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The Technical Support Division is made up of three Ohio EMA branches: Facilities, Logistics & Calibration; Communications; and Data Management. The mission of this division is to:
The Technical Support Division manages the Special Projects grants program which is funded from the Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG) program. Over the past few years the Special Projects program has been focused on supporting the construction of Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) at the county level. In this manner the number of county EOC’s that meet the Ohio EMA construction criteria (established with FEMA) has been increased.
The Special Projects grants program has also provided funding in the past for warning sirens, Emergency Alert System equipment, EOC software, and communication and EOC equipment.
As part of the Technical Support Division’s support for the Special Projects program, the Facility Engineer provides assistance during the grant application process, the design process and the construction monitoring phase.
The Technical Support Division also provides logistical assistance in support of emergency conditions. The Technical Support Division maintains a resource database with information on emergency supplies and vendors for assistance to counties during emergencies. The Division also monitors and provides assistance for the usage of EMA owned resources such as sand bags for use during flood conditions and portable pumps and pipe to help supply potable water to flood impacted communities when necessary.