Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security
The Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security, coordinates county-wide emergency / disaster planning, education, warning, response and recovery to minimize the adverse impact on area residents and property.
1950s – Agency officially began operation
1960s – Cold War Era
1970s – Disaster Services Agency
1980s – Emergency Management Agency
1990s – Focus on Terrorism
2004 – Moved to new “state of the art” facility
2005 – Homeland Security officially added to agency name
An emergency, while it may have been devastating, is a dangerous event that did not result in a request for State or Federal assistance.
A disaster is a dangerous event that causes significant human and economic loss and demands a crisis response beyond the scope of any single agency or service.
The organized analysis, planning, decision making, and assignment of available resources to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the effects of all hazards.
Comprehensive Emergency Management
Comprehensive emergency management is an all hazards approach to emergency planning, allowing for generic mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery programs that can be used in more than one kind of disaster.
Activities which actually eliminate or reduce the probability of occurrence of a disaster, including long-term activities which reduce the effects of unavoidable disasters.
Activities which are necessary to the extent that mitigation measures have not, or cannot, prevent disasters. Preparedness measures also seek to enhance disaster response operations.
Franklin County Hazards (possibilities of occurring) drought radiological dam failure earthquake air crash power failure civil disturbance nuclear event winter storm 20 40 60 80 100 thunderstorm terrorism hazmat tornado flood
Emergency Operations Plan
Hazardous Material Plan
Emergency Animal Care Plan
Radiological Response Plan
Debris Management Plan
Donated Goods Plan
Training and Exercises
12-15 Exercises a Year
Training for First Responders
Weather Spotter Training
Elected and Government Officials
Web Site (www.emafc.com)
Employee and Health Fairs
Severe Weather Awareness
Activities occurring during and immediately following a disaster, designed to provide emergency assistance to victims of the event and reduce the likelihood of secondary damage.
Emergency Operations Center
The EOC, in coordination with the Incident Command Post will be the point of contact for all operating or responding departments and agencies, other counties and State agencies.
There exists an imminent threat to the safety/health of the public
Extensive multi-agency or jurisdictional response is necessary
Local resources are inadequate or depleted & mutual aid must be utilized
Multiple political jurisdictions are affected
EOC Primary Functions
Centralized Direction and Control
Information Collection, Evaluation, Display
Organization of EOC
Public Safety Radio
Public Service Radio
Specialized Abilities (ie. ALERT & HS-4)
Speed-dial to Emergency Departments
Columbus Fire Alarm Phone Line
Cell Phone to Land Line (Digital & Analog)
800 MHz Radio
Resource Coordination Law Enforcement Red Cross Hospitals Shelters Fire Departments Salvation Army Hazmat Teams Utility Departments Church Organizations Volunteer Organizations Industry Funeral Homes Federal Agencies Amateur Radio Local Businesses State Resources County Government Depts. City Government Depts.
Types of Resources
Government emergency capabilities
Private community resources
Neighboring Jurisdiction Resources
Higher level government resources
Weather Information Center
Emergency Managers Weather Information Network (EMWIN)
Davis Vantage Pro Weather Station
Pages Watches and Warnings to Duty Staff
125 Voice Capable, 14 Siren Only
Columbus Fire Alarm Office
Westerville Communications Center
Wednesday Test (includes radios)
Short -term recovery: returns vital life support systems to minimum operating standards.
Long-term recovery: May go on for years until the entire disaster area is completely redeveloped.