In 2021, the statute that governs School Emergency Management Plans shifted from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS).

The Ohio Revised Code - ORC 5502.262 requires administrators of each facility in the state of Ohio, which provides educational services to children and is subject to regulation by ODE, to develop and adopt a comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. This plan shall consist of the following:

  1. Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)
  2. Floor Plan
  3.  Site Plan
  4. Emergency Contact Information Sheet
  5. Stakeholders Signature Page

By law, schools shall 1.) review their Emergency Management Plan and certify that the plan is current and accurate no later than July 1st of each year; and 2.) conduct at least one Emergency Management Test (EMT) by December 31st of each year.

For Franklin County, Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security is the ‘EMA’ signatory. To obtain our signature- please email all 5 parts of your school’s emergency management plan to Connor Robb, FCEM&HS Emergency Management Planning Specialist at [email protected] and [email protected] with your school’s name and IRN in the subject line. Please allow one week for review and return of a signed signature page if there are no edits suggested.

For more information on School Emergency Management Plans, visit Ohio School Safety Center.