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Resolve To Be Ready In 2020


Floods are the nation's most common natural disaster and cause millions of dollars in damage every year. Purchasing flood insurance is one of the best ways to protect your home. Flood insurance is provided by the federal government through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

What else should you do?
  • Stay Informed: Know what to do before storms in order to stay safe. Follow directions of emergency management officials.
  • Take Photos: Having photos or videos of your home, property and contents can help with filing insurance claims later.
  • Reduce Flooding: Check your sump pump. Clear debris from gutters and downspouts. Move furniture & valuables to a higher level or safe place.
  • Protect Valuable Documents: Store important documents in a safe, dry place. You may want to photograph documents and store digitally, as well.
  • Be Ready to Evacuate: Plan and practice a flood evacuation route. Have an emergency communication plan.
  • Plan for Pets and Animals: Many emergency shelters do not allow pets. Plan on what to do with your animals if you need to evacuate your home.



Critical Information / 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Ohio Department of Health)

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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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.