Tuscarawas County, Ohio (WJER) - The county’s Emergency Management Agency is again making sure that people without power from the wind storm have somewhere safe to go in this cold.
Tuscarawas County EMA Director Alex McCarthy says they have established warming centers at some area locations during their normal operating hours.
“If you have electronic devices that need charged, this is a good place to go. If your home does not have heat at this point, again, a good place to go to stay warm,” he says. “We’ll continue to work with AEP to assess the situation about how quickly power will be restored and go from there.”
Those warming centers include the Salvation Army in New Philadelphia, the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Tuscarawas County Senior Center.
“Most of our typical warming center locations are located in the Dover/New Philadelphia area, which is great for those in Dover or New Philadelphia, especially, who do not have power,” he says. “We also have power outages to our south in the Dennison/Uhrichsville area, so the Rush Township Volunteer Fire Department has agreed to open a warming center over at the Rush School House today.”
There have been pockets of homes without electricity in through the county. Some school districts including New Philadelphia, Claymont, and Indian Valley had to cancel classes today. American Electric Power indicates some of those homes south of New Philadelphia might not have power until Tuesday night.