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State Agencies

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) - Division of Soil & Water Floodplain Management Program

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Division of Water oversees the floodplain management program and coordinates the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for the State of Ohio

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) - Division of Natural Areas and Preserves

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Division of Natural Areas and Preserves works with the Mitigation Branch to ensure that mitigation projects have little to no detrimental effect on Ohio's endangered species, scenic areas, nature preserves, or natural resources.

Federal Agencies

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA's mission is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the Nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters. Ohio EMA Mitigation Branch works with FEMA Mitigation Branch, our federal counterpart, to provide assistance to local communities with mitigation projects and planning.

FEMA Region V

FEMA Region V, in Chicago, works hand-in-hand with not only Ohio EMA but also with the emergency management agencies in IllinoisIndianaMichiganMinnesota, and Wisconsin to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.


Risk assessment software program for analyzing potential losses and estimating hazard-related damage before, or after, a disaster.

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

Congress established the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to address both the need for flood insurance and the need to lessen the devastating consequences of flooding. The goals of the program are twofold: to protect communities from potential flood damage through floodplain management, and to provide people with flood insurance.

United States Geological Survey (USGS) - Division of Water

The USGS mission is to provide water information that benefits the Nation's citizens: Publications, data, maps, and applications software. The Mitigation Branch works with USGS - Division of Water to obtain stream studies of flood prone areas that is used to determine the benefit-cost of a mitigation project and to provide additional data for the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) of the area.

National Streamflow Information Program (NSIP)

National Streamflow Information Program (NSIP) provides the Nation with real-time streamflow data information to help protect life and property and manage our water resources. The U.S. Geological Survey operates and maintains approximately 7,300 stream gauges which provide long-term, accurate, and unbiased information that meets the needs of many diverse users.

United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFW)

The Mitigation Branch works with USFW to ensure that mitigation projects have little to no detrimental effect on endangered species within the State of Ohio. The USFW also verifies the location and continued protection (under the Bald & Golden Eagle Act) of any Bald Eagle nests within a project area.

United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

The United States Army Corps of Engineers, through four operational districts within the State of Ohio, works with local communities and the Mitigation Branch with Planning, designing, building and operating water resources and other civil works projects for Flood Control. The four districts are: BuffaloHuntingtonLouisville, and Pittsburgh.

National Weather Service (NWS)

The NWS provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property. The Mitigation Branch works with the NWS to develop the State of Ohio Hazard Mitigation Plan.

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR)

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service (AHPS)

Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service is a web-based suite of forecast products. They display the magnitude and uncertainty of occurrence of floods or droughts, from hours to days and months, in advance. These graphical products are useful information and planning tools and will enable government agencies, private institutions, and individuals to make more informed decisions about risk based policies and actions to mitigate the dangers posed by floods and droughts.

Automated Flood Warning System (AFWS)

Automated Flood Warning System (AFWS) rainfall information is compiled from approximately 1300 automatic rain gages located throughout the area of the Eastern United States.

StormReady Program

Americans live in the most severe weather-prone country on Earth. StormReady helps America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property-before and during an event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs.


Spatial Hazard Events and Losses Database (SHELDUS) is a county-level hazard data set for the U.S. for 18 different natural hazard events types such thunderstorms, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and tornados. For each event the database includes the beginning date, location (county and state), property losses, crop losses, injuries, and fatalities that affected each county.


State Hazard Mitigation Team

The role of the Ohio State Hazard Mitigation Team (SHMT) is twofold: to facilitate a collaborative discussion of mitigation policies, programs, and procedures in Ohio, and to have a mechanism to efficiently and objectively review project applications for many of FEMA's hazard mitigation programs. The SHMT meets semi-annually and as needed by necessity of disasters.

Ohio Silver Jackets Team

The Silver Jackets is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers led initiative. The Ohio Silver Jackets Team is a Federal and State interagency team dedicated to working collaboratively with stakeholders in developing and implementing solutions to natural hazards by combining available agency resources, which include funding, programs, and technical expertise

Emergency Management Association of Ohio (EMAO)

The EMOA is the professional association of and for emergency management directors of Ohio. EMAO cooperates with the State of Ohio and its Emergency Management Agency in maintaining civil defense, emergency management, and homeland security services as an effective element of the national program and, through research, information, and training programs, to advance the professional standards of members engaged in emergency planning and management activities.

National Emergency Management Association (NEMA)

NEMA is the professional association of and for emergency management directors that provides national leadership and expertise in comprehensive emergency management and serves as a vital emergency management information and assistance resource.

International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)

The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), which has members in 58 countries, is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the goals of saving lives and protecting property during emergencies and disasters.

National Hazard Mitigation Association

The Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (NHMA) was founded in 2008 to bring together the various individuals and organizations working in the field of hazard mitigation.

Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM)

The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) is an organization of professionals involved in floodplain management, flood hazard mitigation, the National Flood Insurance Program, and flood preparedness, warning and recovery. ASFPM promotes education, policies, and activities that mitigate current and future losses, costs, and human suffering caused by flooding, and to protect the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains - all without causing adverse impacts.


HAZUS.org focuses on the promotion and development of HAZUS applications through the development and documentation of best practices, implementation guidelines, standards and outreach. This is accomplished through HAZUS User Groups, the operation of the HAZUS.org web site and information sharing.

Central HAZUS Users Group (CHUG)

The Central HAZUS Users Group (CHUG) is comprised of HAZUS users within FEMA-Region V with the goal to maximize the potential of HAZUS. CHUG looks at software problems, HAZUS projects, shares the successes and failures between users and helps bring the entire region together in planning for natural disasters.

National Association of Flood & Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA)

The National Association of Flood & Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA) is an organization of public agencies whose function is the protection of lives, property and economic activity from the adverse impacts of storm and flood waters.

University of Colorado at Boulder Natural Hazards Center

The goal of the Natural Hazards Center is to strengthen communication among researchers and the individuals, organizations, and agencies concerned with reducing damages caused by disasters. Using an all-hazards and interdisciplinary framework, the Center fosters information sharing and integration of activities among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from around the world.

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. - FLASH®

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc - FLASH® is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to promoting disaster safety and property loss mitigation.

Ohio Insurance Institute

The mission of the Ohio Insurance Institute is to strengthen to public understanding of, and confidence in Ohio's property/casualty insurance industry. Their newsroom tab provides news releases that provide damage figures following major disasters and events.

Ohio Floodplain Management Association (OFMA)

The Ohio Floodplain Management Association (OFMA) is the leading resource for floodplain management professionals in Ohio. OFMA is an organization dedicated to promoting sound and effective floodplain management and to providing training to floodplain managers. The organization was formed in 1995 to raise awareness about flood hazards and floodplain management. Since that time, OFMA has expanded its scope to offer educational opportunities, monitor local and national legislation affecting floodplain management, and provide a forum for communication among floodplain management professionals.


ReduceFloodRisk.org was developed by the Association of State Floodplain Managers to help property owners and buyers in flood prone areas identify strategies to reduce their property's risk of flooding.