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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.
2nd Annual Decision Maker Meeting
2nd Annual Decision Maker Meeting
FCEM&HS Director Michael R. Pannell briefed Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Franklin County Commissioners Marilyn Brown and Paula Brooks, the FCEM&HS Executive Committee and various Elected Officials and Decision Makers from Franklin County government jurisdictions about achievements in the Integrated Risk Management Initiative on April 2, 2014.
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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2015 Statewide Tornado Drill Participation Survey

Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) would like to thank all who participated in the 2015 Statewide Tornado Drill on March 6th.  Please remember to complete the online Statewide Tornado Drill Participation Survey to receive a participation certificate. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Free Annual Weather Spotter Training March 1 Will Help Safeguard Public

National Weather Service to Teach How to Spot Tornadoes, Other Severe Spring Weather

(COLUMBUS, OHIO) – To promote community preparedness for severe spring weather in Ohio, 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) beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at The Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus. The training and parking are free and open to the public.

Registration deadline is close of business February 21, 2014. Residents interested in the training can register on our website at www.fcemhs.org: Click link titled “Register for the 2014 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 in how to spot, report and prepare for tornadoes and other severe spring weather conditions in Franklin County. Trainees will gain better understanding of storm structure and how to distinguish tornadoes from look-alikes.

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.

Driving directions to The Fawcett Center are on the Web at www.fawcettcenter.com/page/directions/

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

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


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


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