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App to provide Pike emergency information

RICK GREENE/Southern Ohio Today
At Monday’s meeting of the Pike County Board of Commissioners, Pike County Emergency Management Agency Director Tim Dickerson, right, provides information to Pike County Commissioners Blaine Beekman, center, and Tony Montgomery about an app that will provide important information to Pike County residents.


By RICK GREENE
Southern Ohio Today

WAVERLY – Pike County Emergency Management Agency Director Tim Dickerson indicated county residents will soon be able to download a free app for important information related to Pike County.

He made the announcement at Monday’s meeting of the Pike County Board of Commissioners and said the app will be available as early as this month.

Dickerson said the app will provide information on weather, road closures, traffic updates, power outages, contacts for Pike County offices, the county’s emergency plan and will have integration with social media platforms.

“This tool is used in most metropolitan areas. We were recently on the back end of some severe weather and I started exploring the EMA app,” Dickerson said. “I worked with DOE and (Ohio) EPA partners to get something that was scalable for Pike County.”

Dickerson said the app will also allow users to receive critical information during severe weather and other emergency situations.

“It will have instant notifications and alerts,” he said. “The National Weather Service is integrated into it for severe weather information.”

Dickerson said the app cost $9,000 to build and about $4,500 per year to maintain and is made possible by funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy that is facilitated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Dickerson, who will be the administrator of the app, said besides county offices, information from county police departments and county governments can also be incorporated. He said the app will also be a good source for information like hydrant flushings, water boil advisories and the like.

Dickerson said the app can be downloaded on Android or iPhones and more information about when it can be downloaded will be issued as information becomes available.

Rate remains same for Pike County prisoners

The commissioners agreed to enter a Memorandum of Understanding with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office to house Pike County prisoners at a rate of $60 per day.

Commissioners were previously concerned the rate would be increased, but it was not.

The MOU outlines the rate and what inmates will be provided by law while housed at the Butler County Jail, including appropriate and sanitary housing, three meals per day, routine health and medical care, visitation, mail and communications, recreation and programming and other provisions outlined by law.

The MOU, which has a 12-month term, was signed by commissioners Blaine Beekman and Tony Montgomery. Commissioner Jerry Miller was not in attendance at Monday’s meeting.

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