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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.


About the Operations Program

The Operations Program plays a pivotal role in overall FCEM&HS operations. This program is responsible for implementing plans and procedures developed by the Planning program and overseeing agency operations, including managing the Franklin County Joint Emergency Operations Center, during incident response.  Through analysis and updates of constantly changing information, development of objectives and strategies, and coordination with internal programs and external agencies, Operations helps assure FCEM&HS functions efficiently and effectively during all stages of an emergency. Other functions include but are not limited to:

  • Plan, manage, implement and coordinate emergency planning activities including resource management, operational readiness, and capability development. 
  • Develop recommendations regarding program goals and objectives.
  • Attend emergency management meetings at the local and state levels; work cooperatively with county and city departments, other disciplines and jurisdictions to enhance coordination and improve emergency response capabilities.
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