Red Cross Disaster Response Winds Down – Urges Planning for Future

As power has been restored across the state and residents have returned home, American Red Cross disaster response activities are winding down. All Red Cross emergency shelters and cooling centers have been closed and feeding routes have been suspended. At the same time the current effort wraps up, the Red Cross is urging residents to plan for future natural disasters.

Ohioans Asked to Register for Blue Alerts

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced that Ohioans can now get Blue Alert information sent directly to their cell phone, email or fax machine.

The Ohio Blue Alert system went into effect earlier this month.  Similar to an AMBER Alert, which notifies the public of a kidnapped child, a Blue Alert will rapidly broadcast information to the public advising them of an at-large suspect who has killed, seriously injured, or kidnapped an Ohio peace officer.

State Continues Extreme Fire Danger Warning

State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers has announced that the Warning of Extreme Fire Danger that he issued last week is still in effect.

Dangers of Backyard Fireworks Stressed

Prevent Blindness Ohio, Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of State Fire Marshal, Child Injury Prevention Alliance, and the Ohio Eye Care Coalition joined forces at the State Fire Marshal’s Office today to educate Ohioans about the dangers of backyard fireworks.

Holiday Travelers Leave Property Susceptible to Theft

A record 1.75 million Ohioans will leave their property susceptible to theft or damage this coming week as they travel for Independence Day.

Many travelers are taking advantage of the mid-week holiday by extending vacations and taking their big summer trip during this travel period. In fact, 54 percent plan on leaving this weekend, which means a large number of homes will be open to thieves.

Officials Urge Residents to Use Caution During Extreme Heat

With heat and humidity on the rise, the Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Emergency Management Agency urge residents to use extra care to avoid heat-related illness over the next several days. They say you should remember that even short periods of high temperatures can cause serious health problems.

Lightning Safety – When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors

In a coordinated effort with the National Weather Service, the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness promotes June 24-30 as Lightning Safety Awareness Week, and encourages all Ohioans to practice lightning and severe storm safety and preparedness throughout the summer.

May Kicks-Off Trauma Season

Nationally this summer nearly three million children will be rushed to emergency rooms for serious injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes, drowning, bike crashes, pedestrian incidents, falls and other hazards.

Trauma Season is the time when injuries tend to peak during the summer months (May-August) for children ages 14 and younger, so the Ohio Division of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is encouraging parents and caregivers to take extra precaution while children are participating in activities.

State Fire Marshal Urges Safety During Summer Grilling

Following the "official" start of summer, Memorial Day weekend, Ohio State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers encourages added safety precautions with outdoor grills and barbecues.

AAA Offers Safety Tips for Your Summer Travels

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer driving season. This season, AAA estimates it will come to the rescue of 7.9 million stranded motorists nationally, including about 115,000 within the Ohio Auto Club’s 38-county territory.