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Miami Valley unlikely to experience the kind of false alarm that rattled Hawaii

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 6:16 PM

Miami Valley unlikely to experience the kind of false alarm that rattled Hawaii

Last weekend’s false alarm in Hawaii that sent people scrambling for cover is a mistake that is unlikely to be repeated in the Miami Valley, according to Jeff Jordan, director, Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management.

Saturday morning, people were alerted by the Hawaii emergency management agency that a missile attack was imminent. 

Text alerts went to people’s cell phones and radio broadcasts were interrupted with the message. It came during a test of the state’s emergency notification system.

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Jeff Jordan, director, Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management.

“It sounds like in their system the test message and the actual message were right next to each other. Frankly that is an accident waiting to happen,” Jordan said. 

Hawaii authorities confirmed that once the first message went out in error, it took more than 30 minutes to recall it and replace it with the all clear. 

Jordan said notification systems used locally and statewide in Ohio do not include just one “button” for an emergency. Each message, he said, must be written to fit the emergency to avoid the situation that Hawaii found itself in.

“There are specific protocols in place (in Montgomery County) to prevent that kind of miscommunication,” Jordan said.

A mix of multiple agencies are responsible for notifying the public of emergencies. Alerts of incoming bad weather come directly from the National Weather Service, according to NewsCenter 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. 

“We actually see it instantly into our weather graphics and that is why it is so great with the new technology that we have to get these watches and warnings immediately,” Vrydaghs said. 

The NWS alerts also go directly to emergency management agencies statewide.

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Other emergency notices include Amber alerts, concerning missing children, which come from local law enforcement. 

The Ohio Department of Transportation uses highway electronic signs to notify the public of slow traffic or emergency response crews blocking expressway lanes. 

Jordan said oftentimes, their best means of distributing emergency information is through the media. The agency uses social media as well, but broadcast radio and TV can reach more people very quickly. 

He advises people that in case of a true emergency to take cover first and then check local media for updates on the situation. 

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Lanes reopen on NB I-75 near Needmore Rd. after three-vehicle crash 

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:49 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 6:30 AM

2 lanes of I-75N closed after two-vehicle crash

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Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • On northbound I-75 before the Needmore Road exit in Dayton, three-vehicle accident with one vehicle on its side around 5:35 a.m. All lanes have reopened as of 7 a.m.

Surface Street Incidents 

  • At Wyoming Street and St. Paul Avenue in Dayton, a car reportedly crashed into a building around 6:25 a.m.

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.

SHELBY COUNTY

  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 

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Forum: Opioid recovery programs needed in rural Ohio

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 6:56 AM



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Zach and Krista Gullufsen relocated from Englewood to Washington Court House to be close to family after frozen pipes burst and flooded their home.

Married since 2011, the husband and wife have battled back from a downward spiral into an addiction to pain pills and are now three years sober. 

"We were addicted to pain medication," Krista said. "It started out very legitimate … We were both prescribed pain medication simultaneously and it just spiraled out of control … It had a death grip on us that's for sure." 

The Gullufsens were among dozens who shared their stories and offered insights during a forum on the opioid crisis, hosted by Your Voice Ohio. 

The two-hour event, one of a series of similar forums being held throughout the state, took place at the Lafayette Room on South Fayette Street in Washington Court House.

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The series of forums is aimed in-part at enabling journalists to make contacts and hear directly from those impacted to inform the narrative about the ongoing problem of substance abuse and addiction to opioids. 

Participants are asked three questions: What does the opioid crisis look like in your community? What are some of the causes? What steps might we take to combat the epidemic? 

During a discussion in her small group, Brenda Campbell, a social worker in Fayette County, agreed with the sentiment that some people are becoming apathetic to the problem, but the opioid crisis is impacting all of us. 

"It costs all of us when they're in jail. It costs all of us when their kids have to go to foster care," she said. 

Campbell said opioid addiction ties up emergency medical services and law enforcement. She said a few years ago she was in the emergency room when one of her parents fell ill when an unconscious man who had overdosed was driven to the ER. 

"She (the driver) came screaming into the waiting area that 'he's dead He's dead,'" Campbell said. "They all went out and drug him out of the car … They gave him at least one shot of Narcan. Maybe two. And he walked out of there before we did." 

Kelly Yates, a counselor who recently moved up from Florida, said more needs to be done to educate youths and to provide outlets for positive, drug- and alcohol-free activities. 

"It's an epidemic here in Washington Court House. It's bad. There's nothing for the youth at all here," said Yates, who said he's heard about syringes being found in the high school bathroom. "This is something that starts with the adults, but it ends up with the youth. And that's where we need to nip it in the bud." 

A common complaint in the room was that there are hardly any resources or treatment facilities in the area, and the programs that are in place often are reserved for those who break the law and are given the treatment option in lieu of jail. 

For Zach and Krista Gullufsen, recovery meant traveling to bigger cities where they said there are more qualified professionals and more out-patient recovery programs available. 

"All the people with the good services, they're all in the metropolitan areas. Rural people don't have access to that," Zach told the crowd. "We need the money to attract those doctors and start those services in the rural areas … You need professionals that know what they're doing and know how to fight this."

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Man taken to area hospital after being struck by vehicle in Trotwood

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:06 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:44 AM

Pedestrian strike in Trotwood

UPDATE @ 6:15 a.m: One man was taken to Grandview Medical Center after he was struck by a vehicle in Trotwood early Tuesday morning.

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The initial call reported that a woman hit a man and that he was in the middle of the road on East Westbrook Road at Macduff Drive, according to investigators.

His condition is unknown at this time.

Officials continue to investigate whether the incident was accidental or on purpose. 

INITIAL REPORT

Officials continue to investigate a pedestrian strike that occurred in the area of East Westbrook Road at Macduff Drive in Trotwood early Tuesday morning.

The incident was dispatched just after midnight, per initial reports.

A medic was requested to the scene, but there are no further details on the person who was struck. 

Westbrook Road at MacDuff Drive was blocked off during the investigation for around two hours, but has since reopened. 

We’re working to learn more details on the ordeal and will continue to update this story as they become available. 

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Malfunctioning pump spills 10 gallons of fuel, prompting HAZMAT to respond

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:09 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:58 AM

Fuel spill at Vandalia Shell station prompts HAZMAT response

UPDATE @ 6 a.m: A malfunctioning pump spilled ten gallons of fuel at a Vandalia gas station Tuesday morning, prompting HAZMAT to respond.

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The incident occurred at the Shell gas station in the 500 block of National Road, per initial reports.

The gas station was closed while crews were on scene, but half of the station pumps have reopened for service.

No injuries or other hazards were reported as a result of the spill.

INITIAL REPORT

HAZMAT has been requested to a Vandalia gas station after a fuel spill.

Initial reports indicate fuel spilled at the Shell gas station in the 500 block of National Road. The gas station is closed while crews respond.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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