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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Statewide Tornado Drill Held Wednesday, March 22, 2017 AT 9:50 a.m.

Part of Ohio’s Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 19-25, 2017

Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) is urging the community to participate in the Statewide Tornado Drill at 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 when the ...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

FCEM&HS & The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety Host Annual Weather Spotter Training

National Weather Service to Teach How to Spot Tornadoes and Severe Spring Weather

(COLUMBUS, OHIO) – Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) and The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety are co-sponsoring the annual Tornado and ...

Monday, March 6, 2017

Ohio's Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week Held March 19 – 25, 2017

Statewide Tornado Drill held March 22nd at 9:50 a.m.

(COLUMBUS, OHIO) – To raise awareness of the hazardous side of spring weather, Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) will recognize Ohio’s Spring ...

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) requires that each county within the state of Ohio establish a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). The LEPC for Franklin County chose the name "The Chemical Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council" (CEPAC). The emergency coordinator for CEPAC is Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The information coordinator for CEPAC is Columbus Public Health. 

ORC 3750.04(C), Section .04(C) states that the LEPC shall conduct an exercise of its Plan annually.

CEPAC must conduct one hazardous materials exercise per annual exercise year. The SERC defines the annual exercise year to be the State Fiscal Year (SFY) which is July 1st through June 30th. The rule identifies that there is a recurring, four-year exercise cycle.

During the four-year period CEPAC is required to:

  • Complete at least one full-scale exercise; the remaining three years can be any type of exercise including additional full-scale exercises based upon local program need.
  • Activate and evaluate the county’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
  • Demonstrate, at a minimum, the number of objectives needed per exercise.
  • Consider no more than two actual incidents for exercise credit in the four-year cycle.
  • Include local emergency response and medical personnel in each exercise.
  • Develop an exercise scenario that will involve either a facility that is subject to the county’s hazardous materials plan or a transporter of hazardous materials as defined by regulations adopted under the “Hazardous Materials Transportation Act.”  
About the Exercise Program

In 2011, FCEM&HS began implementing a regional, integrated Training & Exercise Strategy and Program focused on building response and recovery capabilities tied to identified risks in the region.  The Strategy provides holistic guidance for emergency management and homeland security training and exercise planning and programming within the region.

FCEM&HS will provide exercise and training event tracking capabilities to all system users to help coordinate and de-conflict exercises and trainings region-wide and build region-wide agency collaboration and achieve cost efficiencies (e.g., consolidation of trainings and exercises of common interest).

This regional Training & Exercise Strategy is supported by all County Emergency Management Agencies of the Columbus Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) (Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Morrow, Pickaway, Hocking, Perry and Union counties).

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