Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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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.
2nd Annual Decision Maker Meeting
2nd Annual Decision Maker Meeting
FCEM&HS Director Michael R. Pannell briefed Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Franklin County Commissioners Marilyn Brown and Paula Brooks, the FCEM&HS Executive Committee and various Elected Officials and Decision Makers from Franklin County government jurisdictions about achievements in the Integrated Risk Management Initiative on April 2, 2014.
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Central Ohio 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. More information will be available soon.

FCEM&HS Mass Notification System for Franklin County

FCEM&HS and Battelle Memorial Institute conducted a needs assessment and system specifications study through surveys and in-person forums to support the development of a unified, comprehensive mass notification system for all 42 jurisdictions of Franklin County. Results showed 91% of the public and 88% of the participating jurisdictions surveyed feel a mass notification system is important for Franklin County and 90% of the public and 93% of the jurisdictions prefer text messaging as the primary means of mass notification.  FCEM&HS and a committee reviewed results of the assessment study, vetted the specifications and are formulating the request for proposal. FCEM&HS hopes to implement the new system by the end of 2014. 

Community Emergency Notification Sign Up

Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) utilizes the CodeRED® Emergency Notification System. CodeRED® uses telephone, text and e-mail to quickly provide information and instructions to residents and businesses during an emergency situation. To receive emergency notifications, simply click the CodeRED® logo to register.  Citizens previously registered are encouraged to update their information with the CodeRED® system. 


Friday, August 29, 2014


FCEM&HS Encourages Franklin County Residents to Participate in America’s PrepareAthon! on September 30th

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

Thursday, July 17, 2014

FCEM&HS Director Mike Pannell discusses the Emergency Alert System (EAS) with Joel Riley of WTVN.

FCEM&HS Director Mike Pannell discusses the Emergency Alert System (EAS) with Joel Riley of WTVN.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

FCEM&HS will staff the Joint Emergency Operations Center (JEOC) at CAS Level #1 – Situation Awareness and Assessment during the 2014 Red, White and Boom!

Franklin County Risks
Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security maintains a Risk Assessment for Franklin County detailing the risks facing our county. Below are the top ten risks from the 2013 Risk Assessment. Please click here to read the full Risk Assessment for Franklin County.
2. Dam Failure
3. Flooding
4. WMD Terrorist Incident
5. Cyber-Terrorism

6. Infectious Diseases
7. Severe Winter Weather
8. Hazardous Material Incidents
9. Transportation Accident - Aircraft
10. Severe Summer Weather


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


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