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Jamie Stout
Manager- Planning/Recovery
614-794-0213

jlstout@franklincountyohio.gov
Emergency Operations Plan
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The Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) addresses Franklin County's planned response to extraordinary emergency situations associated with all hazards such as natural disasters, technological emergencies and terrorist attacks.  It is the principal guide for mitigating emergencies and disasters; ensuring the protection of health, safety, and property of the public and aiding in recovery operations for the agencies and jurisdictions in the community.  It is intended to facilitate multiple-agency and multiple-jurisdictional coordination, particularly among local, state, and federal agencies in emergency management and establish a framework for an effective system of comprehensive emergency management.

In order to execute the EOP effectively and mobilize available resources, all implementing personnel must have knowledge of the procedures set forth in this plan and be trained in its use.  Agencies having roles and responsibilities established by the plan are expected to develop Standard Operating Guidelines and Procedures based on the provisions of the plan. 

The EOP was developed using generally accepted emergency management principles and practices.  Incorporated are planning elements derived from Federal Emergency Management Agency and Ohio Emergency Management Agency planning documents. Modifications to this plan may be made under the direction of the Director of Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Adoption occurs following an established maintenance schedule; however, the plan may be modified in the interim without prior approval and formal adoption.

The EOP is a statement of policy regarding emergency management and assigns tasks and responsibilities to county, city, and village officials, department heads and various agencies and organizations, specifying their roles during, before and after emergency or disaster situations.  It is developed pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 5502 and Ohio Revised Code Section 3750, conforms to the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and all applicable Homeland Security Presidential Directives, and is promulgated by the chairperson of the Executive Committee of Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security representing each of the 42 jurisdictions in the County.

The Basic Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security Emergency Operations Plan can be downloaded here: Emergency Operations Plan

Dangerous Wild Animal Response Team (DWART) Plan
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The State of Ohio Dangerous Wild Animal Emergency Response Commission annually approves the Franklin County Dangerous Wild Animal Emergency Response Team members as well as the Dangerous Wild Animal Response Plan as mandated by the Ohio Revised Code.

The legislation creating the need for dangerous wild animal teams and plans at the local level was signed into law on June 5, 2013 by Governor Kasich. It creates stricter regulations for owning dangerous or exotic animals and requires each county to have a Dangerous Wild Animal Response Team (DWART) and a Dangerous Wild Animal Response Plan. The bill was created in response to the 2011 incident in Muskingum County in which over 50 lions, tigers, bears and other wild animals were released from their enclosures at a private residence.

The Franklin County Dangerous Wild Animal Plan describes how emergency management, law enforcement, fire departments, emergency medical services, local health departments and others will provide resource support before, during and after a dangerous wild animal emergency. A dangerous wild animal emergency is any situation which “may pose a threat to the public safety of the county’s citizens” and may be caused through “human acts, inaction or negligence, by equipment malfunction or by natural disasters.”

The plan is reviewed annually by Franklin County's Dangerous Wild Animal Response Team, and any time the plan is put into operation there is also a review and update afterward. The plan is reviewed by the State of Ohio Dangerous Wild Animal Emergency Response Commission annually to ensure compliance with the law.

 

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