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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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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.
 
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Siren Watcher Mapping System
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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!

2017 Statewide Tornado Drill
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Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) participated in the annual Statewide Tornado Drill at 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The Franklin County Outdoor Warning Siren System was activated one time for three minutes and the results are in!  

FCEM&HS is pleased to report that 100% of the 196 outdoor warning sirens sounded for the 3-minute drill.  No maintenance is required for 97% of them and only 5 sirens require nonessential repairs.  FCEM&HS would like to thank the 51 volunteer siren watchers for participating and the media for covering the annual drill.

Don't for get to record your participation by clicking the link below:

Statewide Tornado Drill Participation Survey

Be sure to provide your email address to receive a participation certificate. The annual drill is part of Ohio’s Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 19th-25th, to remind the public that with spring comes the possibility of tornadoes, thunderstorms, floods, hail, lighting strikes, and power outages. 


2017 NWS Severe Weather Spotter Training - March 25, 2017
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Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) and The Ohio State University Emergency Management are co-sponsoring the annual Tornado and Severe Weather Spotter Seminar by the National Weather Service (NWS) on Saturday, March 25, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus. The training and parking are free and open to the public. 

Residents interested in the training can register by clicking the link below:

"Register for the 2017 Weather Spotter Training”

The seminar, led by meteorologists from the NWS Forecast Office in Wilmington, Ohio, will provide specialized training to citizens, public safety officers and emergency management personnel on how to spot, report and prepare for tornadoes and other severe spring weather conditions in Franklin County. 

NWS depends in part on information from citizens trained to spot and report tornadoes and other severe weather events to help keep the community informed and safe with accurate reports and predictions of dangerous weather.

Emergency Preparedness Survey
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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
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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

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

Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security Executive Committee Special Meeting

The Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security Executive Committee will hold a special meeting on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at FCEM&HS, 5300 Strawberry Farms Blvd. ...
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 2013 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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