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Vigilant Guard, A Multi-Hazard, National-Level Military Exercise, is August 5-8

Ohio Vigilant Guard

The Ohio National Guard and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency are the hosts of Vigilant Guard 2019 (VG19), a national-level exercise that is cosponsored by the U.S. Northern Command and the National Guard Bureau.

Scheduled for August 5-8, VG19 is a four-day exercise that will test the state’s disaster and emergency response capabilities to a cyber-event that subsequently causes simulated utility failures and disruptions. Emergency response to hazardous material accidents, civil disturbances, and radiological incidents will also be tested.

The public may notice a heavier-than-usual presence of military personnel, aircraft and equipment, first responders, and emergency vehicles. VG19 will also have civilian volunteers as mock accident victims. Emergency responders will exercise search and rescue, medical trauma treatment, and first aid application.

Ohio EMA Executive Director Sima Merick (video promo)


08.16.2019:  Governor DeWine Authorizes Use of State Disaster Relief Program
08.07.2019:  FEMA Extends Registration Deadline
08.05.2019:  19 Ohio Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest Finalists Recognized at Awards Ceremony
07.30.2019:  Registered Yet?
07.29.2019:  Vigilant Guard training exercise to be discussed at Aug. 1 news conference
07.18.2019:  FEMA Approved Public Assistance for Four Ohio Counties
07.18.2019:  Thirty Days Left to Register with FEMA, SBA
07.17.2019:  State of Ohio Participates in National-Level Military Exercise


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Notice of Funding Opportunity

Nonprofits Security Grants Program (NSGP)

Period of Performance:
Sept. 1, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2022

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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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.