42 years later: Blizzard of ’78, speaking with EMA on preparedness

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio – 42 years ago, the blizzard of 1978 was well underway in our area. The storm brought snow drifts up to ten feet high and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour.

Director for the Emergency Management Agency of Muskingum County Jeff Jadwin says the organization is ready in case an emergency occurs, just like the blizzard.

“The main job of the EMA is to coordinate resources when there’s a major event. So whether it be the blizzard in ’78 or the flooding of two years ago, we try to make sure everybody’s coordinated and that all the necessary equipment, personnel, opening shelters — providing anything anybody would need is taken care of.”

The organization is in charge of coordinating different services.

“If we’d have another blizzard like that, we would — we would try to make it to work. Obviously, you know, that was a quick event. There was a little bit of warning but we would get prepared ahead of time. Be watching river levels, making sure that shelters can be opened up — coordinating that through the Red Cross. Coordinating with different county agencies that four-wheel vehicles could be used to transport necessary people to their work.”

Jadwin added that necessary workers would include hospital employees and staff for organizations like Meals on Wheels.

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