High temperatures are forecasted for Vermilion, Ohio, and Vermilion residents and visitors are urged to take precautions to prevent potentially dangerous heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
Heat-related illnesses pose a serious health risk for all people, but especially for the very young, the elderly, and individuals who are overweight or have chronic medical conditions. These illnesses are preventable by taking precautions like drinking plenty of cool fluids and monitoring or limiting outdoor activities.
Here are some tips to follow during periods of high temperatures and high humidity.
Be A Good Neighbor
Vermilion families, friends and neighbors are urged to periodically check on the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions since they are among those at highest risk for heat-related illnesses.
Encourage them to stay in air-conditioned environments as much as possible, and to look for an air- conditioned shelter if necessary.
Recommend that they take cool showers or baths to cool down.
Tell them to seek medical care immediately if they have symptoms of heat-related illness like muscle cramps, headaches, nausea or vomiting.
Drink Cool Fluids
Help your body sweat and cool down by staying well hydrated with water. Don’t wait until you are thirsty before you start drinking water.
Adults should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. Monitor your body – you may need to drink more on hot and humid days.
Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
Avoid fluids that contain alcohol or caffeine, because they can add to dehydration and increase the effects of heat illness.
Monitor or Limit Outdoor Activities
Plan outdoor activities for the early morning or evening when the sun is less direct.
Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
A wide-brimmed hat protects against sunburn and helps keep the body cooler.
Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UV-A and UV-B rays and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.
Move to the shade or into an air-conditioned building at the first signs of heat illness.
Very young children may become preoccupied with outdoor play and not realize that they are getting overheated. Adults should require frequent breaks and bring them indoors for a cool drink.
Children or youths involved in team sports should be closely monitored for signs of heat stress. Consideration should be given to shifting practices and games to cooler times of the day.
Know the Signs of Heat Stroke
Heat stroke is a potentially life-threatening condition, characterized by a body temperature of 103 degrees or higher; red, hot and dry skin with no sweating; rapid pulse; headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; unconsciousness; and gray skin color.
People experiencing heat stroke need immediate medical assistance – call 911.
Before help arrives, begin cooling the victim by any means possible, such as spray from a garden hose or by placing the person in a cool tub of water.
Don’t Forget Your Animals
Animals let outdoors for long periods should have plenty of fresh water and a covered area to get out of the sun and cool down.
Never leave companion animals in vehicles. Even if the windows are cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20 degrees within the first 10 minutes.
The City of Vermilion presents Touch-A-Truck on Saturday, July 20th from 10 am to 1 pm in Victory Park in downtown Vermilion. The day will start off with a pancake breakfast offered from 8:30 am to 1 pm at Vermilion Fire Dept. Station #1 across from the park.
“Climb on a fire truck, explore the inside of an ambulance, sit in the back of a police car without posting bond, and eat pancakes!” stated Mayor Forthofer. “This is a fun event for the whole family.”
Big trucks, cars and other vehicles will be at the park, with on-site City personnel to answer questions. Free face painting will also be offered.
Victory Park is in downtown Vermilion across from the Vermilion Fire Dept. Station #1 at 5467 Ohio Street.
Vermilion City Council Public Hearing – Medical Marijuana Zoning
On Monday, September 23, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m. the Vermilion City Council will hold a Public Hearing at the Vermilion Complex, 687 Decatur Street, Vermilion, Ohio to listen to input from Vermilion residents about Medical Marijuana Zoning. This meeting will not cover the legalization of marijuana, recreational use, or any items other than the question, “Should the City of Vermilion allow Zoning for the growth and/or distribution of Marijuana for those with a prescription for medical purposes only?”. No voting or decisions on the subject will be made at this meeting, it is for information gathering only.
The time limit for speaking will be determined by the Council President based upon the number of citizens who sign in to address the Council and Administration.
Get your swing on at Dancing at the Docks. It's one of best venues for a night of listening and dancing under the stars.
Dancing at the Docks takes place on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at South Street Launch Ramp. Hosted by the Vermilion Port Authority, the event features music, friendship and the wonderful sounds of the Swing City Big Big Band.
Bring a chair or your dancing shoes and some refreshments for a night outdoors along the Vermilion River—uniquely Vermilion, you won't find this experience elsewhere.
Dancing at the Docks is free, but donations are appreciated.
Notice is hereby given that a request to rezone acres of land commencing along a secluded section of Edgewater Drive, specifically 2582-2424 to “RS Special Residence District” land use classification from previous “B-3 Highway Commercial District” land use classification, has been presented and is now pending before the Council of the City of Vermilion, Ohio.
This Public Hearing is scheduled for Monday, September 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Vermilion Municipal Complex, 687 Decatur Street, Vermilion, Ohio.
Three people and a dog were rescued from a capsized boat on Lake Erie Saturday evening, according to the Vermilion Police Department's (VPD) Vermilion Marine Patrol Unit (VMPU).
A boat east of the Vermilion Harbor entrance was reported taking on water at about 6:10 pm, according to VPD. The boat, housing three passengers and a German shepherd, began to take on water two miles east of the Vermilion Harbor entrance and eventually capsized. A passing boat rescued the three people and the dog from the water and took them to the police dock.
Following an investigation, VPD discovered the boat became swamped and capsized due to 3 to 4-foot waves. The passengers were thrown from the boat. VMPU located the 15-foot Reinell powerboat, which was brought back to shore by Boat US Marine Towing.
No one was injured, but the boat is a total loss, stated Vermilion Police.
Officer Kinzie Bates has been sworn in as a full time officer with the Vermilion Police Department (VPD). Ptl. Bates was sworn in July 11th and is the second full time uniformed female officer to serve with the VPD.
“She replaces Cpl. Rick Riggs who retired after 30 years of much appreciated service,” stated Mayor Forthofer.
Kinzie Bates is a graduate of Clearview High School in Lorain, and the Lorain County Community College Basic Police Officer Training Academy. She has worked for the VPD as a part time officer since 2017, with excellent reviews.
“Officer Bates has an eagerness to serve and protect the residents of Vermilion,” said VPD Chief Chris Hartung. “We are happy to bring the good performance Officer Bates has demonstrated in part time service as a patrolman to a full-time role on our team of officers.”
“Thank you for choosing to serve Vermilion Ptl Bates!” said Mayor Forthofer.
Staying under the limits listed on a boat’s capacity plate is an important part of safe boating. On motorized boats less than 20 feet in length, the capacity plate should be visible from the steering area. The purpose of this plate is to tell the boat operator how much total weight, what horsepower, and how many persons (and total weight of persons) the boat can safely carry.
When capacity exceeds the limit, the boat sits lower in the water. Distance from the waterline to the upper deck level of the boat is known as freeboard. With less freeboard, the boat is much more susceptible to swamping and capsizing.
Capacity consists of three parts: the maximum number of persons on board and their weight, maximum horsepower rating, and the total maximum weight of persons, motor, and gear. You cannot exceed any of those categories. When it comes to the maximum persons on board, there is no distinction between children and adults. An infant counts as a person, regardless of weight. And even if you are under the limit for number of persons, you cannot be over the limit for weight of persons.
Considering the weight of gear on the boat is important. A boat could unknowingly be over the weight capacity with the gear and equipment without exceeding the other limits.
Not all boats have capacity plates. Federal law requires the manufacturer to put a capacity plate on motorized, single-hull boats under 20 feet in length. If a capacity plate is not present, and no information is available in the owner's manual or from the manufacturer, an estimate of the boat’s person capacity can be determined using this equation:
(Boat Length x Boat Width) ÷ 15.
This will give you an approximate number of persons that the vessel can safely hold. It will not, however, tell you the maximum horsepower or maximum weight. You will have to pay attention to the freeboard and how the boat handles in the water.
Awareness of the danger is key: If the boat looks overloaded, it most likely is and creates a dangerous situation. Waves and wakes can add to the danger of swamping, so be sure to load the boat evenly.
Following capacity limits and using good judgment is just part of safe boating on Ohio’s waterways.
The City of Vermilion Police Department (VPD) reports that Shelby, a dog that had been missing for more than 30 days since she fled her home after a house fire, has been located and reunited with her family.
“Shelby found another dog in the VOL neighborhood this evening and didn’t want to leave it’s side in the backyard,” reported the VPD. “The owner was aware of Shelby and was able to calm her to the point where they were able to hold onto her and call the VPD. The owner arrived and took her home.”
Shelby is back home with her family - Ray, Shannon and Kullen.
“Thank you to everyone who has assisted in the month long search,” stated VPD. “Thank you Vanessa with Remi’s Pet Recovery for your expertise.”
Three dogs were evacuated from a house on fire on Roanoke Drive at Regina Drive by the Vermilion Fire Department Chief and assisting neighbors on June 8, 2019. One of the dogs, Shelby, was frightened and ran from the area.
Shelby is a female German Shepherd and is approximately 2 years old. Shelby is a “house dog” and was not use to being out and about, so she was extremely skittish and traumatized from the house fire incident. The family, and the community, desperately searched for her for 30 days. Remi’s Pet Recovery, an organization that specializes in the recovery of lost companion animals, particularly hard to capture dogs, assisted with finding the dog. They worked with the dog's guardians and the Vermilion Police Department to help recover Shelby.
Alcohol and boating is a dangerous combination on the water, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Alcohol is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. The federal BAC legal limit for operating a vessel under the influence is .08. Alcohol use can impair a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time. Alcohol also increases fatigue.
Sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion —“stressors” common to the boating environment— intensify the effects of alcohol, drugs, and some medications. Alcohol use can increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effects of cold-water immersion.
Alcohol is dangerous for passengers too. Intoxication can cause slips, falls over board and other dangerous accidents.
If you boat under the influence your voyage may be terminated, the boat may be impounded and the operator may be arrested. Penalties vary by state but can include fines, jail and loss of boating or even driving privileges.
If you boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol you are endangering your life and the lives of others.
The City of Vermilion Police Department (VPD) Marine Patrol has placed swim area buoys in Vermilion waters, establishing the swim zones at Main Street Beach, Lagoons Beach and Linwood Park Beach. No watercraft are permitted to operate within these swim area zones.
VPD also reminds Vermilion residents and visitors that there is a No Wake Zone established from the east and west ends of the break-wall at the mouth of the Vermilion River. The No Wake Zone means idle speed only from those points all the way up the Vermilion River. This is especially important to remember due the the very high water levels and the damage that a wake can cause in the No Wake - Idle Speed Zone.
A U.S. Route 6 corridor project seeks to revitalize and expand the east end of Vermilion, Ohio. A study resulted in proposals for changes in land usage and street improvements.
In early 2018, Law Director Ken Stumphauzer organized a lunch meeting with Mayor Forthofer and County Administrator Jim Cordes to discuss developing the east end of Vermilion. Within three weeks the City of Vermilion was awarded a grant for $35,000 to do a study to pursue the development of the Lorain County Route 6 Corridor and adjoining possible areas for development. The study was completed by the Lorain County Community Development Group who contracted MS Consultants.
Don Romancak, Director of Lorain County Community Development, and Valerie Croasmun, Engineer with MS Consultants, Inc. were present at a recent city meeting to review the study with Council.
Don Romancak stated the study was conducted following a conversation that Attorney Stumphauzer had arranged, but it also had been building off some of the work the city had previously done with the overall Lakefront Connectivity Study. They were able to take advantage of the county study and see some of the opportunities, as well as interact with the citizens of Vermilion about the lakefront. The Lakefront Connectivity Study was funded by NOACA and they worked with Lorain, Vermilion, Sheffield Lake, and Avon Lake. They are working on a guide for the development of Route 6 that will enable increased investment and job creation opportunities, as well as expanding the city’s tax base for both the city and local school district.
Valerie Croasmun, of MS Consultants, said she was overseeing the evaluation and documentation that was put together for the study of the Route 6 Corridor. They were building off the connectivity plan as there was a lot of information and documentation that was done to look at how they could promote non-motorized vehicle travel along the lakefront corridor. They looked at bike lanes on-street, multi-use trails and what the streets can handle in the right of way. The study uses the Vermilion area from east of the downtown from Salem Street over to the eastern limits by Baumhart. They focused on both land use and aesthetics.
“This will help promote development in this area,” stated Croasmun. “This is a major arterial corridor.”
They separated the report into two sections: roadway recommendations and land use recommendations. They also included some specific site recommendations. With the roadway section, they broke it into two sections. The Salem area east to just over the railroad bridges contains residential and businesses. From the railroad overpass east to Baumhart the area is more industrial/commercial, with some residential drives along the corridor. Based on the connectivity plan, they looked at what might fit in this right of way.
“There is a need to put in four-travel lanes (two in each direction), a center median – we are looking at 10 ft. median and a 5 ft. tree lawn, and then a sidewalk on one side and a multi-use path on the other, or vice versa,” stated Croasmun. “This must be looked at in conjunction with drainage – is this going to be curbed or uncurbed, and what can be handled in the right of way?”
The study suggest a shared use path on each side of the tree lawn with four travel lanes, and then a dividing median that could be planted. One of the reasons they are looking into the planted medians is because it could be a way to handle the stormwater with a bio-swale situation or rain guards.
“This promotes the aesthetics in the area and promotes to developers that they have something that can mitigate stormwater,” stated Croasmun. “The median helps control and limit conflict points on corridors. They can prevent accidents and you can try to promote everybody coming out at signalized intersections as it helps the operation of the roadway and makes it safer for bikers and pedestrians.”
The study also looked at the existing land use and what could be the big picture. Industry could be on the east side to compliment the area with an Industrial Park. They initially looked at five sites along the corridor that were either vacant, or would be vacant, and could be utilized for development. They came up with ideas, designs and concepts on how the site could look, which was defined in the report. The study looked at all the utilities along the corridor to see what is there and what is not. The city engineer provided them with documentation on sewer lines, etc. Internet access is lacking in the corridor, so this is something the city would need to look at because businesses would need those services. In the end they are looking at an implementation in funding.
Croasmun stated they would do a whole traffic analysis to make sure they have turn lanes at intersections so drivers can turn or make U-turns. Roundabouts could also be utilized.
Croasmun said the next step is to finalize the implementation plan for review and comment, and then the City can start implementing.
Mayor Forthofer stated this is a “full-blown maximum plan”, and not everything in the plan is something the city will want to do.”
“...but it’s a beginning to a lot of thought for this section of town,” said the mayor.
Boating season has begun in Vermilion, Ohio. Boaters are urged to boat safely and responsibly.
1. Wear a life jacket. No matter what activity you have planned on the water, always remember to wear a life jacket every time you are on the water. Accidents on the water can happen much too fast to reach and put on a stowed life jacket.
2. Make sure your life jacket is U.S. Coast Guard approved, appropriate for your water activity and fits properly. A life jacket that is too large or too small can cause different situational problems.
3. Know Ohio boating laws. Rules and laws can differ from state to state and violations can result in ticketing, fines or jail time.
4. Take a boating safety course. Learn valuable tips that can help save your life in unexpected situations by taking a NASBLA (National Association of Boating Law Administrators) approved boating safety course. Many courses are online, and will save you money on your boat insurance.
5. Make sure your boat is prepared. There are many items that need to be checked and rechecked on any boat. Schedule a Vessel Safety Check with your local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadrons before you hit the water. Every Vessel Safety Check is conducted 100 percent free of charge.
6. Be sure to know your boat’s capacity. If you have too much on your boat, the boat may become unstable and capsize.
7. Check the weather, including the water temperature. Know the latest marine weather forecast prior to going out, and keep a regular check for changing conditions.
8. Dress properly. Always dress for the weather, wearing layers if cooler weather, and bring an extra set of clothes in case you get wet.
9. Always file a float plan. File a float plan with someone you trust that includes details about the trip, boat, persons, towing or trailer vehicle, communication equipment and emergency contacts.
10. Always follow navigation rules. Know the “Rules of the Road” such as operator’s responsibility, maintaining a proper lookout, safe speed, crossing, meeting head-on and overtaking situations. Know what’s going on around you at all times, and always travel at safe speeds for the environment.
11. Don’t drink while you boat.
12. Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning. Gasoline-powered engines on boats, including onboard generators, produce carbon monoxide (CO), a colorless and odorless gas that can poison or kill someone who breathes too much of it. Be sure to install and maintain a working CO detector, never block exhaust outlets, and always dock, beach or anchor at least 20 feet away from the nearest boat that is running a generator or engine.
13. Keep in touch. Communication devices can be the most important piece of emergency equipment on board a vessel, especially in case of emergency. Be sure to have at least two communication devices that work when wet, such as satellite phones, emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRB), VHF radios and personal locator beacons (PLB). Cell phones are not reliable in an emergency situation.
Five kids were issued “Did The Right Thing Golden Tickets” by the Vermilion Police Department Marine Patrol Unit when they were found doing the “right thing” by a VPD Officer. The right thing can be anything; wearing a seatbelt, bike helmet, or in this case wearing their life vests.
The Did the Right Thing Program is a program that is sponsored by the Vermilion FOP Lodge #125 and Romp’s Dairy Dock. When Officers have contact with juveniles who are “doing the right thing”, i.e. wearing life vest, bike helmet, seatbelt, or any other thing an Officer thinks is the “right thing”, the Officer can issue these Golden Tickets as a reward. The Golden Ticket can be redeemed at Romp’s Dairy Dock for a free ice cream.
If any boat owner would like a voluntary Vessel Safety Inspection, contact Sgt. Adams or Sgt. Holmes at the VPD or make contact with the VPD Marine Patrol Boat while it is out on Patrol and they will be happy to make those arrangements.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reminding all Vermilion, Ohio motorists to Share the Road with motorcyclists.
With thousands of deaths each year, motorcyclists are significantly overrepresented in traffic crashes and fatalities. In fact, per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists are about 27 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash, and 5 times more likely to be injured. It is essential that vehicle drivers pay complete attention on the roads: Even the smallest momentary lapse in a vehicle driver’s awareness can result in the death of an unseen motorcyclist.
Vermilion vehicle drivers are urged to keep an eye out for motorcyclists and to always remember to Share the Road. It can be easy to overlook a motorcycle due to their smaller size. For this reason, it’s all the more vital to put forth extra effort in keeping watch.
Motorcyclists are urged to always wear a helmet. Just like motorists buckling their seat belts, using a helmet can drastically increase survival rates in the event of a vehicle crash.
Tips for Motorists
Because vehicle drivers control a much larger machine, it is imperative that they keep close watch for motorcyclists who may be riding nearby. Drivers may follow these tips to prevent a fatal crash with a motorcycle:
Though a motorcycle is a small vehicle, its operator still has the same rights of the road as any other motorist. Allow the motorcycle the full width of a lane at all times.
Always use a turn signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic.
If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, be careful: motorcycle signals are often non-canceling and the motorcyclist could have forgotten to turn it off. Always ensure that the motorcycle is turning before proceeding.
Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic, especially at intersections.
Always allow more follow distance — three to four seconds — when behind a motorcycle. This gives them more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
Never drive distracted or impaired.
Tips for Motorcyclists
At the same time, motorcyclists must take extra precautions to guard against drivers who may not see them. Motorcyclists may follow these tips to prevent a fatal crash with a vehicle:
Wear a DOT-compliant helmet and other protective gear.
Obey all traffic laws and be properly licensed.
Use hand and turn signals at every lane change or turn.
Wear brightly colored clothes and reflective tape to increase visibility.
Ride in the middle of the lane where you will be more visible to drivers.
Every day, law enforcement officers and emergency personnel rush to the scene of tragic vehicle crashes. Each crash is unique — each cause and outcome is different. Nearly one-third of vehicle crash fatalities are due to drunk driving. Those numbers remain similar year after year. Even with the knowledge that drunk driving is criminal behavior (not to mention deadly) in all 50 states, people continue to drink and drive. Even after numerous DUIs, data shows some people continue this frightening behavior. Drinking and driving is a choice, and it is a choice that should not be made.
Authorities are urging Vermilion drivers to save a life — do not make the tragic choice to drink and drive.
Drunk driving isn’t the only risk on the road: drug-impaired driving is also an increasing problem on our roads. If drivers are impaired by any substance — alcohol or drugs — they should not get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Driving while impaired is illegal, period. The bottom line is this: If You Feel Different, You Drive Different. Drive High, Get a DUI. It’s that simple.
The decision to not drink or get high and drive should never be a tough one. Intoxicated driving is illegal, but it’s also deadly — to the driver, to his or her passengers, and to other road users. If you cannot control your own behavior, a law enforcement officer will.
Law enforcement officers are showing zero tolerance for anyone driving drunk. If you are driving drunk, you will be arrested — no excuses. This news should not come as a shock; everyone knows it is against the law to drink and drive in every state. Alcohol and drug consumption lowers inhibitions, causing you to make bad decisions you would not otherwise make. Do not trust yourself when you drink or use drugs.
Intoxicated driving is never okay. If you are planning to drink or use drugs, plan ahead for a sober ride home. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely. If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement. Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
Ultimately, drunk driving is 100-percent preventable. Don’t make the choice to put yourself and others at risk.
Vermilion residents and visitors are increasingly bicycling to commute, for exercise, or just for fun. By law, bicycles on the roadway are vehicles with the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. Vermilionites are encouraged to make safe choices on the part of bicyclists and drivers to help reduce deaths and injuries on our roads.
People on bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities as people behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Yield to bicyclists as you would motorists and do not underestimate their speed. This will help avoid turning in front of a bicyclist traveling on the road or sidewalk, often at an intersection or driveway.
In parking lots, at stop signs, when packing up, or when parking, search your surroundings for other vehicles, including bicycles.
Drivers turning right on red should look to the right and behind to avoid hitting a bicyclist approaching from the right rear. Stop completely and look left-right-left and behind before turning right on red.
Obey the speed limit, reduce speed for road conditions and drive defensively to avoid a crash with a cyclist.
Give cyclists room. Do not pass too closely. Pass bicyclists as you would any other vehicle — when it’s safe to move over into an adjacent lane.
UPDATE: Shelby has not been captured yet. She has been missing for more than 20 days since she fled her home after a house fire. There have been numerous sightings over the past 3 weeks, some confirmed and some not. The Vermilion Police Department and Shelby's family really appreciate everyone who has called in a sighting. There were some reports that she may have made her way to Elyria or Amherst, but these were not confirmed. Vermilion residents are encouraged to continue calling the VPD with sightings at (440) 967-6116, or contact Sgt. Holmes directly.
“We appreciate the suggestions on different ways to capture her, but we are working with an organization that has had great success in the past with these types of cases and are following their plan,” stated Sgt. Holmes. “But, unfortunately these things take time. If you see Shelby, please call, do not chase her. Shelby has been roaming a large area of the city, basically from Liberty Avenue south to Cooper Foster Park Road, and from Vermilion Road to Baumhart Road; roughly that huge square area. But she could show up anywhere.”
“Thank you to everyone who has called and everyone who is keeping an eye out for her,” said Sgt. Holmes. “Shelby is a member of her owner’s family and they need their family member back.”
Three dogs were evacuated from a house on fire on Roanoke Drive at Regina Drive by the Vermilion Fire Department Chief and assisting neighbors on June 8, 2019. One of the dogs, Shelby, was frightened and ran from the area.
The family is still desperately searching for her. Remi’s Pet Recovery, an organization that specializes in the recovery of lost companion animals, particularly hard to capture dogs, is assisting with finding the dog. They are working with the dog's guardians and the Vermilion Police Department to help recover Shelby. The family and Remi’s Pet Recovery organizers have asked everyone to keep an eye out for her. If she is spotted, please contact the VPD at (440) 967-6116 to report the sighting. VPD has asked residents to not call out to her or chase her as she is very skittish.
“We need sightings only so that the search teams can concentrate on that area,” stated the VPD.
Shelby is a female German Shepherd and is approximately 2 years old. She is light colored, however she may appear dark colored now from dirt after being loose for the past week since fleeing from the house fire at her home. Shelby was a “house dog” and is not use to being out and about, so she is extremely skittish and is probably still traumatized from the house fire incident.
“Please keep looking for Shelby and report any sightings,” stated the VPD. “We need to get her home to her family.”
Seat belts save lives every day. They can only save lives, however, if they’re used. The Buckle Up Campaign urges all Vermilion, Ohio drivers and passengers to buckle up - every trip, every time.
One of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up. Seat belt use in passenger vehicles saves thousands of lives each year.
The consequences of not wearing, or improperly wearing, a seat belt are clear:
Buckling up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle, whereas not buckling up can result in being totally ejected from the vehicle in a crash, which is almost always deadly.
Air bags are not enough to protect you; in fact, the force of an air bag can seriously injure or even kill you if you’re not buckled up.
Improperly wearing a seat belt, such as putting the strap below your arm, puts you and your children at risk in a crash.
The benefits of buckling up are equally clear:
If you buckle up in the front seat of a passenger car, you can reduce your risk of:
Fatal injury by 45 percent
Moderate to critical injury by 50 percent
If you buckle up in a light truck, you can reduce your risk of:
Fatal injury by 60 percent
Moderate to critical injury by 65 percent
The Top 5 Things You Should Know About Buckling Up
Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.
Seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers. Being buckled up during a crash helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle; being completely ejected from a vehicle is almost always deadly.
Air bags are designed to work with seat belts, not replace them.
If you don’t wear your seat belt, you could be thrown into a rapidly opening frontal air bag. Such force could injure or even kill you.
Guidelines To Buckle Up Safely
The lap belt and shoulder belt are secured across the pelvis and rib cage, which are better able to withstand crash forces than other parts of your body.
Place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and away from your neck.
The lap belt rests across your hips, not your stomach.
NEVER put the shoulder belt behind your back or under an arm.