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

Ohio's Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week Held March 19 – 25, 2017

Statewide Tornado Drill held March 22nd at 9:50 a.m.

(COLUMBUS, OHIO) – To raise awareness of the hazardous side of spring weather, Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) will recognize Ohio’s Spring ...
Citizen Preparedness
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:




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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