Officials in Livingston County and the City of Chillicothe are preparing for the rapidly changing weather conditions.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to Director Darrell Wright:

Darrell Wright

The number one priority of the effort is to ensure the safety of residents.  “This morning at 7:00, we opened our joint operations center to a level one, “said Wright, ” This brings our elected officials from the city and county on board.  We’ve requested that all county, city, state, and federal government offices close and that all other businesses consider closing and send any non-essential personnel home.”

The team has also prepared for those who may need assistance.  “We have one of our emergency shelters open, “said Wright, “It has the capacity for approximately 50 individuals.”

That shelter is located at the Calvary Baptist Church at 206 Locust Street.  Anyone requiring a place to stay is encouraged to contact the emergency operation center at 660-646-2139.

Mayor Chuck Haney has  issued a reminder that the city’s snow ordinance is in effect and will be strongly enforced.  Citizens are encouraged to remove their vehicles from snow routes to avoid citations and towing.

Officials also remind motorists that should they become stranded the best option is to remain in the vehicle and dial 911.

Press Release:

The joint Emergency Operations Center for Livingston County and the City of Chillicothe has been opened at level one. The National Weather Service is warning of rapid changing conditions with the severe winter storm that is moving into the area. We are requesting that all local business, government offices, and etc. to consider closing and sending any non-essential personnel home. Based on the best information available at the time of the release the storm is tracking towards this area and conditions are expected to rapidly change. This is the type of storm where motorist will become stranded. We have sheltering available. If you become stranded, please stay in your vehicle and contact 911. Should you have any questions on this information, please contact the Emergency Operation Center @ 660-646-2139.