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Happy 25th Anniversary!

State Emergency Operations Center


October 28, 2019

This week marks the 25th Anniversary of the State Emergency Operations Center. An Open House will be held in early December, in celebration of all the partnerships that went into the construction and modifications of this facility.

Groundbreaking for the State EOC/Joint Dispatch Facility began in 1993. And the ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on October 27, 1994, a state-of-the art facility for the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Twenty-five years later, the facility has been reorganized and restructured. Under the division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, the building is now home to the Emergency Operations Center, Ohio EMA, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and Ohio Homeland Security.


12.12.2019:   Give the gift of emergency preparedness this holiday season
11.18.2019:   CSWA Poster Contest Open to Ohio Students in Grades 1-6
11.13.2019:  Get Ready, Ohio! Winter Safety Awareness Week is November 17-23
10.30.2019:  Ohio EMA’s Merick Named NEMA President
09.30.2019:  The Great Central US ShakeOut is more than an Earthquake Drill
09.12.2019:  Survivors Initially Denied FEMA Help May Still Be Eligible
09.05.2019:  FEMA Awards $1,920,201 Grant to the City of Sharonville
09.04.2019:  Wayne, Five Adjacent Counties Approved for Low-Interest Disaster Loans


Sima Merick, Executive Director

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Notice of Funding Opportunity

Security Grants for Nonprofits

As part of Governor DeWine's STRONG Ohio violence prevention initiative, the Ohio Department of Public Safety is offering grant funding to nonprofit organizations, houses of worship, chartered nonpublic schools and licensed preschools for (1) eligible security improvements and/or (2) acquiring personnel services/costs that assist the organization in preventing, preparing for, and responding to acts of terrorism. The application period is now open.

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Next of Kin

Add emergency contact information to your driving record in the event of an emergency situation. You can also allow your emergency contact person(s) to share your medical information with professionals providing emergency medical treatment if you are unable to communicate.