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Ohio Emergency Management Agency

ODPS Ohio Emergency Management Agency Planning, Training & Exercise Branch

Planning, Training & Exercise Branch

Matthew W. McCrystal, Chief

The Planning, Training & Exercise Branch is responsible for statewide, all-hazards emergency preparedness, including ongoing enhancement of Ohio's Emergency Operations Plan, coordination of local and state plans, training of emergency management professionals and development of exercises to validate capabilities.

Preparedness activities

  • Updating and maintaining the Ohio’s All-Hazards Emergency Operations Plan.
  • Supporting the Emergency Operations Center by providing training for local, state, federal and non-governmental organization personnel on EOC operations.
  • Supporting the State EOC and Watch Office during all levels of activation.
  • Conducting an annual review of the 88 county emergency preparedness plans on a three-year cycle with a focus on providing guidance for enhancing county-to-county and county-to-state response interface.
  • Planning for response to hazardous materials incidents including responsibilities relative to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Portsmouth American Centrifuge Plant.
  • Coordinating and facilitating Ohio's participation in the following interstate and intrastate mutual aid agreements.
  • Facilitating After-Action-Reviews of state disaster response, recovery and exercises.
  • Develop and maintain the State of Ohio Threats and Hazards Identification Risk Assessment and the Stakeholders Preparedness Report (THIRA/SPR).
  • Coordinate and maintain the continuity of operations plans for the Ohio Department of Public Safety and other state agencies.
  • Coordinate and conduct the Ohio Emergency Management and Homeland Security Training and Exercise programs.
  • Develop and maintain exercise toolkits for partner agencies and public organizations to assess plans, policies and procedures, and systems needed to guide the prevention of, response to, or recovery from an emergency.