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Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall

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How To Help:

To help people affected by the storm, visit www.nvoad.org for a listed of trusted organizations. To help, remember:

  • Cash is best. Financial contributions to recognized disaster relief organizations are the fastest, most flexible, and most effective method of donating. Organizations on the ground know what items and quantities are needed, often buy in bulk with discounts and, if possible, purchase through area businesses which supports economic recovery.

  • Confirm donations needed. Critical needs change rapidly - confirm needed items BEFORE collecting; pack and label carefully; confirm delivery locations; arrange transportation. Unsolicited goods NOT needed burden local organizations’ ability to meet survivors’ confirmed needs, drawing away valuable volunteer labor, transportation, and warehouse space.
  • Connect to volunteer. Trusted organizations operating in the affected area know where volunteers are needed, and can ensure appropriate volunteer safety, training, and housing.
  • Thank you for your interest in helping the survivors of Hurricane Florence. There are other ways to help. When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA to support survivors and first responders in communities all across the country.


09.13.2018:   Hurricane Florence inspires help and calls for local preparedness
09.11.2018:   EMAC Activates to Support States in Preparation for Hurricane Florence
09.10.2018:   Stand Up to Rainfall: What to do before, during and after region gets soaked
08.29.2018:   Franklin County EMA launches campaign to emphasize disaster preparedness
08.21.2018:   National Preparedness Month: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.
08.06.2018:   34 Ohio Students Recognized in Annual Severe Weather Poster Contest
07.26.2018:   Athens County, with huge backlog of road projects, to get some FEMA funds
07.24.2018:   State program helps cut cost of storm safe rooms
07.20.2018:   Fire and possible explosion rocked area in south Akron


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Notice of Funding Opportunity

Nonprofits Security Grants Program (NSGP)

Period of Performance:
September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2021

The purpose of the NSGP is to provide federal funds to states to assist nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack through support for eligible physical security enhancements and other security activities.



How Do I...

Emergency Contact Information
Next of Kin

Add emergency contact information to your driving record, for law enforcement purposes only, in the event one of your family members would need to be contacted regarding an emergency situation. You can also allow your emergency contact person(s) to share your current medical information with medical professionals providing emergency medical treatment, if you are ever involved in an emergency or otherwise unable to communicate.