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Ohio Emergency Management Agency

ODPS Ohio Emergency Management Agency EMA Watch Office

EMA Watch Office

Tyler Kempf
(614) 799-3816


The Ohio EMA Watch Office is one of the newest branches of the agency and is a key component of the state emergency management system. This office aims to help facilitate a quicker, more informed decision-making process for the preparation for, and response to hazards and incidents impacting Ohio. Operational since January 2016, the Watch Office team of analysts:

  • Provide daily situational awareness products and decision-support.
  • Track and dispatch state resources and assets.
  • Provide timely, accurate and actionable assessments to the agency, its partners and stakeholders throughout the state.

The Watch Office serves as the initial point of contact at the agency for its state partners and county EMAs for incident reporting. It develops situational awareness reports, as well as state advisories and other reports that provide awareness of a developing situation that could pose a threat to life and/or property.

The Watch Office is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year, and can be reached at 614-799-6500 or EMAWatch@dps.ohio.gov.