Response to Power Outages, Storm Damage May Exceed State Resources
In the wake of Friday’s severe storms and massive power outages across Ohio, Governor John R. Kasich today asked the President for an Emergency Declaration for Direct Federal Assistance so that Ohio could begin receiving badly-needed generators and water from the federal government. The governor spoke to the President today to make the request, and also spoke with Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate.
“I shared my concerns with the President that we have a serious situation and will need extra federal help. Massive power outages combined with severe heat create dangerous conditions, especially for the elderly and those with medical needs. The state has been working closely with local emergency management officials to meet immediate needs and going forward we need to make sure we have every available asset to protect Ohioans,” said Kasich.
Earlier in the day the governor declared a statewide emergency so that Ohio resources could begin flowing to local officials and aid their efforts to help Ohioans respond to and recover from the storms.
The governor’s request for federal assistance can be viewed here.
June 30: Gov. Kasich spoke to the President and requested federal assistance to respond to the storm. He also spoke with utility company CEOs and local elected officials to make state resources available to expedite recovery activities.
June 30: Gov. Kasich declared an emergency for the entire state of Ohio so state agencies can assist local government response and recovery efforts. The National Guard was activated to help deliver needed supplies and conduct door-to-door checks in select areas to identify vulnerable Ohioans threatened by the severe heat.
June 29: Ohio’s Emergency Operations Center in Columbus was activated to coordinate state and local storm recovery efforts. The state contacted Federal Emergency Management Agency officials to let them know federal assistance may be needed.
June 29: Severe storms and high winds during evening rush hour knocked out power for approximately one million homes and businesses across two-thirds of the state.
Residents without power can call their local 211 numbers for information and assistance, or 911 in an emergency. Information is also available online at www.ema.ohio.gov and on Twitter at #OHwx and #severeweather.
Granny’s Garden School is having trouble keeping up with there is all to do in the gardens right now and could use an extra pair of hands for 2-3 weeks. They are seeking someone who has some basic gardening knowledge and is available 6 -10 AM. The job starts immediately. It could lead to more opportunity in the future for the right person. It requires someone who is in good physical condition.
Interested parties should E-mail with a description of their gardening experience.
With widespread power outages and blackouts in the area, local health officials are reminding residents and food service facilities how to handle food during power outages.
If power is out at your home, do not open refrigerator(s) or freezer(s). Without power, a combination refrigerator/freezer will keep food cool for 4 hours, if left closed. Upright or chest freezers will keep food frozen:
48 hours if full
24 hours if half-full
Food may be kept safe by using coolers and burying perishable food items in ice or dry ice.
If your power has been out for longer than 4 hours, perishable food such as meat, poultry or dairy is not safe to eat and should be discarded. Before consuming items, check them with a food thermometer. Food items over 41 degrees should not be eaten.
“Never taste food to determine if it’s safe. Your health is not worth the risk,” Health Commissioner Tim Ingram says. “When in doubt, throw it out.”
At the Restaurant, Market or other Food Service Facility
If your business loses power, stop serving food and close. Do not open refrigerator or freezer holding units. When power returns check all food temperatures. If cold foods are above 41 degrees discard immediately.
Residents should use caution when patronizing restaurants that appear to be operating without power. “If anyone sees a restaurant that is clearly without power and is open for business, they should notify Hamilton County Public Health at 513-946-7800, or online at www.hamiltoncountyhealth.org, click ‘C’ in the alphabetical search section and then click ‘complaints’ Ingram says.
The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency has extended the SMOG ALERT for the weekend. The SMOG ALERT is in effect for Saturday, June 30 through Monday, July 2 for the Loveland area, including Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Ohio and Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky. Pollution
The Agency expects to see levels of ozone in the "unhealthy" range on the Air Quality Index (AQI) on Saturday, June 30. Sunday, July 1 and Monday, July 2 are forecasted to be in the "unhealthy for sensitive groups" range.
The area is experiencing some of the most dangerous air quality in years. The smog index reached well into the "UNHEALTHY" range on Thursday, much higher than predicted by the county agency. Predictions for this week and Monday are much higher then they were late last week.
The Health Message is:
Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should avoid all outdoor exertion; everyone else, especially children, should limit outdoor exertion.
AFTER SEVERE STORMS KNOCK OUT POWER ACROSS 2/3 OF OHIO
Power Outages for One Million Homes, Businesses and Looming Heat Wave Mandate Immediate Statewide Response
Today Governor John R. Kasich declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Ohio after severe storms and high winds knocked out power for approximately one million power company customers across two-thirds of the state. The widespread outages could take up to a week to fully restore and, together with the current severe heat wave, could create crisis situations for the elderly, young children and those with sensitive medical conditions.
The governor’s declaration authorizes state agencies to take any necessary actions to assist local government authorities anywhere in Ohio to help respond, cleanup and recovery efforts and coordinate activities.
“I’m very concerned with the problems created by the combination of power outages and severe heat, and so I’ve declared an emergency for all of Ohio so that state resources and personnel can help local governments meet the needs and challenges that they face. Ohioans in affected areas should, if possible, stay tuned to their radios or TVs for information on where they can go for assistance. Those without power can call their local 211 numbers for information on where to turn for help. Folks should also knock on their neighbors’ doors to make sure they’re ok and look out for those who they know might need some extra help. Together we’ll get through this,” said Kasich.
Kasich has directed Ohio Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Nancy Dragani to open the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Columbus to coordinate state and local resources. Officials from all state agencies, volunteer organizations such as Citizen Corps and the American Red Cross are converging at the Emergency Operations Center to monitor response and recovery efforts within the affected areas. The state has already been in contact with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials and will request federal assistance if it is needed.
State agencies supporting the response efforts include the, Ohio Departments of Transportation, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Health, Public Safety, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
"Set for Success" facilitator Austin Stahl leading classes that were held at the Loveland Magazine TV Studios in the Loveland Artists Studios on Main
Dear Loveland Magazine Readers,
We at the Loveland Initiative want to say thank you to those that have helped us to help the community over the years. I want to acknowledge those that helped with our pilot program, "Set For Success." The program would not have been such a success without your help.
We want to thank The Works, Paxton's Grill, Cafe 45140, and Rascals NY Deli for providing us with a week of awesome food choices. The kids and volunteers loved everything, and we ate like royalty the whole week. Thank you for your generosity.
We want to say thank you also to the Deerfield's Women's Club and Northstar Church for their financial support, the kids were able to create shirts for our Kings Island trip that was AWESOME!
We had an awesome cast of speakers for the week that really delivered a strong message about starting habits early that can help prepare for the future. Thank you Austin Stahl, Tom Eardley, Jim Yuhas, and Kimberly Heestand for taking the time out of your schedule and investing in the life of a child.
We definitely want to thank Shawn and Chandra Custis for allowing us the space to have the program at the Loveland Artists Studios on Main. Without your generosity, we may not have been able to have "Set for Success." Also to the artists that were definitely inconvenienced with kids running around, thank you for putting up with us.
Last but not least, We want to thank Dave Miller of Loveland Magazine for taking an interest in this program and being a sponsor. The Program was held at the Loveland Magazine TV Studios in the Loveland Artists Studios on Main. Your help and generosity throughout the week was amazing. We were like house guest asking for everything and you patiently worked with us. Thank you Dave.
Again, I want to thank all of you for taking the time to invest in the life of a child, whether it was by way of food, knowledge or support.
Volunteer Contact and Training Assistant, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative
This is the statement that Senator Sherrod Brown issued after today's rulling upholding the Affordable Care Act.
Supreme Court Justices appointed by presidents of both parties today made an independent legal judgment to uphold the health law. I hope today’s ruling will put an end to the partisan bickering so that we can continue our focus on jobs and improving the economy” Brown said.
“Today’s ruling means that more than 1.2 million Ohio seniors will continue to have access to cancer screenings and wellness exams through Medicare. Nearly 97,000 young adults in our state will continue to be able to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they’re 26. Parents of children with pre-existing conditions – like cancer, asthma, or diabetes – will no longer worry that they will be unable to buy health insurance.”
More than two years ago, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The law has benefitted Ohioans in the following ways:
Nearly 97,000 of Ohio’s young adults are now able to stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26 while they finish school or start a career.
More than 2,000 Ohioans with pre-existing conditions have access to health care through the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan.
Children with pre-existing conditions – like asthma or diabetes or cancer – can no longer be denied coverage – or dropped from their parents’ insurance.
More than 2.1 million Ohioans with private insurance gained preventive health services with no cost-sharing.
More than 4.5 million Ohioans are no longer in danger of hitting a lifetime limit on insurance coverage as the ACA bans companies from placing a monetary limit on care. This means cancer patients, individuals with Parkinson’s or MS, and children with disabilities will not face financial ruin due to medical bills.
More than 1.2 million seniors on Medicare received free preventive services such as annual wellness exams and cancer screenings in 2011.
Ohio seniors who have reached the so-called “donut hole” have seen their prescription drug costs cut in half – saving more than $164 million. In the first five months of 2012, 36,291 people with Medicare in Ohio saved a total of $24,417,492 – which is an average saving of $673.
Up to 147,000 small businesses are eligible for tax credits so that they can attract employees by offering them health coverage.
More than 5,000 Ohio construction jobs and 10,000 full-time jobs have been supported through grant funding – like the competitive award received by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center to help fund OSU’s Project One.
The law also ensures that the premium dollars Ohioans pay for health insurance are used for their medical care – rather than for executive bonuses and ad campaigns. The law requires that insurance companies spend at least 80 percent of the premiums they collect from consumers on medical care – or give consumers a rebate. An estimated nine million consumers could receive between $600 million to $1.4 billion in rebates from insurance companies this year. In Ohio, more than 143,000 Ohioans will benefit this year from $11.3 million in rebates. And after Ohio families have faced unchecked hikes in their health insurance costs for years, the law subjects insurance companies to new scrutiny if they raise prices by more than 10 percent. The ACA provided the State of Ohio $5.1 million to combat unjustifiable increases.
Rep. Jean Schmidt issued the following today about Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act.
I'm disappointed by the Supreme Court ruling. Two years ago, when the Democrats who then controlled the House passed the so-called Affordable Care Act, they were adamant that it wasn’t a tax. President Obama was adamant that it wasn’t a tax. Now, the Supreme Court says it’s a tax. Regardless of how it’s labeled, the law should be repealed.
I was among members of the House who voted to repeal the so called health-care reform law at the beginning of the 112th Congress. That action has been blocked by Democrats in the Senate. Clearly, Congress needs to revisit the matter.
While President Obama claims the law would help control costs, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that it could cause premiums on the individual market to rise. The Congressional Budget Office has also reported that the health care law could actually reduce job opportunities by some 800,000.
Our nation has the best doctors and hospitals in the world, but I'm concerned that this law won't ensure better care for patients. Instead, it could dictate how doctors practice medicine – and it could reduce treatment options for patients on the basis of cost.
I’m particularly troubled by the fact that President Obama’s health-care initiative would force religious institutions to offer their employees services such as birth control, sterilization procedures, and abortions, which might be contrary to a church’s moral precepts. That would infringe upon our religious liberties as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution. Lawsuits stressing that point have been filed by Catholic institutions.
The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency has extended the SMOG ALERT.
Health Message: Active children and adults, and people with lung disease, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.
A SMOG ALERT will be in effect Friday, June 29 for the Loveland, Ohio area, uncluding Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Ohio and Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky. The Agency expects to see levels of ozone in the “unhealthy for sensitive groups” range on the Air Quality Index (AQI).
Additionally, Ohio EPA has instructed us that any open burning shall be suspended until the fire hazard, as declared by the National Weather Service, decreases.
Citizens of Clermont County who obtain their water from the Clermont County Water Resources Department are requested to voluntarily conserve water during the current dry weather period. Customers are urged to refrain from washing cars, watering the lawn and other non-essential water usage.
The Clermont County Water Resources Department continues to be involved in projects for increasing the ability to treat, transfer and store water in the northern portions of the county, where demands on the system have been the greatest.
The Clermont County Water Resources Department has sufficient water supplies to accommodate average or normal use; however, the system cannot sustain the excessive use during extended dry weather periods. If excessive non-essential water use continues, it may be necessary to declare a water emergency and impose water restrictions.
For additional information, contact Clermont County Director of Utilities Lyle Bloom at 513-732-8860.
Loveland, Ohio - The Loveland Initiative, in collaboration with Loveland InterFaith Effort is hosting its annual Back to School Fair for the 2012/2013 school year. To make this program one that meets a broad range of needs for Loveland students, they are collecting backpacks and grade appropriate school supplies. Families will also have the opportunity to find out more about the services available through L.I.F.E. and The Loveland Initiative including the Food Pantry, the Resource Center and the Cool School Enrichment Program. Rounding out the day, community partners will be on hand to share information on safety, health and nutrition.
In 2011, backpacks filled with grade appropriate school supplies were distributed to 234 registered students. They also received new shoes, hooded sweatshirts and free haircuts. Theyare asking for your support once again.
The goal is to make sure that every child starts off the school year with fresh new backpacks and school supplies. Dianna Davidson, Project Leader for the Loveland Initiative said, “We feel that children are more optimistic and encouraged to start the school year focusing on learning and not on too small shoes or hand-me-down bags. It is about generating excitement and joy at the prospect of returning to school.”
Backpacks filled with grade appropriate school supplies will benefit qualifying families who meet income and residency guidelines; who are struggling with their financial situation to make ends meet due to job layoffs and fewer benefits received in the home. Davidson said, “We fill backpacks with school supplies based on a list distributed by Loveland School District.
You can help by droping off items at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, in the Parish Life Center (gym) located at 101 South Lebanon Road Loveland Ohio; on August 15, from 9 AM through 3 PM August 16 from 9 AM through 3 PM and August 17 from 1 PM through 7 PM. Deadline for backpacks and school supplies will be Friday August 17. Backpacks will be distributed at the back to school fair on Saturday August 18, from 2 PM through 4 PM. The children will be able to come and personally pick out their own backpack and leave with smiles on their faces.
Davidson said, “The Back to School Fair is a great asset to our community. We are confident that our community will come together to help the children and families in Loveland.”
You can be part of something really positive, really vital; something that really changes people’s lives and our community in a major way.
Do you remember the excited feeling you had going back to school each year with a new backpack filled with school supplies?
The Loveland Initiative is hosting its 3rd annual backpack drive to give 300 hundred Loveland school children the chance to start the year off right with good supplies. If you can donate one of these filled backpacks, the children would appreciate it more than you can imagine. If you are not able to complete an entire bag by yourself, please consider sharing this project with a friend. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated!!!
Please make sure the bag is age appropriate. For example, if preparing backpack for a younger child, buy wide ruled paper, blunt tip scissors, etc. Please label bag as “younger or older”. We also serve Loveland High School students grades 9-12. Please drop off items at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, in the Parish Life Center (gym) located at 101 South Lebanon Road Loveland Ohio; on August 15, from 9:00am-3:00pm, August 16 from 9:00am-3:00pm, and August 17 from 1:00pm-7:00pm. Deadline for backpacks and school supplies will be Friday August 17, 2012.
Hello, This week is Paint the Town in Loveland Ohio. I have participated in this event for the last 5 or 6 years. It isn't a plein air event, you can take photos and paint from home. On Sunday we will have a wet paint sale from 2-4 so if you are near Loveland please stop by. Loveland is a cute quaint town with outdoor cafes and a bicycle trail runs right through town so it's a busy little place. I took photos and started this 10 x 20 here at home and then spent most of Tuesday in town working on it and went down to the park there and painted the little 6 x 6 of Cone flowers.
Watch this short promo video to see how different the Springhill Camp is. They typically include activities like the climbing wall, crafts, low ropes, slingshot, water activities, euro-bungee, flying squirrel, silly games and more.
Loveland, Ohio - This LOVELAND MAGAZINE HD VIDEO is from the July 26 City council meeting when Councilwoman Angie Settell asked for a vote to reprimand City Manager, Thomas Carroll. She was concerned about his recent actions concerning Loveland’s Amazing Race.
Settell said that Carroll’s actions ended up being an “embarrassment and black mark” against the City and that there needs to be “consequences for Carroll's unprofessional behavior on what should have been a proud day for Loveland.” Carroll sent an e-mail to Race officials ten days prior to the July 16 event demanding an unexpected and unexplained $5,000, citing the failure of Race Board member, Martin Schickel's not signing a private contract to sell his prime real estate to private developer Rick Greiwe for use in the downtown Loveland Station project. Carroll said that the Race permit would not be issued without the $5,000. (City Manager Threatens to Cancel Loveland's Amazing Race)
In an e-mail, Carroll blamed Schickel for “killing” the Loveland Station Project because he would not sign the sale contract. Carroll said it would now cost the City an additional $108,000 to refinance debt on the downtown project and he would have to lay off a police officer.
Settell said that she cannot bury her head in the sand. “I’ve had too many e-mails, discussions and calls from concerned citizens. There needs to be consequences for unprofessional behavior.” Her motion ultimately failed when Brenton Zuch moved to “Table” the motion. Discussion ended when an immediate 4-3 vote was taken, Mayor Rob Weisgerber, Vice Mayor David Bednar, Paulette Leeper, and Brenton Zuck voted to table the motion. Settell, Mark Fitzgerald, and Linda Cox voted for more discussion.
In moving to squash discussion, Zuck said that there wasn’t anybody who wanted the race to stay in Loveland more than him. He said there was “great deal of political grandstanding, opportunism, and there’s been a lot of people picking at this sore.” He suggested the issue was staying alive, “To keep hard feelings rolling and make a spectacle of this.” He said the City was on the verge of bringing the issue to a resolution and that’s what, ‘We need to focus on at this time.” He said that Settell’s motion might endanger an amicable outcome between the City and the Race.
There is speculation that the Race, after 7 years might not happen next year, or it may be moved to another city. Race registration, which usually opens immediately for the next year, has been indefinitely postponed.
However, Mark Fitzgerald wouldn’t let the subject drop. He said at the core of the matter is “equity” how people expected to be treated in doing business with the City of Loveland.” He said that for the City Manager to link the private dealings of one of the Race organizers to the issuance of a special events permit for the Amazing Race was, “Totally inappropriate.”
Fitzgerald speculated on what kind of message it would send to someone who might be a business prospect wanting to invest and bring jobs. He said that Settell’s motion is “wholly” in order, because council needed to “step up and reign in” the City Manager. “I don’t think that tabled motion will come back, and I think that’s sending a terrible message.”
After some discussion about some council members being left in the dark throughout the matter, Fitzgerald said:
“Nothing alters the fact that ten days before an event, an event that already had all the arrangements worked out, (the City Manager) came up with some bogus fee. They pay the fee. The fee ultimately gets refunded, but there’s the audacity to say, you either give me the $5,000 fee or have this individual deliver a signed contract for his property. There’s no way getting around that.”
In closing the meeting Weisgerber allowed himself the last say, “This has been handled horribly. Everybody’s pointing at the City Manager, but look around the table.” Weisgerber said he had previously asked council, “Give me a little latitude to work with the race committee.” He said he didn’t want to drag the Race committee through the mud in public, “For things they did wrong on their part as well. But, if we are trying to drag people through the mud, let’s go at it, but there’s going to be a lot of collateral damage that goes with it. But, that’s not my objective.”
Thank you to Councilwoman Settell and Councilman Fitzgerald for speaking out about this matter and having the fortitude to stand up for what they believe in. I'm just sorry they, and Councilwoman Cox, represent a minority on Council because I do believe they speak for most Loveland citizens on this matter.
Stop by and get your car washed for a good cause. All proceeds will benefit The Loveland Initiative and all its programs such as: • Toy Store • Backpack Program • Cool School • Martin Luther King Day • Tracey Johnson Scholarship • Dream Makers teen group • And operating expenses
Timothy Stewart Stansbury (Age 13) and resident of Loveland, Ohio passed away on June 22, 2012 in Thorung Phedi, Nepal, after being struck by a falling rock and killed instantly while hiking the Himalayas (Annapurna Conservation Area) with his Father and younger brother.
Timothy was born in Scottsdale, Arizona on July 26, 1998, the oldest son of Rebecca Diane and Trevor Hunt Stansbury. He is survived by his younger brother and two sisters, Jonathan Paul (12), Hannah Elizabeth (9), and Rachel Claire (6).
Having just completed the eighth grade at Loveland Middle School, Timothy was preparing to begin his freshman year at Loveland High School. His best friend was Mr. Mark Geiger of Batavia.
The SMOG ALERT will stay effect through Thursday, June 28 for the Loveland, Ohio area, including Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Ohio and Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky.
Health Message: Active children and adults, and people with lung disease, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.
The primary pollutant on Thursday is OZONE, but the primary culprit is US.
Our IDLING in the fast food or bank lane.
Our CUTTING GRASS before 8 PM.
Our FILLING OUR GAS TANKS before 8 PM.
Our UNNECESSARY AUTOMOBILE TRIPS.
Our NOT COMBINING CAR TRIPS.
Our NOT SHARING TRIPS WITH FRIENDS.
Our using GAS POWERED WEED EATERS AND LEAF BLOWERS.
Our WASTING ELECTRIC.
Our LEAD FOOT.
While exposure to ozone air pollution causes adverse health effects in most people, children are especially susceptible to these effects. Children spend significantly more time outdoors, especially in the summertime when ozone levels are the highest.
National statistics show that children spend an average of 50 percent more time outdoors than do adults.
A recent study conducted by the American Lung Association shows that as many as 27.1 million children age 13 and under, and over 1.9 million children with asthma are potentially exposed to unhealthful levels of ozone based on the new 0.08 ppm, eight-hour ozone level standard.
Children spend more time engaged in vigorous activity (i.e., exercise). Such activity results in breathing in more air, and therefore more pollution being taken deep into the lungs. A California study found that children spend three times as much time engaged in sports and vigorous activities as adults do.
Children have a higher breathing rate than adults relative to their body weight and lung surface area. This results in a greater dose of pollution delivered to their lungs. Most biological air pollution damage is related to the dose of pollution inhaled in relation to the body weight and surface area of the target organ.
Even when children experience significant drops in lung function, they do not seem to suffer or report some of the acute symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath, associated with ozone exposure in adults. Thus, children are not likely to receive or may not understand the biological warnings to reduce their ozone exposure by stopping their exercise or moving indoors.
Children have narrower airways than do adults. Thus, irritation or inflammation caused by air pollution that would produce only a slight response in an adult can result in a potentially significant obstruction of the airways in a young child.
During exercise, children, like adults, breathe with both their nose and mouth rather than just their noses. When the nose is bypassed during the breathing process, the filtering effects of the nose are lost, therefore allowing more air pollution to be inhaled.
Air pollution, including ozone, can result in more frequent respiratory infections in children due to impairment of the lung's ability to defend itself. Scientists are concerned that children who experience more frequent lower respiratory infections may be at greater risk of lower-than-normal lung function later in life.
When ozone levels are high, children should avoid calisthenics, soccer, running and other strenuous outdoor exercise. They should be encouraged to participate in less strenuous activities such as recreational swimming, swinging or indoor activities such as floor hockey and gymnastics instead. From wsoctv.com