Culver Joins Disaster Declaration for Marshall County

The Culver Town Council members acknowledged Culver’s inclusion in Marshall County’s designation in a disaster declaration for flooding. Any residents experiencing flood damage are encouraged to call 2-1-1 or the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency at 574-936-3740. All damage is to be reported for a better chance of receiving federal assistance for repairs and recovery.

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Area EMA Director Attends Long Term Recovery Seminar

A lot of emergency management organizations and the emergency response teams have what it takes to respond in the event of a catastrophic event. When the event is over, what is the responsibility of those entities?

Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery attended a long term recovery seminar this week where he learned ways communities can rebound after a disaster. He says partnerships need to be developed and plans implemented now in case of an event.

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Marshall County EMA Director Provides Quarterly Update to Commissioners

Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery discussed some items with the Marshall County Commissioners Monday morning.

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.

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Marshall County Will Enact Warning Level Travel Advisory Later Tonight

Marshall County officials will be issuing an emergency declaration today, Tuesday, Feb. 4. The emergency declaration will include a “Warning Level” travel advisory for travel upon roadways in the un-incorporated areas of Marshall County.

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.

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Marshall County EMA Director Reviews Travel Advisory Categories

As we brace for another round of snow storms today, Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery reminded the commissioners yesterday of the three travel restrictions that could be issued during a snow event.

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

Marshall County EMA Grant Applications Approved

Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery asked permission from the commissioners this week to apply for two reimbursable grants.

The first grant would be for $5,179.77 where the money would be used to purchase handed held devices for the emergency operations center, emergency alert radios to be given to the public, and literature to inform residents about various events and how to protect against the impact of those events.

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Marshall County EMA Warns of Potential Flooding

Residents who live in flood-prone areas may be in for a soggy Christmas celebration due to a combination of rain and melting snow. Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery says ditches and creeks may flood, and ponding on roads and potential wash-outs are all possible. He urges anyone who has experienced issues with flooding in the past to take precautionary measures to ensure safety. He recommends using an all-hazards weather radio to stay informed about potential dangers and developing a family safety plan. Additionally, Avery says you should never let children play around high water areas, ditches or storm drains. He adds that barricades are put up for protection and says you should never try to drive around one. Turn around, don’t drown – don’t drive through flooded roadways, as the pavement underneath may be washed out. Also, Avery says motorists need to be extra cautious at night when it is more difficult to recognize flood dangers.

Marshall County EMA Director Clyde Avery Urges Filing of Damage Reports

Howard County is one county seeking federal assistance after the Nov. 17 storms that wrecked havoc in the state. The weather affected our listening area with an EF-1 tornado in Pulaski County.

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.

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Snow Could Create Road Hazards Today

The listening area remains on alert for falling snow today. Northwest winds of 15-25 mph could cause areas of blowing and drifting snow.

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.

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Marshall County Residents Cleaning Up After Storm

Residents continue cleaning up after a line of storms bared down on the Kankakee Valley Sunday night.

Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery told WKVI that he’s gotten a few reports from residents who sustained structural damage. He encourages those who have damage to call his office at (574) 936-3740. Federal assistance may be available. Avery stated that the state would have to meet a minimal threshold in order to be eligible for assistance.

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One Broken Tornado Siren Fixed in Plymouth

One of the two broken tornado warning sirens in Plymouth has been repaired.

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.