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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

FCEM&HS Updates 2016 Franklin County Risk Assessment

(COLUMBUS, OHIO) – Franklin County Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) is dedicated to ensuring Franklin County remains prepared to protect all residents and citizens before, during, and after all types of natural and man-made disasters.  In an effort to minimize the adverse impact of disasters on people and property in Franklin County, FCEM&HS recently updated the Franklin County Risk Assessment.  

The 2016 Franklin County Risk Assessment is a detailed study of the hazards most likely to impact Franklin County.  Nineteen threats and hazards – dangerous events such as winter storms, floods and terrorist attacks – were analyzed and ranked according to the potential risk they pose.  The assessment of the community’s threats, hazards, and risks provides the basis for planning and implementing measures to reduce the negative consequences of a disaster or catastrophic event by strengthening the community’s prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery capabilities.

FCEM&HS worked over an extended period to collect and assess information related to 19 potential natural, technological and human-caused threats and hazards that have occurred in the past or may occur in the future. A workgroup of representatives from across Central Ohio estimated the risks posed by these threats and hazards according to a pre-determined risk scoring methodology that is based on the probability of occurrence aa well as the associated negative consequences. 
“Our community and region are ever changing and this edition of the Risk Assessment provides information for local officials to understand and plan for the risks their community faces,” said Jeffrey J. Young, Director, Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security.   

Below are the 19 hazards listed according to their rankings; the lower the numerical ranking, the higher the hazard’s likelihood and potential impact on Franklin County: 
1. Tornadoes
2. Cyber Threat
3. Infectious Disease
4. Flooding
5. Lone Wolf Terrorist Attack
6. Dam Failure
7. Utility/Energy Interruption or Failure
8. Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or Explosive (CBRNE) Terrorist Incident
9. Severe Winter Weather
10. Hazardous Materials Incidents
11. Civil Disturbance
12. Severe Summer Weather
13. Transportation Accident- Aircraft
14. Space Weather
15. Extreme Heat
16. Earthquakes
17. Invasive Species
18. Air &Water Pollution/ Contamination
19. Drought
Click here for a summary of the methodology used to complete the Risk Assessment as well as specific details on each hazard addressed in the 2016 Franklin County Risk Assessment Executive Summary. 

The project was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Fiscal Year 2013 Pre-Disaster Mitigation funds administered through the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (OEMA).

FCEM&HS, a government agency serving 42 local jurisdictions in Franklin County, coordinates countywide emergency and disaster planning, education, warning, response and recovery.


Grant Programs

State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP) Grant

The State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP) was designed to enhance the capacity of local jurisdictions to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from incidents of terrorism involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive (CBRNE) weapons and cyber-attacks.

Purpose of the SHSGP

  • Focus on the development and sustainment of core capabilities.
  • Build a robust national preparedness capacity based on cross-jurisdictional and readily deployable assets.


The FY2016 SHSP is moving away from a competitive approach and towards a regional approach. Ohio EMA will be using the eight (8) homeland security regions as a way to distribute funds.

Ohio EMA, in its capacity as the State Administrative Agency (SAA), has decided to break the overall SHSP award into the following categories of funding:


Early Warning/Notification


Intelligence and Information Sharing


Targeted Sustainment of Specialty Teams (Search and Rescue, HazMat, Bomb) 


In accordance with Ohio EMA’s past administration of the SHSP (Non-LE) grant, eligible applicants are limited to the 88 County Emergency Management Agencies within Ohio. Franklin County is part of Homeland Security Planning Region 4.  Each region will have a pre-identified EMA fiscal agent who will serve as the eligible applicant for the region. For this region, FCEM&HS has been appointed as the fiscal agent. 


In order to be funded by FY2016 HSGP funds, Ohio is requiring that local projects meet the following criteria:

1. Must support terrorism preparedness/demonstrate nexus to terrorism

2. Regional capability as demonstrated by support of all counties within the Ohio Homeland Security Planning Region where the project originates;

3. If requesting capability that is deployable/sharable within the region, state and nation-must indicate a commitment to do so per existing EMAC agreements;

4. If requesting sustainment of core capability not physically deployable, must still support national response capabilities such as Geographic/Geospatial Information Systems (GIS), interoperable communications systems, capabilities as defined under the mitigation mission area of the Goal, and fusion centers

5. Must directly support at least one of the core capabilities outlined in this document as being supported by Ohio’s FY2016 SHSP funding

6. Must be connected to a terrorism plan-local plan, regional plan, THIRA (if applicable), State Preparedness Report, etc. 

All equipment procured under SHSGP has to be in support of the maintenance or development of a capability described and typed under NIMS where such typing guidance exists as published by FEMA. The allowable prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery equipment categories and equipment standards are listed on the web-based version of the Authorized Equipment List.  FEMA Preparedness Grants Authorized Equipment List 

For additional information and the application template, visit the "Apply for a Grant" page of this website.


Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Hazardous Materials Grant

Another available grant funding opportunity is through the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO).  This funding is specifically for hazardous materials training, planning and exercises. All grants awarded must be used for the training of public safety and emergency services personnel in the proper techniques for the management of hazardous materials spills and releases that occur during transportation. Grants are awarded on a reimbursement basis. Although grants may be awarded to educational institutions and state agencies, first priority is given to political subdivisions. If political subdivisions contract with outside consultants or institutions to conduct the training programs for them, the political subdivisions will be charged with the responsibility of ascertaining the accountability of the consultants or institutions.

Applications are reviewed quarterly but can be submitted at any time.  For additional information, application and forms, please access the PUCO website. PUCO 

About the Grants Program
Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&S) has been the administrator for various grant programs over the years. Some of the grants administered through this agency include State Homeland Security Grant Programs (SHSGP), the Citizen Corps Council (CCC) Grant Program, and the Interoperable Emergency Communication Grant Program (IECGP). These grants were made available to states via the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS). The grants were awarded to the individual counties by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency and were non-competitive in nature.

In 2012, drastic changes occurred in the State Homeland Security Grant Programs (SHSGP) and for the first time, the grant application process became extremely competitive and the amount of funding available decreased considerably. The FY2012 Grants guidance began preparing grantees for the transition to the new grants vision by consolidating multiple, separate preparedness grant programs into a more streamlined model.


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