenance, or an inattentive operator.
  • Read all posted rules and listen to instructions given by ride operators.
  • Watch the ride with your child before boarding. Point out the operator and the entrance and exit locations prior to riding. Make sure they understand the instructions and warnings fully.
  • Keep all body parts (hands, arms, legs, long hair, etc.) inside the ride at all times. If you have long hair, keep it pulled up with a hat or hair tie.
  • If you can’t count on your child to stay seated with hands and feet inside, don’t let them ride.
  • Always use the safety equipment provided (seat belt, shoulder harness, lap bar, etc.).
  • Obey minimum height, age, and weight restrictions. Never sneak children onto rides if they are too small or too young. A smaller/younger child may not be physically or developmentally able to stay safely seated.
  • Remain in the ride until it comes to a complete stop at the unloading point. If a ride stops temporarily due to mechanical failure or other reasons. Stay seated and wait for an operator to give you further instructions.
  • Know your physical conditions and limitations. If you suspect that your health could be at risk for any reason, or you could aggravate a pre-existing condition of any kind, do not ride.

Have a safe and memorable time at The Parade of The Hills and always keep safety your #1 priority!

Athens Co Outdoor Emergency Warning Siren TEST Nelsonville, The Plains, New Marshfield, 12noon Wed, 8/2/17

Siren Test

The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 12 noon on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, with a one minute sounding of the sirens. 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
    • 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.
  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;

  1. DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 to ask why the sirens are sounding as this can overload the 9-1-1 emergency response system.
  2.  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.
  3.  Go immediately to a safe area in your home or building, if high winds, severe thunder, and lightning are present.
  4.  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.
  5.  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.
  6.  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.

ATHENS CO FLASH FLOOD WATCH 8PM, THU, 7/27/17 THROUGH 8PM, FRI, 7/28/17, WATCH FOR CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS!

Flash Flood Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Athens County from 8PM, Thursday, 7/27/17 through 8PM, Friday, 7/28/17.

Rounds of showers and thunderstorms with very heavy rain are expected through Friday. This rainfall, coupled with rain that has already fallen, could produce flash flooding, especially along small streams, creeks, low spots and poor drainage areas.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS;
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous August 2017, Crimes of the Month

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The following incident has been listed by Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous as August, 2017 Crimes of the Month.

The Athens Police Department is requesting your information pertaining to the location of Joseph E. Papineau.  

Mr. Papineau is being sought for his involvement in multiple criminal acts within the City and the County.  He currently has three separate warrants for his arrest from three different law enforcement agencies. The arrest warrants stem from charges involving receiving stolen property, possession of cocaine, and a traffic offense.

Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous is offering a $2,000.00 cash reward for information on the above crimes if that information leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible. *Information on serious misdemeanors will be limited to a $1000.00 cash reward.  **Any information that leads to the arrest of an individual responsible for graffiti, the board can authorize up to a $500.00 cash reward. If you have information on these crimes, please call (740) 594 – 3331.

Other cash rewards are available for your information regarding other crimes that have been committed in Athens County and if you have knowledge of other crimes, you are asked to call (740) 594 – 3331. Also visit our website at www.crimesolversofathens.org for information on previous crimes of the month. Postings can also be viewed on Facebook.

Remember! Crime Solvers Anonymous needs your information and not your name so that your information can be passed onto the proper authorities.  Help us to help Athens County become a safer place.

Joseph Papineau

Athens Co Flash Flood Watch Until 12 Midnight, Sun, 7/23/17, Watch for changing weather conditions!

Flash Flood Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Athens County until 12 Midnight, Sunday, 7/23/17.

Additional rounds of thunderstorms with very heavy rain may result in flash flooding, especially along small streams and in poor drainage areas.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS; A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.