Officials say Ohio’s Severe Weather Awareness Week is perfect time to prepare

Thanks to El Niño, Ohio’s winter weather was full of ups and downs: low snowfall amounts; warmer-than-usual temperatures; and a few blasts of artic air in between. One thing that is consistent about Ohio’s weather is its inconsistencies. This month already, we’ve had highs in the 60s with heavy rain one day, and highs in […]

PUCO offers tips to stay prepared during winter weather

As winter weather continues in Ohio, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) reminds you of important home heating safety precautions and electric power outage preparation. PUCO’s five tips for safe home heating Have your furnace, vents, flues and chimneys inspected by a qualified repair person. This should be done once a year. Never use […]

Rebates available for Ohioans to build safe rooms

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) announced the Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program is once again accepting applications, beginning today. The program provides a rebate for the purchase and construction/installation of tornado safe rooms for Ohio homeowners. “The entire state of Ohio is at risk of an EF5 tornado, which produces 250 mile per […]

Colder weather is finally here, heating assistance is available

The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) 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 […]

NOAA says Ohio winter weather to be influenced by strong El Nino

Hopefully, “Polar Vortex” and “Arctic Blast” will be erased from our vocabulary this winter. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), this winter’s buzz term will be “El Niño.” El Niño is a large-scale, ocean-atmosphere climate interaction that causes a periodic warming in sea surface temperatures across the Pacific. This winter, Ohio could see warmer-than-average […]

PUCO offers summer energy efficiency tips

As the heat index outside rises, the consumption of energy to cool the inside of your home likely increases too. With the help of these tips from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), you have the ability to use energy efficiently and better manage your energy bills. Each day, most Ohioans rely on electric, […]

Stormy weather expected for Lightning Safety Awareness Week

In an annual coordinated effort with the National Weather Service, the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness is promoting June 21-27, 2015 as Lightning Safety Awareness Week and encourages all Ohioans to know what to do before, during and after thunderstorms, and to practice severe weather safety and preparedness throughout the summer. According to the […]

High water closes several roadways in Marion County

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) says that high water has closed several roadways in Marion County. State Route 95 – State Route 95 is closed between State Route 203 and LaRue. State Route 37 – State Route 37 is closed on both sides of LaRue. State Route 203 – State Route 203 is closed […]

Ohioans encouraged to prepare for severe spring weather

You can never be too prepared for severe weather. During Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 1-7, 2015, Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor is providing information to help Ohioans keep themselves, loved ones and property safe in advance of Ohio’s volatile spring weather season and tips outlining steps to take if […]

Severe Weather Awareness Week highlights need to be prepared for any storm

This winter, Ohio’s weather has yo-yoed between artic blasts with sub-zero temps to off-season warmth with temperatures in the 50s. Ohioans know from experience: When it comes to weather, be prepared for anything. Governor John R. Kasich, in a coordinated effort with the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (OCSWA), proclaims March 1-7 as Ohio’s […]