Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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Grants Program
FCEM&HS administers grant funds awarded from various programs through the Ohio Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security to enhance the capacity of local jurisdictions to prevent, protect from, mitigate, respond to, and recover from emergencies.
FCEM&HS has implemented a regional, integrated Training & Exercise Strategy and Program focused on building response and recovery capabilities tied to identified risks and providing guidance for emergency management and homeland security training and exercise planning and programming in the region.
FCEM&HS has implemented a regional, integrated Training & Exercise Program focused on building response and recovery capabilities tied to identified risks. Exercises are conducted to allow all responders to utilize real-world scenarios and make corrections based upon lessons learned.
Emergency Operations
The Emergency Operations section implements plans and procedures developed by the Planning section and oversees agency operations, including managing the Franklin County Emergency Operations Center, during incident response.
Warning Program
The Warning Program is responsible for coordinating and maintaining the Franklin County Outdoor Warning Siren System, capable of rapidly alerting hundreds of thousands of citizens in an emergency with tones or a spoken message.
Emergency Planning
The Planning program is responsible for countywide emergency planning, including the continuous maintenance of the Franklin County Emergency Operations Plan and all associated Emergency Support Functions and Annexes, using a risk-based, all-hazards approach.
The Recovery program is responsible for coordinating the immediate and long-term recovery of the community following a disaster, including the provision of local, state and federal disaster assistance for those with unmet needs.
Citizen Preparedness
FCEM&HS is committed to preparing the citizens of Franklin County for emergencies through education and training. Community Emergency Response Team Training is offered for those citizens interested in volunteering in the community during disasters.
Integrated Risk Management
FCEM&HS has adopted an Integrated Risk Management (IRM) model to foster a coordinated approach to community risk mitigation and hazard response. Under IRM, risk analysis is incorporated and local government CEOs and elected political leaders are involved in key strategic and operational decision making.
Cybersecurity Initiative
Cyber Security
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Siren Watcher Mapping System
Link to Siren Watcher page
ALERT Franklin County Mass Notification & Warning System


ALERT Franklin County is a state-of-the-art mass notification and warning system designed to alert residents about emergencies and other important community news in all jurisdictions within Franklin County. 

ALERT Franklin County provides important information directly to you via text message, email, cell phone, home phone, or work phone. Text message is the fastest way to receive notifications. 

ALERT Franklin County is customizable and allows residents to choose what kind of community notifications they want to receive, how they would like to receive them and the location they want to receive them for. 

Registering is quick and easy.  Sign up today at www.alertfranklincounty.org.


ALERT Franklin County - Warning YOU when it matters most!

FEMA Hurricane Workforce


Interested in helping the survivors of Hurricane Harvey & Irma? FEMA is currently seeking talented and hard-working people to help support the response and recovery efforts.  Apply to be a part of the FEMA Hurricane Workforce at https://careers.fema.gov/hurricane 

September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month! Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) reminds residents to plan and prepare for all hazards and emergencies before they happen. 

This year’s theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” The campaign emphasizes the need for all residents to take action now and prepare.  By knowing how to respond and what to do when disaster strikes, residents can help their neighbors and the community in times of need.  

Throughout National Preparedness Month, FCEM&HS will feature a different preparedness theme each week on Facebook and Twitter. Weekly themes include: 
  • Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends
  • Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
  • Practice and Build Out Your Plans
  • Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger

Residents are encouraged to be informed about the top risks facing Franklin County, have an emergency supply kit and register for ALERT Franklin County at www.alertfranklincounty.org to receive important information and weather alerts.  For more information on National Preparedness Month, visit www.ready.gov

Emergency Preparedness Survey

How prepared are you for an emergency or disaster?  Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) invites you to participate in a short online survey about steps you have taken to prepare for an emergency.  The survey will help local emergency and disaster planners and responders align programs and resources to the right areas in our community.  Click the link below to participate.

Emergency Preparedness Survey

FCEM&HS Cybersecurity Initiative

FCEM&HS Cybersecurity Initiative

Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) is serving as the lead agency for the development of a regional public/private sector Cybersecurity Work Group. The work group will consist of decision makers from the public and private sectors throughout Central Ohio and provide an additional benefit for Franklin County as it will strengthen coordination and cooperation. The group created a strategy to protect against and prepare for a large-scale cybersecurity incident. 

Local Jurisdictions Guide to Cybersecurity Strategy

Monday, August 28, 2017

FCEM&HS Hosts Mandela Washington Fellowship

Director Jeffrey J. Young and FCEM&HS are pleased to host Labran Alio Maidoukia of Niger as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Program.  The program is ...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Development of Central Region Fatality Management Services Response Plan Begins

Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security (FCEM&HS), the Franklin County Coroner’s Office, Columbus Public Health, Franklin County Public Health and representatives ...

Monday, June 26, 2017

Annual Franklin County Advisory Group Meeting

Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security will hold the annual Franklin County Advisory Group Meeting on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at FCEM&HS, 5300 Strawberry ...


Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security offers many opportunities for volunteer training in various aspects of emergency response and recovery operations. 

If you are interested in learning more about our Volunteer Program please click here

Franklin County Risks
Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security maintains a Risk Assessment for Franklin County detailing the risks we face. Below are the top ten risks from the 2016 Risk Assessment. Please click here to read the 2016 Risk Assessment Executive Summary.
1. Tornadoes
2. Cyber Threat
3. Infectious Disease
4. Flooding
5. Lone Wolf Terrorist Incident

6.  Dam Failure
7.  Utility/Energy Interruption or Failure
8.  CBRNE Terrorist Incident
9.  Severe Winter Weather
10. Hazardous Materials Incidents

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