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Current Weather Watches, Warnings or Advisories for Ohio

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Flood Water
Turn Around. Don’t Drown.™

       Severe Weather

More deaths occur due to flooding than from any other natural hazard. Many of these casualties are a result of careless or unsuspecting motorists who attempt to drive through flooded roads. If you come to a flooded roadway, Turn Around. Don’t Drown.

Additional Flood Safety Tips

  • If you can’t get out, get up. If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Stay away from flood-prone areas, including dips, low spots, valley, ditches, washes, etc.
  • Avoid flooded areas or those with rapid water flow. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It takes only 6” of fast flowing water to sweep you off your feet.
  • Do not allow children to play near high water, storm drains or ditches. Hidden dangers, such as strong currents, could lie beneath the water.



03.31.2017:  FEMA: Are You Ready for Spring Floods?
03.13.2017:  When the Sirens Sound, Will You Know What to Do? - Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 19-25
02.24.2017:  Ohio’s Students in Grades 1-6 Encouraged to Participate in the 2017 Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest
02.01.2017:  Ohio EMA to Provide Security Improvement Grants to Nonprofit Organizations
01.19.2017:  Ohio Department Of Public Safety Offers Toolkit For Mall Active Shooter Tabletop Exercises
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 Security Grants for Nonprofits (H.B. No. 384)

Notice of Funding Opportunity

Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA)
Security Grants for Nonprofits (H.B. No. 384)

Period of Performance:
April 19, 2017 -- June 30, 2018

The Ohio EMA Security Grants for Nonprofits program provides funding to nonprofit organizations for eligible security improvements that assist the organization in preventing, preparing for, and responding to acts of terrorism. Deadline for submission: March 20, 2017. Additional details can be found here.

Sima Merick, Executive Director

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    News In 90

News in :90 is our weekly compilation of ODPS events and social media comments from the previous week – all in 90 seconds! Click the News in :90 icon above to see what we’ve been up to.

Ohio Emergency Management 2017 Spring Conference

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Safer Ohio App Tutorial

Get Ready Ohio!

The Safer Ohio App is Ohio’s multi-function, mobile public safety tool for reporting suspicious activity, requesting emergency or roadside help, and monitoring traffic conditions. Get it at the App Store or on Google Play.


Know how to plan for specific needs before a disaster.

Disability Training

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Emergency Contact Information  

Next of Kin

Adds 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 now 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.