WEEC NEWS – TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2014


A WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM WEDNESDAY. WINDS FROM THE WEST TO SOUTHWEST WILL BE AROUND 5-15 MPH INTO WEDNESDAY. SUB ZERO TEMPERATURES CAN BE EXPECTED TODAY THROUGH TOMORROW MORNING WITH WIND CHILLS IN THE -20 TO -30 RANGE. FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA CAN OCCUR WITH EXPOSURE TO THE BITTER COLD. MORE DETAILS ON THE WEATHER LATER IN OUR NEWSCAST.

THE FREEZING CONDITIONS CLOSED MOST EVERY SCHOOL IN THE AREA…AS WELL AS COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES! SINCLAIR, THE UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON, WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY, CENTRAL STATE, CEDARVILLE AND KETTERING COLLEGE ALL CLOSED FOR TODAY WITH THE FREEZING WIND CHILL TEMPERATURES THAT CAME INTO THE REGION. AT CEDARVILLE, MEALS WILL BE SERVED BASED ON THE NORMAL SCHEDULE, ACCORDING TO UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS.

MANY SCHOOLS HAVE GONE OVER THEIR FIVE ALLOTTED SNOW DAYS OR CALAMITY DAYS. GOVERNOR JOHN KASICH IS URGING THE OHIO GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO WORK TOGETHER ON LEGISLATION PROVIDING A ONE-TIME INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF DAYS THAT SCHOOLS CAN TAKE OFF BECAUSE OF SNOW OR BAD WEATHER. KASICH SAID A ONE-TIME INCREASE OF JUST A FEW DAYS IS NEEDED SINCE SO MANY OHIO SCHOOLS HAVE USED – OR ARE CLOSE TO USING – THEIR FIVE ALLOWABLE “CALAMITY” DAYS DUE TO THE UNUSUALLY SEVERE WINTER WEATHER THIS YEAR. THE GOVERNOR STATED, “SCHOOL CLOSURES CAN, OF COURSE, BE AN INCONVENIENCE BUT STUDENT SAFETY ALWAYS COMES FIRST.” HE WENT ON TO SAY, “GIVING SCHOOLS A FEW EXTRA SNOW DAYS THIS YEAR WILL BE HELPFUL AND LET EVERYONE STAY FOCUSED ON THE TOP PRIORITY WHEN WEATHER HITS, KEEPING KIDS SAFE.” THE PROPOSED INCREASE WOULD BE FOR THE CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR ONLY.

OVER 2,000 DAYTON POWER AND LIGHT CUSTOMERS WERE WITHOUT POWER THIS MORNING IN MIAMI AND CHAMPAIGN COUNTIES. DP&L OFFICIALS SAID THEY ARE INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF THAT OUTAGE.

THERE ARE WARMING CENTERS AND SHELTERS IN THE CITY OF SPRINGFIELD WHERE PEOPLE CAN GO TO ESCAPE FROM FRIGID TEMPERATURES. THE SPRINGFIELD SOUP KITCHEN OPENED THEIR WARMING CENTER MONDAY AND WILL ACCEPT PEOPLE WHO NEED SHELTER. ELAINA BRADLEY OF INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK SAID THE HARTLEY HOUSE ACCEPTED NINE MEN WHO HAD BEEN STAYING AT THE SOUP KITCHEN AND WAS GRANTED THE APPROVAL TO INCREASE THEIR CAPACITY TO HANDLE AN INFLUX OF PEOPLE IN NEED, ACCORDING TO THE SPRINGFIELD NEWS SUN. BRADLEY SAID INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY’S NETWORK CAN OFFER SERVICES SUCH AS SLEEPING AREAS, SHOWERS, RESTROOM FACILITIES AND MEALS. THEY ALSO OPERATE A SHELTER FOR WOMEN AND FAMILIES CALLED NORM’S PLACE. FRED STEGNER OWNS AND OPERATES THE SPRINGFIELD SOUP KITCHEN AND SAID THEY EXPECT MORE PEOPLE AT THE SOUP KITCHEN TO STAY DURING THESE FRIGID TEMPERATURES. HE SAID THEY HAVE 12 COTS AND SEATING ROOM. AS OF YESTERDAY AFTERNOON IHN WAS SERVING 47 MEN AND 32 FAMILIES IN THEIR SHELTERS. BRADLEY SAID THEY NEED SOME ITEMS HOWEVER SUCH AS PAPER PRODUCTS, TRASH BAGS, LAUNDRY DETERGENT, AND HYGIENE ITEMS. IF YOU CAN HELP FULFILL THIS NEED YOU SHOULD TAKE THE SUPPLIES TO NORM’S PLACE LOCATED AT 501 W. HIGH STREET.

DAYTON IS OPERATING WARMING CENTERS AT THREE RECREATION CENTERS WHICH WILL BE OPEN FROM 6AM TO 9PM. THEY ARE GREATER DAYTON RECREATION CENTER, 2021 W. THIRD STREET, NORTHWEST RECREATION CENTER, 1600 PRINCETON AVENUE AND LOHREY RECREATION CENTER, 2366 GLENARM AVENUE. ST. VINCENT DE PAUL OPERATES THE FOLLOWING OVERNIGHT SHELTER FACILITIES: WOMEN AND FAMILIES SHOULD GO TO 120 W. APPLE STREET AND MEN WILL BE HOUSED AT 1921 W. GETTYSBURG.

THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF AGING IS ENCOURAGING ALL OHIOANS TO CHECK ON THEIR OLDER LOVED ONES AND NEIGHBORS…ESPECIALLY DURING THIS EXTREME COLD. OLDER ADULTS ARE AT HIGHER RISK FROM EXTREME COLD BECAUSE THEY TEND TO LOSE BODY HEAT MORE QUICKLY AND ARE MORE LIKELY TO TAKE MEDICATIONS THAT AFFECT THEIR ABILITY TO REGULATE BODY TEMPERATURE. AS A RESULT, THEY ARE AT HIGHER RISK FOR COMPLICATIONS FROM HYPOTHERMIA, FROSTBITE AND OTHER COLD-WEATHER ILLNESSES AND INJURIES. OHIO’S AREA AGENCIES ON AGING ARE READY TO ASSIST OLDER OHIOANS DURING THIS EXTREME WEATHER, PROVIDING SERVICES AND LINKING INDIVIDUALS TO LOCAL RESOURCES FOR FOOD, WARMING CENTERS AND OTHER HELP. YOU CAN CALL TOLL-FREE TO BE CONNECTED TO THE AGENCY SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY AT 1-866-243-5678 OR GO ON-LINE TO: WWW.AGING.OHIO.GOV.

SEEPEX INC PRODUCES SPECIALIZED PUMPS FOR A WIDE RANGE OF INDUSTRIES AND IS WORKING CLOSELY WITH DESIGN OUTREACH, A COLUMBUS NON PROFIT TO PROVIDE ACCESSIBLE, CLEAN WATER TO THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN SOME OF SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA’S POOREST REGIONS. WORKING TOGETHER, THEY ARE DEVELOPING A DEEP WELL WATER PUMP THAT CAN BE INSTALLED IN DEVELOPING NATIONS. THEY RAISE MONEY AND AWARENESS FOR A PILOT PROGRAM THAT IF SUCCESSFUL, COULD INSTALL 100 WATER PUMPS THIS YEAR AND PROVIDE CLEAN WATER TO AS MANY AS 50,000 PEOPLE IN SOME OF THE WORLD’S POOREST COUNTRIES ACCORDING TO THE REPORT IN THE NEWS-SUN. SEEPEX WILL MANUFACTURE AND PROVIDE THE PUMPS TO THE COLUMBUS NONPROFIT AT COST. KAMRAN MIRZA, DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT FOR SEEPEX SAID, “SEEPEX IS IN IT FOR HUMANITARIAN REASONS. WE DON’T INTEND TO MAKE A PROFIT OFF THIS.” SEEPEX AND DESIGN OUTREACH WILL HOLD AN INFORMATIONAL EVENT THURSDAY, JANUARY 30TH FROM 5:30-8PM AT SEEPEX, 511 SPEEDWAY DRIVE IN ENON.

SHOPPING CARTS CAN BE A MAJOR SOURCE OF INJURIES FOR OHIO CHILDREN, ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY FROM NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL IN COLUMBUS. RESEARCHERS FOUND THAT FROM 1990 TO 2011, MORE THAN 530,000 CHILDREN WERE TREATED IN EMERGENCY ROOMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR INJURIES ASSOCIATED WITH SHOPPING CARTS – INCLUDING FALLS, ENTRAPMENT AND CARTS THAT TIPPED OVER ON THEM. DR. GARY SMITH WITH NATIONWIDE’S CENTER FOR INJURY RESEARCH AND POLICY SAYS PARENTS’ AND CHILDREN’S BEHAVIOR PLAY A FACTOR, BUT THERE ARE ALSO FLAWS IN SHOPPING CART DESIGN. THE STUDY RECOMMENDS SOME DESIGN CHANGES, SUCH AS IMPROVING PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR THE SAFETY BELT OR RESTRAINT SYSTEMS, AND PLACING THE SEATING AREA OF THE CART NEAR THE FLOOR. DR. SMITH SAYS THE LATTER CHANGE IMPROVES SAFETY BY LOWERING THE CART’S CENTER OF GRAVITY, WHICH REDUCES THE RISK OF A TIP-OVER. FALLS WOULD ALSO BE LESS SERIOUS IF THE CHILD IS SITTING CLOSER TO THE FLOOR. HE DESCRIBES THE VARIETY OF INJURIES CHILDREN CAN SUFFER FROM A SHOPPING CART-RELATED ACCIDENT. DR. SMITH GIVES THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS: “THEY SHOULD USE THE RESTRAINT SYSTEMS THAT ARE THERE AND, AS BEST THEY CAN, WATCH THEIR CHILDREN AS CLOSE AS THEY CAN, AS THEY SHOP. BUT EVEN THAT IS TOUGH TO DO. THESE INJURIES CAN AND DO OCCUR IN JUST THE TIME IT TAKES TO REACH FOR SOMETHING ON THE SHELF, AS YOU TURN YOUR HEAD.” THE STUDY IS PUBLISHED IN THE JANUARY PRINT ISSUE OF CLINICAL PEDIATRICS.

A WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM WEDNESDAY. LOWS TONIGHT WILL DROP TO -6 WITH WIND CHILL VALUES AS LOW AS -22. WEDNESDAY’S HIGHS WILL HIT 14 DEGREES BUT WIND CHILL VALUES COULD GO AS LOW AS -25. WE EXPECT SUNNY SKIES TOMORROW AND THURSDAY BOTH, AND IT WILL BE WARMER ON THURSDAY, WITH HIGHS RISING TO 27. SNOW IS POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT. TEMPERATURES WILL DEFINITELY WARM SOME WITH HIGHS ON FRIDAY AROUND 31…GOING UP TO 38 ON SATURDAY.