Ohio Governor declares statewide energy emergency

<font size="2">Kasich claims he is asking the federal government to take similar steps.</font>

Ohio Governor John Kasich issued a statewide energy emergency declaration during the weekend.

Kasich made this decision "in order to expedite shipments of propane gas and help ease tight propane gas supplies brought on by the recent cold spell," according to a news release.

The problem is also being experienced in Michigan. Gov. Rick Snyder has also declared a statewide emergency because of the shortage.

Snyder issued an executive order Jan. 10 that loosened rules for trucks carrying propane and fuel oil through the end of January.

The executive orders both in Michigan and Ohio lengthen the travel time for trucks transporting propane or heating oil. They can be on the road for more hours and more days in a row.

Kasich says these shipments can come into the Buckeye state more quickly and help with the shortage. Kasich claims he is asking the federal government to take similar steps.

"This will help get propane companies resupplied so Ohioans who use propane to heat their homes can stay warm, while also doing it safely. Weâ??re also working closely with county officials to look out for people whose supplies might be getting low," Gov. Kasich said.

Kasich also urged the public to check out neighbors, especially seniors or families with young kids. Others can call your local Red Cross or EMA if thereâ??s anyone who needs help.