(1-9-19) In 1986 the federal government created regulations for dealing with hazardous materials. In 1988 regulations were written for the Ohio Revised Code. Mercer County EMA Director Mike Robbins reviewed some of the regulations that affect the area. In February businesses must file information about their hazardous materials including the types of materials, the amounts, and the the storage facilities they have. Robbins said Mercer County is not at high risk for exposure to hazardous waste,but to ensure that officials are prepared for potential emergencies, they are required to have yearly hazardous materials exercises. These range from discussions about responding to various scenarios to practicing important parts of responses to staging full scale responses. Participants in full scale responses perform all the actions they would take in a real emergency. Full scale response exercises must be held every four years.
During the business portion of the meeting, President Hart distributed gas card chances to the members. These will be sold till the beginning of February. Once a month from February 2019 through January 2020 two winners will be be drawn for $50 gas cards. The proceeds from these sales help support the club’s donations to area charities. For more information about the Kiwanis Club of Celina, find them on Facebook or go to celinakiwanis.wix.com/kiwanis-club-celina.