Homeland Security

Homeland Security is a whole community endeavor that involves all aspects of public safety. From federal, state and local authorities to individual citizens, we all need to work together to ensure the most comprehensive and coordinated approach to protect our community.  Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) works with multiple agencies and jurisdictions to coordinate information sharing, planning, training, and equipment needed for protecting Franklin County from acts of terrorism.
FCEM&HS partners with Ohio Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the See Something, Say Something campaign. "If You See Something, Say Something™" is a national campaign that raises public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement. Informed, alert communities play a critical role in keeping our nation safe.

Public safety is everyone's responsibility. If you see suspicious activity, report it to local law enforcement at 877-OHS-INTEL (877-647-4683).

Describe specifically what you observed, including:

  • Who or what you saw  
  • When you saw it
  • Where it occurred
  • Why it's suspicious

If you feel it is an emergency situation, please do not hesitate to call 9-1-1. For more information about the campaign, you can visit https://www.dhs.gov/see-something-say-something

Regional Communications

The Franklin County Regional Communications Program provides administrative oversight and management of the communications systems managed or coordinated by FCEM&HS.  This includes the Franklin County Radio system, Franklin County 911 database, and Homeland Security Regional Communications.  The program coordinator serves as a liaison to multiple communication centers, Public Safety Answering points (PSAPs), as well as multiple other radio system administrators and the Central Ohio Amateur Radio groups.

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Homeland Security Advisory Committee (HSAC)

The Homeland Security Advisory Committee  (HSAC) is responsible for comprehensive planning, equipping, training, and exercising first responders so that the Columbus Urban area can prepare, prevent, protect, respond, and recover from all-hazard incidents.

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Public/Private Partnerships

The Ohio Public Private Partnership (OP3) program was created to strengthen partnerships across the state between citizens, government, higher education, and private businesses.  The program provides current information and situational awareness on disaster prevention, response, and recovery efforts to state agency and business executives, allowing decisions and resources to best support the needs of the impacted community. 

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