Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security AN INTRODUCTION
Mission Statement 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.
History 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
Emergency An emergency, while it may have been devastating, is a dangerous event that did not result in a request for State or Federal assistance.
Disaster 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.
Emergency Management 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.
Mitigation Activities which actually eliminate or reduce the probability of occurrence of a disaster, including long-term activities which reduce the effects of unavoidable disasters.
Preparedness 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
Planning Emergency Operations Plan Hazardous Material Plan Emergency Animal Care Plan WMD Plan Radiological Response Plan Debris Management Plan Donated Goods Plan
Training and Exercises 12-15 Exercises a Year Training for First Responders – Fire – EMS – Law Enforcement – Public Works Weather Spotter Training Elected and Government Officials
Public Education Educational Materials Web Site (www.emafc.com) CERT Training Speakers Employee and Health Fairs Schools Severe Weather Awareness
Response 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.
EOC Activation 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 Coordination Response Prioritization Resource Management Communications Damage Assessment
Organization of EOC Executive Group Communications Group Operations Group Planning Group Logistics Group Administrative Group Liaisons
Communications Center Public Safety Radio Public Service Radio MARCS EAS Amateur Radio Weather Information Specialized Abilities (ie. ALERT & HS-4)
Hospital Communications Speed-dial to Emergency Departments Columbus Fire Alarm Phone Line Cell Phone to Land Line (Digital & Analog) 800 MHz Radio HERCS Amateur 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 – State – Federal
Weather Information Center Emergency Managers Weather Information Network (EMWIN) Davis Vantage Pro Weather Station WXMesg – Pages Watches and Warnings to Duty Staff Storm Watch – Rain Gauges – River Gauges
Warning System 139 Sirens 125 Voice Capable, 14 Siren Only Activation Points – FCEM&HS – Columbus Fire Alarm Office – Westerville Communications Center Wednesday Test (includes radios)
Recovery 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.