Avery told the commissioners that he recently met with the EMA advisory council and discussed the County Emergency Management Plan. The members agreed that some minor changes need to be made and those changes will be forthcoming for the advisory council’s approval and for the approval of the commissioners.
Marshall County EMA Director Clyde Avery recommends that every family, every school and every business review or create an emergency plan for how to respond when severe weather occurs. Having a plan and practicing a plan significantly increases your chances of surviving a severe weather event.
The National Weather Service of Northern Indiana has issued a Winter Storm Watch which is in effect from late Tuesday night through Wednesday afternoon.
Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery will discuss two grant applications, Sheriff Tom Chamberlin will seek approval to find a merit officer replacement, and County Attorney Jim Clevenger will discuss the Culver Military Academy Development Bonds.
According to Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery, the “Warning Level” advisory will go into effect at 7 p.m. ET tonight. If the weather and road conditions become a safety concern, the declaration may be put in place earlier than 7 p.m. ET.
The “advisory” level means that routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas and individuals should use caution or avoid the areas. The “watch” level means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. Only essential travel is recommended, such as to and from work or in emergency situations. Continue reading
It was reported by our reporting partners yesterday that Kosciuscko County will not be able to receive assistance as the damage reported was not enough to declare a disaster on the federal level.
Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery urges you to give yourself some extra time to get to your destination and clear off your car so you can properly see and prevent debris flying off your car while in transit. Clear windows, headlights and taillights of snow and ice.
The most important tip, Hoover said, is to make sure your family knows where to go in a severe storm. Lay out an emergency plan with a place to meet in case you get separated and designate an emergency contact that is out of the immediate area to call in case of a disaster.
The County School Safety Commission is required in order for schools to apply for the secured school safety grant from the state.
Avery offers these tips: learn more about different threats that could affect your community and the appropriate responses to them, plan in advance what you and your family will do in an emergency, and put together a kit of emergency supplies that will allow you and your family to survive for at least three days in the event an emergency happens. This kit should include basic items such as water, food, battery-powered radio, flashlight, a first aid kit, cash, pet food, and clothing.
Once you have done all of these steps, get involved in preparing your community.
If you need more information on that types of disasters that could affect your area or more preparedness information, contact the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency at (574) 936-3740.
The ordinance was brought forth by Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery. In the case of an emergency and funds are needed, the ordinance allows the funds to be approved by just the president of the Marshall County Commissioners and the president of the Marshall County Council. A special meeting with all members of the governing bodies will not need to be called to approve these expenses.
One of those items is an ordinance amendment concerning part-time hours in the personnel policy. The change reflects action taken to avoid running part-time workers logging more than 30 hours a week on a regular basis thus being eligible for insurance benefits as laid out in the Affordable Care Act.
Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery explained that the siren at the Plymouth/Goshen Trail in Centennial Park has been fixed, but the one out at Plymouth Speedway is still in need of repair.
The Plymouth Fire Department had conducted routine tests earlier this week and worked quickly to repair the siren in the park, but a bigger issue is plaguing the siren at Plymouth Speedway.
The signal to start the siren is triggered at the Marshall County Dispatch Center.
The Marshall County Commissioners approved the payment of $7,000 to the Marshall County Humane Society. The county usually supports the humane society with $40,000 a year and had been behind in payments to the group.
The commissioners discussed the payment system and decided that the cost should be paid in January so the officials can budget their money they way they need to at the beginning of the year.
Auditor Penny Lukenbill urged the commissioners to draw up a contract with the humane society pertaining to the payment system as she can’t find a current contract. There was a contract, but the paper trail can not be accounted for.
The commissioners also approved a motion to pay EMA Director Clyde Avery out of county’s funds instead of having him get his salary through a grant distributed by the state. All three commissioners commented on how well Avery is conducting business out of his office. The state keeps raising the bar on points needed to obtain the grant and the commissioners know how hard he works to make sure the county is in compliance for a variety of issues.
It was unanimously approved to fund Avery’s salary out of the county budget.
These warnings have prompted the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency to provide help to those prone to flooding. Director Clyde Avery asks you to take steps to protect your property.
The Marshall County Emergency Management Agency is teaming up with the Marshall County SKYWARN group and the National Weather Service to present the annual Weather Observer and Outreach Talk program.
This weather spotter course will be presented in a webinar setting and conference call.
The Marshall County Commissioners approved several appointments during their recent meeting.
The commissioners approved the following reappointments: Clyde Avery as EMA Director, Neal Haeck as the Highway Superintendent, Chuck DeWitt as Building Inspector, and James Clevenger as County Attorney.
Pam Schweizer-Betz was approved as the veterans service officer by a unanimous vote. She will begin in the full-time position today.
The commissioners will meet again this morning at 8:30 a.m. ET when the board members will reorganize, Haley Kittrell – the new CASA director – will give a report, and several other appointments will be approved.