Emergency Warning Sirens
The Fairfield County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security has created a new page on their website listing the location of warnings sirens throughout the County, their status and notations of service to each of these locations. The red line indicates a problem on that particular siren. Once the siren is serviced and becomes operable again, the red line will be changed to a blue line. They also ask for your assistance in reporting sirens that are not operating properly and have provided an email address to report the outage or to answer any questions you may have.
What to do when a disaster occurs:
First and foremost you must be prepared to take action to protect yourself and others. Remain calm and do not make any hasty decisions.
The Pickerington Police Department and the Fairfield and Franklin Emergency Management Agencies are providing the following steps to help you through a catastrophe.
Weather Related Emergencies:
Please remember that each police, fire, utility service will be swamped with calls that are emergency and non emergency types. The most important factor in weather related incidents is to remain patient. It is impossible to reach every person and every home and put up signs to direct traffic flow or close off roads within minutes of the storm.
Many times an evacuation or partial evacuation is called for. Any person who has been evacuated or left the premises during any emergency will NOT be allowed to return until the situation has been declared safe by the appropriate agency - Violet Township Fire Department or the Pickerington Police Department.
Do not drive around emergency apparatus for any reason. You can be arrested.
Stay in if the weather is such that road emergencies have been declared. Floods and Ice Storms are the most likely to be our primary problems.
Floods are dangerous. It only takes a small amount of running water to literally lift a vehicle and swoop into a creek or pond. Do not cross high water if it is moving. Pay attentions to roads that are closed. If your home is being threatened by flood there are some steps you should consider:
Turn off all electrical devices, including your furnace, washer and dryer.
Move items that cannot be salvaged if wet.
Keep your pets upstairs and away from danger.
If the threat of flood is eminent, leave your home and follow evacuation routes. Take only those items needed to survive a few days.
Ice Storms will always be a problem in the Pickerington area. There a couple of dangers generally associated with this disaster. First, the loss of power, that means no heat. If the loss of power is the only problem, many homes have built in fireplaces. Have firewood ready or use an alternate source of power (generators) to provide for basic services. Remember that not every portable generator is large enough to provide power to your entire home, so be careful purchasing one.
Utilizing the “Shelter in Place” equipment will also help keep you warm for a short time.
The secondary danger often associated with Ice Storms is falling tree limbs. One reason for staying inside your home is to remain safe. If your home is struck by a tree, be sure that everyone is moved to another location in the home for safety reason. Call the Pickerington Police Department or The Violet Township Fire Department if you need assistance.
What items do I need to make a basic “Shelter-in-Place” kit?
Plastic sheeting, duct tape, blankets, flashlights first aid supplies, snack foods, bottled water, battery operated clock, battery operated radio or TV, extra batteries, bath towels. Pack enough for at least three days of supplies for each person residing in your home
Fortunately the chance of this type of disaster is small but being prepared can safe your life.
During any disaster police and fire personnel are prepared to protect you and your family. Police will bring in extra personnel to assist in whatever needs are determined. Fire personnel have extensive training in rescue and evacuations.
The Pickerington Police Department and the Violet Township Fire Department work hard to keep you safe.
First and foremost bring your shelter in the kit. Bring extra clothes and enough food and water for a couple of days. Most evacuees will be headed to other family members or friends homes so it is not essential to bring everything you own.
Pay attention to the directions that are given to you by TV, radio and on the streets. It is imperative that you follow directions. Safe evacuations routes are set up to permit egress from a disaster without traffic interference.
The City of Pickerington will utilize SR 256 in a north and south direction, while Refugee road will be used for the east and west directions. These roads are the primary roads. Secondary roads such as Long, Diley, Lockville will also be utilized in parallel routing if needed.
If police have closed roads, do not attempt to cross their barriers or drive onto closed roads.