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Chris Williams                               CERT & Citizen Corps Coordinator       (614) 794-0213


chriswilliams@franklincountyohio.gov
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Weekly Franklin County Outdoor Warning Siren Test Cancelled Today

COLUMBUS, Ohio— Due to the unsettled weather pattern being experienced in Franklin County and chance for severe weather predicted for our area today, Franklin County Emergency Management and ...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Angelo Nocera & FCEM&HS Siren Watch Program Featured in Columbus Dispatch

Angelo Nocera, Team Leader of the FCEM&HS Siren Watch Program recently spoke Kimball Perry of the Columbus Dispatch about the program and his hopes for more Siren Watch volunteers. ...

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 ...
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Why Prepare?

There are real benefits to being prepared:
The need to prepare is real:

Are You Ready? - An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness Course

This course was developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is the agency responsible for responding to all-hazards and for helping state and local governments and individuals prepare for emergencies.  It contains step-by-step advice on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

Used in conjunction with information and instructions from local emergency management offices and the American Red Cross, Are You Ready? will give you what you need to be prepared.

The purpose of this guide is to help you protect yourself and your family in the event of an emergency.  Through applying what you have learned in this guide, you are taking the necessary steps to be ready when an event occurs.

(Source: U.S Army Corps of Engineers)

Every citizen in this country is part of a national emergency management system that is all about protection - protecting people and property from all types of hazards.  Think of the national emergency management system as a pyramid with you, the citizen, forming the base of the structure.  At this level, you have the responsibility to protect yourself and your family by knowing what to do before, during, and after an event.  Some examples of what you can do follow:

Before:

During:
After:

(Source: www.fema.gov)

Financial Preparedness

Help After a Disaster: Applicant's Guide to the Individuals & Households Program

IS-403: Introduction to Individual Assistance Course

What is the Definition of an Emergency?

The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 5502.21 defines an emergency as: Except as provided in section 5502.41 of the Revised Code, "emergency" means any period during which the congress of the United States or a chief executive has declared or proclaimed that an emergency exists.

What is the Definition of a Disaster?

ORC 5502.21 defines a disaster as: "Disaster" means any imminent threat or actual occurrence of widespread or severe damage to or loss of property, personal hardship or injury, or loss of life that results from any natural phenomenon or act of a human.

Personal Preparedness in America: Findings from the Citizen Corps National Survey

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