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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 Severe Weather Awareness Week and Flood Safety Awareness Week, March 19 – 25, 2017.  Residents are reminded to prepare for severe weather before it happens.  Hazardous conditions can occur anytime and anywhere without advance notice.

As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, FCEM&HS urges the community to participate in the annual Statewide Tornado Drill on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 9:50 a.m. At that time, the Franklin County Outdoor Warning Siren System will be activated one time for three minutes – a longer tone than in the regular Wednesday noon tests. The test tone will be the same “tornado warning” tone which would be used in an actual tornado warning. 

“As the severe weather season approaches, we encourage everyone to take some time during Severe Weather Awareness Week to make a safety plan for family, friends, neighbors and co-workers,” said Jeffrey J. Young, Director, Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security. “Being prepared and knowing what to do during an emergency is vital.”

FCEM&HS encourages residents to be prepared for all types of severe weather by following these important safety procedures:

Know the Risk – Learn and understand the different types of weather hazards facing Franklin County.  The top hazards can be found on the agency website at www.fcemhs.org.

Know the Weather Terms – Know the difference between storm watches and storm warnings. For example, a tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the area. A tornado warning is issued by the NWS when a tornado has been detected by radar or sighted by storm spotters.

Receive Notifications - Register for ALERT Franklin County at www.alertfranklincounty.org to receive severe weather alerts and important information.  Residents are encouraged to have a NOAA Weather Radio and tune into TV or radio newscasts for up-to-date weather information.

Have a Plan/Build a Kit - Develop and practice an emergency plan with your family and include your pets. Know how to communicate and have a designated safe meeting place.  Build an emergency supply kit.  Include enough food, water other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. 

According to the 2016 Franklin County Risk Assessment, tornadoes and flooding are among the top five risks facing Franklin County.  FCEM&HS offers the following information and safety tips for these top hazards:

Tornadoes 

Tornadoes develop from severe thunderstorms. They are usually preceded by very heavy rain and/or large hail. A thunderstorm accompanied by hail indicates that the storm has large amounts of energy and may be severe. In general, the larger the hailstones, the more potential there is for damaging winds and/or tornadoes.

Tornado Safety Tips:

Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
Be alert to changing weather conditions. If you see approaching storms or hear a load roar, similar to a freight train be prepared to take shelter immediately
Listen. Outdoor warning sirens across Franklin County will sound loudly when a tornado warning is issued for the county.
Go at once to the basement, storm cellar or lowest level of the building. If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or a smaller inner room without windows, such as a bathroom or closet.
If that is impossible, get away from windows and to the center of the room. Get under a piece of sturdy furniture, such as a workbench, heavy table or desk, and hold on to it. Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
If you are outside in a car or in a mobile home, get out and find shelter in the lowest level of a nearby sturdy building. If there is none, lie flat in a low spot, using your arms to protect your head. Do not go under highway bridges.

Flooding  

Flooding is the accumulation of too much water in too little time can be deceivingly dangerous, especially to drivers. Cars can become buoyant in only two feet of water, and the force of six inches of swiftly moving water can knock an adult person off his or her feet. 

Flood Safety Tips: 

Understand flood terms such as flood watch, flood warning, and flash flood warning. Get more information at www.ready.gov. 
Plan multiple evacuation routes.
Avoid flood prone areas, and never let children play close to creeks or storm drains. 
Get to higher ground immediately, by foot if necessary. 
Never drive into flooded areas. Remember “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”
Stay tuned to local television and radio and NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio for local flood warnings and instructions on precautionary/protective actions. 
Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe. 
Listen for news reports to learn whether the community’s water supply is safe to drink. 
Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible – damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards. 
Clean and disinfect everything that got wet.  

FCEM&HS, a government agency serving 42 local jurisdictions in Franklin County, coordinates countywide emergency and disaster planning, education, warning, response and recovery.

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State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP) Grant

The State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP) was designed to enhance the capacity of local jurisdictions to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from incidents of terrorism involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive (CBRNE) weapons and cyber-attacks.

Purpose of the SHSGP

  • Focus on the development and sustainment of core capabilities.
  • Build a robust national preparedness capacity based on cross-jurisdictional and readily deployable assets.

THE FY2016 STATE HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM (SHSGP)

The FY2016 SHSP is moving away from a competitive approach and towards a regional approach. Ohio EMA will be using the eight (8) homeland security regions as a way to distribute funds.

Ohio EMA, in its capacity as the State Administrative Agency (SAA), has decided to break the overall SHSP award into the following categories of funding:

Communications

Early Warning/Notification

Exercise

Intelligence and Information Sharing

Planning

Targeted Sustainment of Specialty Teams (Search and Rescue, HazMat, Bomb) 



ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

In accordance with Ohio EMA’s past administration of the SHSP (Non-LE) grant, eligible applicants are limited to the 88 County Emergency Management Agencies within Ohio. Franklin County is part of Homeland Security Planning Region 4.  Each region will have a pre-identified EMA fiscal agent who will serve as the eligible applicant for the region. For this region, FCEM&HS has been appointed as the fiscal agent. 

FUNDING GUIDELINES

In order to be funded by FY2016 HSGP funds, Ohio is requiring that local projects meet the following criteria:

1. Must support terrorism preparedness/demonstrate nexus to terrorism

2. Regional capability as demonstrated by support of all counties within the Ohio Homeland Security Planning Region where the project originates;

3. If requesting capability that is deployable/sharable within the region, state and nation-must indicate a commitment to do so per existing EMAC agreements;

4. If requesting sustainment of core capability not physically deployable, must still support national response capabilities such as Geographic/Geospatial Information Systems (GIS), interoperable communications systems, capabilities as defined under the mitigation mission area of the Goal, and fusion centers

5. Must directly support at least one of the core capabilities outlined in this document as being supported by Ohio’s FY2016 SHSP funding

6. Must be connected to a terrorism plan-local plan, regional plan, THIRA (if applicable), State Preparedness Report, etc. 

All equipment procured under SHSGP has to be in support of the maintenance or development of a capability described and typed under NIMS where such typing guidance exists as published by FEMA. The allowable prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery equipment categories and equipment standards are listed on the web-based version of the Authorized Equipment List.  FEMA Preparedness Grants Authorized Equipment List 



For additional information and the application template, visit the "Apply for a Grant" page of this website.

 

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Hazardous Materials Grant

Another available grant funding opportunity is through the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO).  This funding is specifically for hazardous materials training, planning and exercises. All grants awarded must be used for the training of public safety and emergency services personnel in the proper techniques for the management of hazardous materials spills and releases that occur during transportation. Grants are awarded on a reimbursement basis. Although grants may be awarded to educational institutions and state agencies, first priority is given to political subdivisions. If political subdivisions contract with outside consultants or institutions to conduct the training programs for them, the political subdivisions will be charged with the responsibility of ascertaining the accountability of the consultants or institutions.

Applications are reviewed quarterly but can be submitted at any time.  For additional information, application and forms, please access the PUCO website. PUCO 

About the Grants Program
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Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&S) has been the administrator for various grant programs over the years. Some of the grants administered through this agency include State Homeland Security Grant Programs (SHSGP), the Citizen Corps Council (CCC) Grant Program, and the Interoperable Emergency Communication Grant Program (IECGP). These grants were made available to states via the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS). The grants were awarded to the individual counties by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency and were non-competitive in nature.

In 2012, drastic changes occurred in the State Homeland Security Grant Programs (SHSGP) and for the first time, the grant application process became extremely competitive and the amount of funding available decreased considerably. The FY2012 Grants guidance began preparing grantees for the transition to the new grants vision by consolidating multiple, separate preparedness grant programs into a more streamlined model.

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