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Never Drive or Walk into Floodwaters - Turn Around Don't Drown©

Steer Clear of Flooded Roads

Every year, flooding causes more deaths than any other weather hazard. More than half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. Most of these drownings could be prevented, if people better understood the force and power of rushing floodwater.

Whether driving or walking, when you see flood waters ahead: Turn Around Don't Drown©

The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths occurs when people try to walk through or walk too close to flood waters. As little as six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult.

If you come to an area that's covered with flood water, you will not know the depth of water or the condition of the ground underneath.

Remember: Whether driving or walking, any time you come to a flooded area, Turn Around Don't Drown©.



02.04.2019:   Ohio EMA Now Accepting Safe Room Applications
01.25.2019:   Ohio EMA Releases Third Tabletop Exercise Toolkit
01.04.2019:   URSB Public Meeting Notice – January 14, 2019
11.15.2018:   Oil and Gas Firms Donate Response Vehicle to Belmont County EMA
11.07.2018:   NOAA: A Late El Nino Could Influence the Winter Season
10.22.2018:   First Responder Training Facility Opens in Paulding


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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.



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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.