July 24, 2019

Clermont County seeks feedback on draft All-Hazards Mitigation Plan

BATAVIA, Ohio (July 24, 2019) — The Clermont County Emergency Management Agency has partnered with the local cities, townships, villages and county agencies to update the All-Hazards Mitigation Plan. To gain a sense of public sentiment, the county requests feedback by Aug. 23.

The plan is required by 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 201 and the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Local jurisdictions must update the plan every five years to remain eligible for pre-disaster and post-disaster mitigation grant programs. The existing county plan was adopted in 2014.

The Draft All-Hazards Mitigation Plan is available at: https://ema.clermontcountyohio.gov/mitigation-plan/. Hard copies are available at all 10 Clermont County libraries and the County Administration Building (101 E. Main Street, 3rd Floor, Batavia).

Feedback can be submitted via:

  • Online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/communityfeedbacksurvey
  • Hardcopy survey: at the 10 Clermont County Library Branches and the County Administration Building
  • E-mail: clermontema@clermontcountyohio.gov
  • Phone: 513.732.7661
  • Mail: Clermont County Emergency Management Agency, 2279 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia, Ohio 45103
  • Fax: 513.735.8546

The purpose of the All-Hazards Mitigation Plan is to: identify the hazards that could affect Clermont County, including the cities, villages and townships within the county; identify mitigation activities to eliminate/reduce any losses from those hazards; and establish a coordinated process to implement the plan, taking advantage of state and federal grant opportunities.

During the plan development process, communities identified hazards that could affect their residents and developed potential mitigation actions to reduce or eliminate risk. The comment period provides an opportunity for all community partners to review the draft plan and share their feedback.

The All-Hazards Mitigation Plan increases public awareness of local hazards and helps the county communicate local needs to state and federal officials when funding becomes available, particularly following a disaster.

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January 8, 2019

Public invited to attend All-Hazards Mitigation Plan meeting

BATAVIA, Ohio (Jan. 8, 2019) – The public is invited to participate in the process of updating Clermont County’s All-Hazards Mitigation Plan by attending a meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Pierce Township Administration Building, 950 Locust Corner Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245.

It’s necessary to update the plan every five years so that Clermont County and participating communities can remain eligible for pre-disaster and post-disaster mitigation grant programs.

The purpose of the All-Hazards Mitigation Plan is to:

  1. Identify natural hazards that could affect Clermont County, including the cities, villages, and townships within the county;
  2. Identify mitigation strategies to reduce or eliminate disaster-related losses; and,
  3. Establish a coordinated process to implement the plan and take advantage of state and federal grant opportunities.

 

Public attendance is requested to provide feedback on suggested actions towards mitigating potential hazards. This will be the second public meeting.

For more information: https://ema.clermontcountyohio.gov/mitigation-plan/

November 5, 2018

Investigation continues on siren issues

BATAVIA, Ohio (Nov. 5, 2018) – The Clermont County Department of Public Safety Services is continuing to investigate what may have caused outdoor warning sirens to sound in Clermont County on Nov. 3 and Oct. 24. On both days, about half the sirens in the county went off at about the same time, 10:30 a.m.

Sirens in Clermont County are used in very limited circumstances, including when:

  • A tornado warning has been issued by the National Weather Service.
  • A funnel cloud is reported by credible source.
  • A chemical emergency has occurred and a shelter-in-place order has been issued.

The sirens are tested once a month, at noon on the first Wednesday of the month.

Clermont County has 74 sirens. They are located throughout the county to ensure that residents can hear them when they are outside.

The sirens consist of reconditioned civil defense sirens, which receive a VHF signal for activation. The remainder are activated by a VHF/FSK signal (Frequency-Shift Keying) technology from the 1990s.

Twice now the FSK sirens have been activated without human intervention. Investigations so far have not detected a cause for this random activation.

After the activation on Saturday, a manual cutoff circuit was placed between the transmitter and the phone lines to prevent the signal from reaching the sirens. The sirens can still be manually activated if the need arises, said John Kiskaden, Director of Public Safety Services.

American Signal, the manufacturer of the transmitter, is working with Clermont County to determine whether the transmitter is the issue and recommend solutions to resolve the random activation of the VHF/FSK sirens.

“We understand the frustrations and confusion of our residents and we will find out why this is happening and do our best to ensure it does not happen again,” said Ed Humphrey, President of the Board of County Commissioners.

“Inadvertent alarms are very concerning,” said Commissioner David Painter. “We will verify and reverify this system until we find out why this happened.”

“Although residents are understandably confused by these false alarms, they should not ignore sirens,” said Pam Haverkos, Director of the Clermont County Emergency Management Agency. “If the sirens sound, seek shelter, tune into local media outlets for additional information, and take the appropriate action.”

Residents are also encouraged to have multiple means of receiving weather-related alerts and warnings.  For more information go to: https://ema.clermontcountyohio.gov/emergency-notification/

For more information on warning sirens, go to https://ema.clermontcountyohio.gov/outdoor-weather-sirens.

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November 1, 2018

Public is invited to participate in Nov. 15 meeting on hazard plan update

BATAVIA, Ohio (Nov. 1, 2018) – Clermont County is in the process of updating its All-Hazard Mitigation Plan, which must be updated every five years in order for the county and participating communities to remain eligible for pre-disaster and post-disaster mitigation grant programs.

The public is invited to participate in this process. A public meeting will be held from 5-6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Clermont County Engineer’s Office, 2381 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia.

The purpose of the All-Hazard Mitigation Plan is to:

  • Identify natural hazards that could affect Clermont County, including the cities, villages and townships within the county;
  • Identify mitigation strategies to reduce or eliminate disaster-related losses; and
  • Establish a coordinated process to implement the plan and take advantage of state and federal grant opportunities.

Additional opportunities will be available for public and community participation. See the Clermont County Emergency Management Agency webpage and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the planning process.

Read the current mitigation plan.

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July 27, 2018

Kasich approves state relief program for jurisdictions impacted by February storms

BATAVIA, Ohio – The Clermont County Emergency Agency was notified on July 25 that Gov. John Kasich approved the implementation of the State Disaster Relief Program (SDRP) for local government agencies in Clermont County impacted by the Ohio River flood and tornado that occurred this past February.

These jurisdictions have the potential to be reimbursed up to an estimated $943,000. Each eligible agency must submit a letter of intent to apply to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, which is coordinating this effort, by Aug. 24. The Ohio EMA will then get funding approval from the State Controlling Board, which meets on Sept. 10, before distributing any funds.

These expenses represent local government outlays during the flood and tornado, including debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged publicly-owned facilities. This funding is available to the local political subdivisions and non-profit organizations that participated in the damage assessment process.

The jurisdictions and potential reimbursement amounts are:

Batavia Township                                          $104,000

Clermont County Engineer                          $266,139.63

Clermont County Sheriff                              $9,237.95

Washington Township                                 $58,719.40

Village of New Richmond                            $124,811.80

Clermont County Commissioners             $11,351.34

Franklin Township                                       $246,277.44

Monroe Township                                        $18,081.46

Pierce Township                                           $44,601.78

Village of Moscow                                        $30,000

Clermont Municipal Court                         $5,089

Clermont County Park District                  $3,500

Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District     $21,000

Countywide Total                                   $942,809.80

Previously, these Clermont County jurisdictions had submitted an application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster relief through its Public Assistance Program. FEMA denied certain expenses that it considered ineligible as FEMA was unable to determine that the damage was caused specifically during the February storms.

Under the SDRP, the state will reimburse 75% of eligible expenses. Each government agency will be responsible for the balance of the expenses.

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March 12, 2018

Building damage estimates from flood, tornado completed

BATAVIA, Ohio (March 12, 2018) – The Clermont County Building Inspection Department completed estimates of structural damage caused by the Ohio River flood of late February and the Feb. 24 tornado that struck a portion of the county.

The Building Inspection Department found through its field assessments that a total of 354 structures had been affected by the flood waters. The Village of New Richmond had the most buildings damaged, 175. One building in the county was declared destroyed in the flood, and that was in New Richmond, while 13 were found to have major damage.

The report estimated that the total dollar loss from the floods was $772,642, based on a total building value of $23.4 million. Building valuations are provided by the Auditor’s Office, according to Building Inspection Department Director Carl Lamping.

“If the building is found to have 10% damage, then the dollar loss is considered to be 10% of the total value as determined by the Auditor,” Lamping said.

For the tornado, the Building Inspection Department found that a total of 46 structures were damaged, for a total dollar loss of $74,800 based on the total building value of $2.1 million. Seven structures were found to have major damage.

Lamping said that enforcement of building codes and regulations to reduce flood damage by local jurisdictions, and the property owners’ efforts to maintain existing structures, “have had a very positive effect on reducing the damages caused by these types of natural events.” He said that damage was not as significant as might have been expected because more buildings have been kept up to code.

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March 2, 2018

Town hall for communities affected by flood, tornado set for Monday

BATAVIA, Ohio (March 2, 2018) — A town hall meeting for residents of ALL communities affected by the recent Ohio River flooding and tornado will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, March 5, at the gymnasium at Market Street School, 212 Market St., New Richmond. Officials will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

Representatives from various local governments and non-profit organizations will be there, including the Greater Cincinnati American Red Cross (case management), the Clermont County Building Department (permits), the Clermont County Office of Environmental Quality (debris management), local zoning departments, Ohio Department of Insurance, and others.

In other flood-related news, Team Rubicon, a non-profit organization that specializes in disaster cleanup and recovery, will begin working in Clermont County on Saturday.

More information and tips for property owners who were affected by the flood and corresponding tornado:

Utilities: To start the process to get your utilities reconnected, make sure all floodwaters have receded from your home, including the basement. Follow the process outlined here.

Red Cross emergency assistance: Call hotline at 513.579.3048.

Cleaning, hygiene supplies:  Matthew 25 Ministries is distributing supplies at the First Baptist Church of New Richmond, 213 Western Ave. They are there daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Monday. Their partners include P&G, Tide Loads of Hope Laundry, and Cintas.

Do not drop off donations here.

Making donations: The Salvation Army is accepting donations at its six area drop-off locations, open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. They are accepting clothing, cleaning supplies and non-perishable food. More information on website.

Financial donations: Financial donations can be made at Park National Bank locations. They should be made to the Ohio Valley Long Term Recovery Committee. They can also be made to reputable disaster relief organizations operating in the affected communities.

Assistance for low-income, elderly, disabled: The State of Ohio has made a limited amount of money available for qualifying disaster-related expenses to individuals who meet certain criteria. Read more here.

Household hazardous waste: The Office of Environmental Quality can provide you with a voucher for disposal. More information here.

Hazardous drums and tanks: If you see potentially hazardous fuel drums, propane tanks, etc., that have washed up on your property or other areas, please call 911 and let the dispatchers know where the items are.

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March 2, 2018

Team Rubicon to help in Clermont County flood recovery, cleanup

Clermont County, March 3-9, 2018 Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response organization, has launched Operation Delta Queen to support residents of Clermont County following the recent flooding.

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams to communities affected by disaster.

Team Rubicon will be conducting a Type 5 response in Clermont County to assist with ongoing flooding response and recovery efforts. The response is expected to last six days with about 20 volunteers coming to help out.

Team Rubicon’s volunteers will provide damage assessments and muck out to affected communities in coordination with local and state authorities.

Team Rubicon performs its services at no cost to those affected, thanks to the generosity of donors.

U.S. Marine Corps veterans Jake Wood and William McNulty founded the nonprofit in 2010 following the massive Haiti earthquake. It has grown from eight to over 65,000 volunteers with over 225 operations under its belt.

 About Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon is a nonprofit organization offering veterans a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. Programs and services are made possible by the support of individual donors, corporate partners, and the dedication of volunteers across the country. To join or support Team Rubicon’s mission, visit www.TeamRubiconUSA.org.

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February 28, 2018

Latest flood update information; town hall scheduled

BATAVIA, Ohio (Feb. 28, 2018) – Clermont County Commissioners today approved a waiver of building permit fees relating to the reoccupancy of buildings and structures impacted by the recent severe storms and flooding the county has experienced. Fees will be waived through March 16.

Commissioner David Painter and New Richmond Village Administrator Greg Roberts held a news conference today (Feb. 28)  to brief  the media and the public on flood recovery operations and available help for residents in the impacted communities.

“We want all the residents of Clermont County whose lives have been affected by this flood and corresponding tornado to know that we are working hard on their behalf,” Painter said. “We will make sure they get the help that they need.”

A town hall meeting for residents of ALL communities affected by the flooding will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, March 5, at the gymnasium at Market Street School, 212 Market St., New Richmond.  Officials will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

Other points covered by Painter and Roberts:

PROPERTY DAMAGE: The county building department is assessing damage.

Today the Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution to waive building inspection permit fees relating to the reoccupation of buildings affected by the flooding. But you WILL need an inspection and permit related to the reoccupation of the evacuated buildings and structures.

UTLITIES: To get your utilities reconnected, first make sure ALL floodwaters have receded, including from your basement. Then, clean your mechanical & electrical devices. After that, call the Building Department at 513.732.7213. They will take your application and start the process.

PERSONAL NEEDS ASSISTANCE: Anyone in affected areas with personal unmet needs should contact American Red Cross flood hotline at 513.579.3048.

DONATION DISTRIBUTION:  A donation distribution site is set up at First Baptist Church of New Richmond, 213 Western Ave.

Matthew 25 Ministries will be there daily 9-6 through Monday. They are distributing cleaning supplies and hygiene supplies. Their partners include P&G, Tide, and Cintas.

Tide Loads of Hope Laundry trailer is on site to help with laundry needs.

Lowes is distributing  cleaning supplies and water in the Village of New Richmond.

Please do NOT drop off supplies here.

DONATIONS: Salvation Army is accepting donations at its 6 area drop-off locations. Those locations are open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. They are accepting clothing, cleaning supplies and non-perishable food.

FINANCIAL DONATIONS: Financial donations can be made at Park National Bank locations. They should be made to the Ohio Valley Long Term Recovery Committee. They can also be made to reputable disaster relief organizations operating in the affected communities.

VOLUNTEERS: Any organization or individual who wants to volunteer should call the Clermont County Emergency Management Agency at 513-735-8500. Your information will be taken and we will be getting back to you.

The need for an organized Volunteer Cleanup Day is being assessed and more information will be forthcoming.

Information will be released soon on debris pickup and hazardous material collections.

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February 26, 2018

Ohio River flooding/Update Monday

3:45 p.m. Feb. 26

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

TORNADO:
The Clermont County Building Inspection Department has completed damage assessments in the communities impacted by the EF1 tornado that came through early Sunday. Those communities include Monroe Township, Washington Township, Franklin Township, and the Village of Felicity. The Building Department will provide a final number of structures impacted and estimated total value.

FLOODING:
As the Ohio River recedes, the Building Department will be assessing the impact to homes and businesses in the Village of New Richmond, the Village of Neville, Monroe, Pierce and Ohio Townships.

RECOVERY
The county and affected communities are transitioning into the recovery phase and will be coordinating debris-management efforts and long-term recovery activities in conjunction with faith-based and non-profit disaster relief agencies.

Roads: Road crews from ODOT, Clermont County Engineer’s Office, and local road and service departments will be cleaning up roads and rights-of-way impacted by flooding. Drivers must obey road closed signs, or face fines.

Property cleanup: The Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with the local public safety agencies will be coordinating with disaster relief organizations that specialize mucking-out and disaster recovery. More detailed information will be provided soon.

RIVER PROJECTIONS
The Ohio River is at 59.2 feet at 2 p.m. Monday (Cincinnati gauge) and is continuing to fall. National Weather Service’s hydrograph: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=iln&gage=ccno1

TORNADO 
An EF-1 tornado touched down early Sunday morning near Felicity. It began along Neville Penn Schoolhouse Road. A second tornado also went into Brown County.

NEW RICHMOND
New Richmond is allowing residents and business owners to re-enter at their own risk. The water barricades are being moved back to provide a buffer from the water. Please refrain from driving on flooded roadways.

UTILITIES
Duke Energy is working with local building officials on power restoration.

SHELTER
The Greater Cincinnati Red Cross at New Richmond High School will continue to operate. 14 people stayed overnight on Sunday.

PET SHELTER
Tri-State County Animal Response Team continues to operate a shelter at First Baptist Church of New Richmond Auxiliary Building, 1168 Bethel New Richmond Road.

DECLARATIONS
The Villages of New Richmond and Moscow, and Franklin Township, Pierce Township, Ohio Township, Monroe Township, and Washington Township have declared an emergency. Clermont County has declared a state of emergency.

Gov. Kasich declared a state of emergency Saturday for multiple counties including Clermont.

VOLUNTEERS/DONATE
People interested in donating or volunteering to help those that have been affected by the flooding should call 513.735.8500. At this time, we are taking information and will follow up when we are at the point that we can utilize the donations/volunteers.

CONTRACTORS – BUYER BEWARE
Property owners are urged to be very careful before they hire a contractor. Contractors should be registered with the Secretary of State. They should be bonded and insured. Do not pay cash. Make sure you get a written estimate. Check the websites of the Ohio Attorney General and Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints. Other tips here.

RECOVERY RESOURCES

See attached http://ema.clermontcountyohio.gov/announcements/

PIO CONTACTS:

New Richmond: Greg Roberts, Village Administrator, groberts@newrichmond.org; 513.553.4146 X15.

Clermont County: Kathleen Williams, kwilliams@clermontcountyohio.gov; 513.490.6520

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