Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security
5300 Strawberry Farms, Columbus, OH 43230
Phone: (614) 794-0213 Email: email@example.com
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Important Notices & News Releases
10TV Story on FCEM&HS Installing Additional Warning Sirens in Franklin County Posted 5/16/13
2012 FCEM&HS Annual Report Posted 5/16/13
10TV Story on FCEM&HS 2013 Full Scale Exercise Posted 4/5/13
WSYX/ABC6 Story on FCEM&HS 2013 Full Scale Exercise Posted 4/5/13
FCEM&HS Holds 2013 Full Scale Exercise April 4th Posted 3/29/13
NBC4 Story on Columbus Adding 14 New Outdoor Warning Posted 3/20/13
Flood Safety Awareness Week is March 18-22 Posted 3/15/13
10TV Story on Statewide Tornado Drill Posted 3/6/13
Statewide Tornado Drill is this Wednesday, March 6 at 9:50 a.m. – Not at Noon Posted 3/4/13
Ohio Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week Is March 3-9 Posted 3/1/13
OEMA offers FEMA Design and Construction Guidance for Safe Rooms Course on April 3, 2013 Posted 2/28/13
Spring Severe Weather Is Subject Of Awareness Activities In March Posted 2/26/13
County Emergency Management Director Introduces Innovative Homeland Security Enterprise Initiative to Franklin County Decision Makers on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Posted 2/20/13
FCEM&HS, OSU To Co-Host NWS Severe-Weather Spotter Traning March 2 Posted 2/13/13
FCEM&HS Urges Participation in Annual Ohio Statewide Tornado Drill – March 6 Posted 2/8/13
FCEM&HS Report – Ohio Spring Severe Weather Issue Posted 2/8/13
FCEM&HS 2012 Accomplishments Posted 2/7/13
Franklin County Jurisdictions Receive FEMA Money for June 29 Severe Posted 1/25/13
FCEM&HS Urges Participation in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Earthquake Drill - February 7, 2013 Posted 1/25/13
The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Earthquake Drill - February 7, 2013 Posted 1/25/13
FCEM&HS Executive Committee Elects 2013 Chairperson & Vice Chairperson Posted 1/22/13
Local Veterans participate in CERT Training January Posted 1/12/13
Free Annual Weather Spotter Training held March 2, 2013 Posted 1/2/13
Register for March 2 Weather Spotter Training Posted 12/28/12
Winter Weather Advisory for Franklin County Posted 12/28/12
Wind Advisory for Franklin County Posted 12/20/12
Winter Weather Advisory for Franklin County Posted 12/20/12
Columbus Dispatch Op-Ed Column - Too many disasters are nationalized Posted 11/28/12
Director Mike Pannell Featured on Sunny 95's "Perspective" Posted 11/19/12
O'Shaughnessy Dam - Best Maintained Dam Posted 11/8/12
FCEM&HS Holds 2012 Regional Joint Emergency Operations Center Functional Exercise On November 15th Posted 11/8/12
FCEM&HS Report - November 2012 Newsletter Posted 10/31/12
FCEM&HS High Wind Warning Update Posted 10/29/12
FCEM&HS Receives More Than $200,000 In Regional Homeland Security Funding Posted 10/19/12
10TV Story on Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program Posted 9/6/12
FCEM&HS Recognizes 9th Annual National Preparedness Month Posted 8/29/12
FCEM&HS Hosts Public Assistance Applicant's Briefing Posted 8/27/12
FCEM&HS Encourages Participation in the Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program Posted 8/13/12
AEP Weather Alert Posted 7/26/12
Agency Brief to Executive Committee Posted 7/19/12
Public Health Advisory For Excessive Heat Warning July 6, 7 Posted 7/6/12
More Information From the Red Cross About Cooling Centers and Emergency Shelters in Central Ohio Posted 7/6/12
NEWS RELEASE: Franklin County offering Emergency Assistance to Vulnerable Low-Income Families and Residents Posted 7/5/12
Updated Recap of Cooling Centers In Franklin County Latest Post 7/6/12
The following daytime cooling centers have been set up and are operating in Franklin County, allowing citizens the opportunity to escape high temperatures. All centers listed here are open today (July 6); some centers are not scheduled at this time to be open during the weekend; only confirmed hours are listed for each center below. Pets/service animals are allowed in some of the cooling centers. Most of the centers are ADA compliant.
- Bexley Public Library, 2411 East Main Street, until 6:00 pm on July 6, 9:00 am-6:00 pm on July 7, and 1:00 pm-5:00 pm on July 8. ADA compliant. No pets.
- Columbus – Dodge Recreation Center, 667 Sullivant Ave., until 7:00 pm July 6. ADA compliant. Pets allowed: cats if caged, dogs if leashed, service animals.
- Columbus – Far East Recreation Center, 1826 Lattimer Dr., open until 7:00 pm on July 6, dinner served 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. ADA compliant. Pets allowed: Caged/leashed pets only.
- Columbus – Douglas Recreation Center, 1250 Windsor Ave., until 7:00 pm July 6, dinner served 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Pets allowed: Caged/leashed pets only.
- Columbus – Beatty Recreation Center, 247 North Ohio Ave., open until 6:00 pm on July 6. Pets allowed: Caged/leashed pets only.
- Columbus – Carriage Place Recreation Center, 4900 Sawmill Rd., open until 6:00 pm on July 6. Pets allowed: Caged/leashed pets only.
- Columbus – Gillie Recreation Center, 2100 Morse Rd., open until 5:00 pm on July 6. Pets allowed: Caged/leashed pets only.
- Columbus – Glenwood Recreation Center, 1925 West Broad St., open until 6:00 pm on July 6. Pets allowed: Caged/leashed pets only.
- Columbus – Howard Recreation Center, 2505 North Cassady Ave., open until 6:00 pm on July 6. Pets allowed: Caged/leashed pets only.
- Columbus – Lazelle Woods Recreation Center, 8140 Sancus Blvd., open until 6:00 pm on July 6. Pets allowed: Caged/leashed pets only.
- Columbus – Marion Franklin Recreation Center, 2801 Lockbourne Rd., open until 6:00 pm on July 6. Pets allowed: Caged/leashed pets only.
- Columbus – Martin Janis Recreation Center, 600 East 11th Ave., until 5:00 pm on July 6. Pets allowed: Caged/leashed pets only.
- Columbus – Whetstone Recreation Center, 3923 North High St., open until 6:00 pm on July 6. Pets allowed: Caged/leashed pets only.
- Columbus – Woodward Recreation Center, 5147 Karl Rd., open until 6:00 pm on July 6. Pets allowed: Caged/leashed pets only.
- Dublin– Dublin Community Center, 5600 Post Rd., open until 9:30 pm on July 6, 8:00 am-8:00 pm on July 7, and 8:00 am-8:00 pm on July 8. ADA compliant. No pets. Dublin residents only.
- Gahanna – Gahanna Senior Center, 460 Rocky Fork Blvd., until 4:30 pm on July 6. ADA compliant. No pets.
- Gahanna – Peace Lutheran Church, 455 Clark State Rd., 24 hour shelter; operation of this shelter is subject to change over the weekend. ADA compliant. No pets. Dinner served 6:00 pm-7:00 pm.
- Gahanna – Stoneybrook United Methodist Church, 485 Cherry Bottom Rd., until 5:00 pm on July 6; showers, beds, charging stations. ADA compliant. No pets.
- Madison Twp Community Center, 4575 Madison Ln., until 4:00 pm on July 6. ADA compliant. No pets.
- Worthington Community Center, 345 East Wilson Bridge Rd., until 9:00 pm on July 6, 8:00 am-8:00 pm on July 7, and 10:00 am-6:00 pm on July 8. ADA compliant. No pets.
- Worthington - Old Worthington Main Library, 820 High St, until 6:00 pm on July 6, and 9:00 am-6:00 pm on July 7. ADA compliant. No pets.
- Worthington - Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, until 6:00 pm on July 6, and 9:00 am-6:00 pm on July 7. ADA compliant. No pets.
- Worthington Park Centre, 1389 Worthington Centre Drive, until 6:00 pm on July 6, and 9:00 am-6:00 pm on July 7. ADA compliant. No pets.
- McConnell Arts Center (MAC), 777 Evening Street, until 5:00 pm July 6, 10:00 am until 5:00 pm on July 7, and 12:00 am until 5:00 pm on July 8. Electricity, art, and WiFi.
June 29, 2012 Thunderstorm Situation Reports Latest Post 7/6/12
Recap of Central Ohio Area Cooling Centers: Daytime Centers Provide Citizens Relief from Heat Posted 7/03/12
Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Crisis Action System (CAS) Level 2 Activation Posted 7/03/12
Brief Facts about the Federal Emergency Declaration Posted 7/02/12
Central Ohio Cooling Shelters Posted 7/02/12
American Red Cross Heat Shelter Openings Posted 7/02/12
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman Implements Operation Cool-Down Posted 7/02/12
City of Dublin Thunderstorm Recovery Updates Posted 7/02/12
City of Gahanna Thunderstorm Recovery Updates Posted 7/02/12
Jurisdictional Declarations of State of Emergency Posted 7/02/12
FCEM&HS in the News: Parts For Tornado Sirens To Be Updated (NBC4i Video) Posted 6/26/12
FCEM&HS In the News: County Pushes Upgrades of Sirens: 13 Communities Advised, But Not Required, to Retrofit Warning Systems to Prevent Failures Posted 6/25/12
FCEM&HS In the News: Emergency agency extends reach of sirens: Alarm system covers more of Franklin County Posted 6/15/12
Agency Brief to Franklin County Advisory Group Posted 6/14/12
FCEM&HS Report – June 2012 Newsletter Posted 6/12/12
Agency Brief to Executive Committee Posted 5/16/12
Innis Elementary Students Receive a Lesson in Tornado Safety; FCEM&HS, School to Explore Partnership for Community Preparedness Education Posted 5/10/12
Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security coordinates and prepares for county-wide all-hazards disaster planning, community education, warning, training, grant funding, response and recovery efforts in order to prepare and protect the citizens of Franklin County before, during and after natural and man-made disasters.
View the FCEM&HS Mission, Vision and Intent by clicking here.
- Invest in a WEATHER ALERT RADIO to help keep you and your family safe. An alarm can wake you during severe weather. Some models are programmable to your local area. Available from most electronics retailers.
- Receive emergency information notifications on your cell phone through the Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS)-click here to sign up . Your information will only be used to notify you at the phone number you provide of emergency situations in your area. Please note-this will NOT be used to notify you of tornado watches or warnings because these weather events change too rapidly for telephone notifications.
- Sign up to receive our newsletter-click here. View the current newsletter here.
Disaster Assistance Resource Database
FCEM&HS is updating the Disaster Assistance Resource Database for Franklin County. If your organization has a resource that may be offered free or at cost to assist with response to and recovery from emergencies and disasters, click here to visit our Planning & Recovery page.
Report a Problem
- Outdoor Warning System sirens - click here to email. Include siren location or nearest intersection.
- Thirty day spill reports, SARA Title III and chemical related emergency notifications should be directed to Matt Keefe, Operations and Planning Manager. Click here to email inquiries.
- Emergency contacts after business hours or on Federal holidays: call the FCEM&HS office number (614) 794-0213 and follow instructions to immediately contact the staff member on call. For police and fire emergencies call 9-1-1.