Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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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.
Cyber Security Conference
Central Ohio Cybersecurity Initiative
FCEM&HS Director Michael R. Pannell was joined by Columbia Gas President Jack Partridge, Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks, Columbus City Councilmember Zach Klein and other local elected officials and business leaders for the Central Ohio Cybersecurity Initiative Meeting on October 14, 2014.
Cybersecurity Initiative
Cyber Security
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Siren Watcher Mapping System
Link to Siren Watcher page
School Emergency Plan Website
ALERT Franklin County Mass Notification & Warning System


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!

September is National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month!  The theme “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today,” continues this year to remind residents to take action now and develop a plan with their community, family, and pets.  Plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters which can affect Franklin County.   Throughout the month the campaign will highlight four different topics which include Preparing with Family and Friends, Preparing through Service, Individual Preparedness and Preparing for National PrepareAthon! Day.  FCEM&HS encourages everyone to participate in America’s PrepareAthon! and National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30, 2016.  The program is designed to make individuals more aware of which disasters could happen in their community, know what to do to be safe and how to take action to increase their preparedness.  To participate, simply register at www.ready.gov/prepare.  By joining America’s Prepareathon!, participants commit to taking one concrete step to prepare for a hazard Franklin County may face.
2016 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut!
2016 Great ShakeOut logo FCEM&HS is urging the community to participate in the 2016 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut on October 20th.  At 10:20 a.m., millions of people will Drop, Cover, and Hold On and participate in the multi-state earthquake drill to become better prepared.  Earthquakes can happen at any time in any state.  Being prepared and knowing what to do can help keep residents safe and survive an earthquake.
Click here
to register for the 2016 Great Central U.S. Shakeout. 
Emergency Preparedness Survey

How prepared are you for an emergency or disaster?  Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) invites you to participate in a short online survey about steps you have taken to prepare for an emergency.  The survey will help local emergency and disaster planners and responders align programs and resources to the right areas in our community.  Click the link below to participate.

Emergency Preparedness Survey

FCEM&HS Cybersecurity Initiative

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

Monday, August 29, 2016

September is National Preparedness Month

FCEM&HS Encourages Franklin County Residents to Participate in National PrepareAthon Day on September 30th

(COLUMBUS, OHIO) – September is National Preparedness Month (NPM).  Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security(FCEM&HS) encourages residents to take action to ...

Friday, August 12, 2016

National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory for Franklin County

The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a Heat Advisory for Franklin County today from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. this evening. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory for Franklin County

The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a Heat Advisory in effect from 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 22, 2016 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016 for Franklin County.


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
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

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