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Get Ready, Ohio!

Resolve to be Ready for 2019


Bring in the New Year by making emergency preparedness a resolution. If we resolve to be ready then we would be prepared for emergencies and potential disasters.

Are You Ready, Ohio? Here's a list to help you get started:

  • Make an emergency plan. Choose a safe place to meet up with family members. Update your family communication plan - include an out-of-town contact. Learn evacuation routes.
  • Update the supplies in your disaster supply kits. Remember to include cash.
  • Get to know your neighbors and invite them to be a part of your emergency plan.
  • Set up group text lists so that you can communicate with family & friends during emergencies.
  • Snap photos of important documents and save them in a secure place or online.
  • Snap photos of your property for insurance purposes.
  • Check your insurance coverage for disasters like floods, tornadoes, ice and hail storms.
  • Take a class in CPR and first aid. American Red Cross
  • Have back-up power sources available to charge phones & devices in case of a power outage.
  • Download a weather app to receive severe storm alerts and warnings.
  • Take a photo of you and your pet together, in case you get separated during a disaster. Consider microchipping your pet.
  • Build up your savings. Grow an emergency fund: put a small amount (perhaps an extra $10) in your account once or twice a month, beginning in January.

View all 12 Days of Winter Safety here.


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
10.10.2018:   How to be Prepared for Disasters


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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.