Zanesville’s Emergency Managers Mark National Preparedness Month

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio — September is National Preparedness Month and the Muskingum Co. Office of Emergency Management wants people to be prepared. Not just in September, EMA Director Jeff Jadwin says, but as what FEMA has determined this month is preparedness month. He says we’re coming up into winter storms and such, and hurricane season for part of the country, so we need to be very congizant of what’s going on around us and be prepared.

“Be prepared, whether it’s preparing our home, preparing our to-go bags. You know, making sure that we get all the weather alerts, whether it’s from the TV stations, our reverse 911 system, the National Weather Service, we need to be prepared for what might be coming in the — today, tomorrow, the next few months.”

Jadwin says there is a reverse 9-1-1 system in place and the Muskingum Co. EMA has adopted IPAWS, or the Integrated Public Alert & Warning System, run through FEMA. Jadwin says his local agency had to get federal permission to implement that through Zanesville’s system to serve people passing through town, like Interstate 70 travelers. It’s a local system that we pay for each year out of EMA money to provide that service to our citizens, he says.

“We need to consider what all we need to prepare for an event. It’s not just us and our kids. We have to consider our pets, our neighbors, an elderly gentleman or woman who can’t care for themselves may need your help when bad weather is coming or they don’t get the alert and you need to let them know that something’s coming.”

The Muskingum County Office of Emergency Management operates forty-four tornado sirens and expects to add five more within about six to nine months.

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Jarrod Allen
Zanesville knew Jarrod before Jarrod knew Zanesville. He was born here & grew up just outside New Lexington. Jarrod comes to WHIZ after serving as the Statehouse correspondent for 700 WLW in Cincinnati, where he reported on statewide politics from Broad & High for four years, including the 2016 election. Jarrod has reported from the floor of the Ohio House of Representatives & Ohio Senate during the administration of Gov. John Kasich, the inauguration of Gov. Mike DeWine, the Ohio Democratic & Republican Parties and numerous state agencies & associations. He's an active member of the Ohio Legislative Correspondents' Association & and Ohio Radio & Television Correspondents' Association. He can sometimes be found in the Statehouse Radio & TV Newsroom keeping up with politics & getting video to put on TV here in Zanesville. Jarrod has been in broadcast journalism for about twenty-five years, reporting for stations in Ohio and, during eight years in Texas, in Houston, Dallas & Austin where he won an Associated Press award for his work on the Bastrop Complex Wildfire while at KLBJ. He has a degree in Broadcast Engineering & Production from Hocking College, and in Applied Communication from Ohio University. Jarrod calls Perry County home, where he enjoys working with his dad's horse, fixing up the family farm & working with digital printing as a hobby. He returns to WHIZ as a TV, radio & web journalist having worked for George Hiotis & the Littick family in 2000 & 2001.