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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.
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Training
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.
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Exercises
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Recovery
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.
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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.
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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.
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Siren Watcher Mapping System
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Link to Siren Watcher page
FCEM&HS Emergency Preparedness Survey
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Franklin County residents and businesses can help Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) update the the Franklin County Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Hazard mitigation is the process of reducing the impact of a hazard, such as improving drainage in an area prone to flooding. The plan outlines the hazard mitigation actions the County intends to take over the next five years. 

Residents and businesses are invited to participate by completing the online survey below.  The survey takes only 10 minutes and all responses will be kept confidential.  The survey gives residents an opportunity to voice their concerns, let FCEM&HS know what hazards they are most concerned about, and identify services the community may need during an emergency.  Feedback from the survey will enable FCEM&HS to better serve residents and businesses before, during and after an emergency or disaster.

LINK to Survey: http://prepare.community/franklincounty

Deadline: Please complete the survey by November 30, 2017

For more information, please contact Jamie Stout, FCEM&HS Planning & Recovery Manager at jlstout@franklincountyohio.gov or call 614-794-0213.

ALERT Franklin County Mass Notification & Warning System
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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
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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 








FCEM&HS Cybersecurity Initiative
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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

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

National Lightning Safety Awareness Week is June 18-24, 2017

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

COLUMBUS, Ohio—As the weather warms, the chances for severe thunderstorms increase across Franklin County. As we approach National Lightning Awareness Safety Week, June 18-24, FCEM&HS encourages all Franklin County residents to know what to do before, during and after thunderstorms, and to practice severe weather safety and preparedness throughout the summer.

Although the number of lightning fatalities has continued to fall in previous years, lightning strikes continue to be one of the top storm-related killers in the United States. Most lightning victims are struck before or after the storm reaches its greatest intensity.  The best way to protect yourself and your family from lightning and the dangers of thunderstorms is to be prepared. 

“Many outdoor sports organizations have adopted policies suspending play during thunderstorms,” said Jeffrey J. Young, Director, Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security. “Spectators should also be prepared by having a plan and a predetermined location to seek shelter immediately during a storm.”

Residents are reminded that performing a simple measure can drastically reduce the chance of severe injury or death during a storm: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! NWS and FCEM&HS suggest the following lightning safety measures:

PLAN AHEAD – Thunderstorms are most likely to develop on spring or summer days, but can also occur at night and during any season. Be sure to have a weather safety plan, including a predetermined safe location. Sign up for ALERT Franklin County at www.alertfranklincounty.org to receive severe weather alerts automatically.  Check the local weather when planning an outdoor activity and again before leaving home. Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) with a tone alert that notifies when hazardous weather is in your area. 

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– You are not safe anywhere outside in a thunderstorm. Lightning can strike as far as 25 miles away from where it is raining. Run to a safe building or vehicle when you first hear thunder, see lightning or observe dark, threatening clouds overhead. Stay inside until 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder. Do not seek shelter under trees!

INDOORS – Move indoors as soon as possible when thunderstorms appear. Once inside stay off corded phones (use cellular or cordless phones instead), and avoid touching electrical equipment, or plumbing. Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches, and do not lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last rumble of thunder, and continue to monitor the local weather.

PROTECT YOUR PETS – Dog houses are not safe shelters. Dogs that are chained to trees or wire runners are particularly vulnerable. Bring your pets inside during thunderstorms.

HELPING SOMEONE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING – If a person is struck by lightning, call 911 and seek immediate medical attention. A lightning victim does not carry an electrical charge and is safe to touch. Knowing and implementing first aid measures, which include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), can help a person struck by lightning survive. Local American Red Cross chapters and many fire departments offer first aid and CPR classes.

For additional information on lightning safety, visit our website at www.fcemhs.org or the NWS site at www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov

Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security, a local government agency, coordinates county-wide emergency/disaster planning, education, warning, response and recovery.

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Volunteering
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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
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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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