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.
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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.