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Ohio Emergency Management Agency

Welcome to the ODPS Emergency Management Agency

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Get Ready, Ohio!

Resolve To Be Ready In 2020


Make sure your emergency supply kit is stocked with items that can sustain you/your household for at least 72 hours. Click www.ready.gov/kit for lists of supplies for the home, work and vehicles. Supplies can be stored in plastic totes, backpacks or duffel bags. Don’t forget to include cash (small bills). ATM machines and credit card readers may be down during power outages.

Kit Storage Locations:

  • HOME – Keep this kit in a designated place. Have it ready in case you need to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.
  • WORK – Be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours. Your work kit should include food, water and other necessities like medicines, comfortable walking shoes and toiletry items, stored in a “grab & go” case.
  • VEHICLE – In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in the trunk or back of your vehicle.


01.06.2020:   Ohio EMA Offers Rebates to Homeowners for Tornado Safe Rooms
12.31.2019:   Ohio EMA Releases Houses of Worship: Targeted Disruption
12.30.2019:   URSB Public Meeting Notice - January 13, 2020
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


Sima Merick, Executive Director

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Houses of Worship: Targeted Disruption Tabletop Exercise Toolkit

This new toolkit was developed to provide a free product for houses of worship to better prepare staff, worshipers, first responders and other partners to plan for, and respond to, active aggressor incidents.

Safe Room Rebate Program Accepting Applications

Ohio homeowners may apply to receive reimbursement for the purchase and construction/installation of a tornado safe room inside or outside their homes. The application period for the Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program will be received by Ohio EMA through April 6.

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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.

Ohio EMA Spring Conference


Are You Ready, Ohio?

Ohios Guide To Emergency Management

Ohio's Guide to Emergency Management

NEMA 'Are You Ready?'' Guide to Emergency Management

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Emergency Contact Information
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.