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   Jog, Walk or Stroll?

If you jog, walk or stroll in the neighborhood after dark, please do what you can to wear reflective clothing in an effort to increase your visibility to traffic. There have been some close calls recently and your safety is of utmost concern.

With the short daylight hours in the fall and winter months we have many residents who take a walk in the neighborhood after dark, either in the am or the pm As you know, nighttime walkers can be difficult to see and anything you can do to keep an extra eye peeled for them will be appreciated. If you need a source for reflective clothing, the various sporting goods stores carry a reflective vest specifically designed for this purpose. 

Here are a few sources: SafetyDepot.com           eSafetySupplies.com
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For those who are concerned about their rights, their right-of-way and the law; the Ohio Revised code section 4511.50 states that pedestrians shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles, See below.

ORC 4511.50. Pedestrian walking along highway.
Statute text
(A) Where a sidewalk is provided and its use is practicable, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway.
(B) Where a sidewalk is not available, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall walk only on a shoulder, as far as practicable from the edge of the roadway.
(C) Where neither a sidewalk nor a shoulder is available, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall walk as near as practicable to an outside edge of the roadway, and, if on a two-way roadway, shall walk only on the left side of the roadway.
(D) Except as otherwise provided in sections 4511.13 and 4511.46 of the Revised Code, any pedestrian upon a roadway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles, trackless trolleys, or streetcars upon the roadway.
(E) Except as otherwise provided in this division, whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of two or more predicate motor vehicle or traffic offenses, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.

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Vacation House Check FORM
The Miami township Police Department will, at no charge, check you house each day you are away. Download and complete THIS FORM.  Instructions are on the form.

You can also sign-up online here:  Vacation House Check  Note: notice must be provided 72 hours in advance of departure.  If less than 72 house please visit them in person.

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Bramblewood Electrical Power Grid

Warning Sirens - What Do They Mean and What Should You Do ?

Miami Township is a part of the Clermont County Emergency Management Agency, which signals 58 outdoor sirens in the county in the event of severe weather and other hazards. In addition, the Miami Township Trustees purchased 13 sirens in 2001 that provide over 95% coverage of the Township’s land mass.

The sirens are designed to alert folks who are outside their homes of approaching danger. They are not designed to alert people on the inside of their home. They are one part of a three-part system where the NOAA alert radio and the news media make up the other two components of the emergency notification system. 

The appropriate response is to move inside and get information on the approaching hazard and directions for the appropriate actions to take. NOAA broadcasts the hazard information and protective actions over the alert radio, and by the media over some radio and television stations.

Monthly Testing
The outdoor warning sirens are tested the first Wednesday at noon, weather permitting. The sirens are not tested during potential bad weather to avoid confusion. During this test, the sirens are activated for 30 seconds. 

The Clermont County Emergency Warning System is sounded whenever the National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for Clermont County. Once the Tornado Warning has been issued, the sirens will activate for three minutes followed by silence for seven minutes. This activation cycle will continue until the weather warning is cancelled. When the weather warning has been cancelled, the sirens will no longer activate.

Tornado Warning - Issued when a tornado has been sighted or is eminent. Seek safety and move to a safe place immediately.

Tornado Watch - Conditions are favorable for a tornado. Listen to your local radio or television station for further details. Be prepared to move to a safe place.

The NOAA alert radio is especially important during the times you are indoors and do not have the television or radio on. It sounds a tone for about 20 seconds and then announces what danger is imminent and the protective actions to take. 

Note that the radio is no longer called a "Weather Alert Radio".  Instead, it is called an "Alert Radio".  The difference is that the radio will now alert for dangerous conditions other that just weather.  One example might be a hazardous spill that may be sending a toxic plume toward a populated area.  The newer radios are programmable for the types of hazards for which you want to be warned, and your county of residence. You are probably very interested in dangerous conditions occurring in Clermont County, and may want to include Hamilton County, since Miami Township is on the border. By limiting the hazards and counties, the programmable radios do not alert you to impending danger not in the area.

If you do not have a NOAA alert radio we highly recommend that you invest in one.

No matter which brand you get we recommend a model that can be programmed for specific counties and specific hazards. We suggest you program the radio for both Clermont and Hamilton counties because Miami Twp is located in Clermont County but on the border with Hamilton Co.

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Automated Lightning Warning System (Paxton Ramsey Park)

You may notice a strange looking device mounted on top of the restroom facility in Paxton-Ramsey Park.  This lightning predictor can provide 6-8 minutes or more of  warning when there is a serious threat of lightning. We are fortunate to have a park with one of these devices. Most of the time you can predict the approach of severe weather but in the case of lightning, accurate predication has eluded us until  now. We are pleased to announce that Miami Township has installed (at considerable expense) the latest technology available for the prediction of dangerous lightning.

When the threat of lightning exist, the Thor Guard Lightning Predication system will sound a horn for 15 seconds and light a yellow strobe. (The warning horn sounds like a stuck car horn, don't be deceived by ignoring it)  The strobe light will remain lit until the threat of danger has subsided.  At the end of the danger there will be three short horn blasts and the strobe will extinguish.

At the warning  horn you need to immediately seek shelter.  The only safe shelter at the park is inside a hard top vehicle with all of the windows closed.  Under a picnic shelter or inside the restroom is not a safe shelter and is, in fact, very dangerous around lightning. You should remain in your safe shelter until three short horn blast and the strobe light is extinguished.  This can be as long as 30 minutes after the storm has passed.  50% of lightning deaths occur after the storm has passed.

Lightning is the second highest cause of storm related deaths and injuries, way ahead of tornados and hurricanes, yet we often fail to take adequate precautions for our personal safety.  70% of the people effected by lightning suffer permanent long term injuries.

You will also find this prediction system in Miami Meadows Park, Riverview park, all Hamilton County Parks, all Hamilton County golf courses, Kings Island, various other private golf courses and  parks around the Greater Cincinnati area.  This same system is required on all PGA golf courses.

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