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ALERT Franklin County Emergency Notification System

from Board of Commissioners

ALERT Franklin County is a mass notification and warning system developed to quickly notify residents of weather emergencies, crime alerts, road closures and more.

You choose the community notifications and locations you want and how you want to receive them. Notifications can be received via text message, email, cell phone, home phone or work phone.

Additional Write-In Candidates Certified for General Election

from Board of Elections

The Franklin County Board of Elections certified 10 additional write-in candidates for the Nov. 3 general election this afternoon. All filed by yesterday's 4:00 p.m. deadline for write-ins. Additional write-ins were certified at an earlier board meeting.

The board also accepted the withdrawal of Thomas C. Ullom as a candidate for Westerville City Council at today's meeting. Ullom's name will not appear on the general election ballot.

A complete list of general election candidates is posted on the board's Web site here.

Heat Safety

from Franklin County Public Health

Summer can be a fun time with vacations, picnics and other enjoyable activities, but the hot weather poses many potential health risks such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Visit the Franklin County Public Health website for more information and safety tips.

Children's Day at COSI

from Children Services

At FCCS's annual Children's Day celebration at COSI, children and families involved with FCCS will receive free admission to COSI exhibits, while a reduced rate for general admission is available to the public. Join us to enjoy local musicians, take part in prize drawings and shake hands with local mascots, including Brutus Buckeye and FCCS's own Ted D. Bear. Click here for more information.

September is National Preparedness Month

from Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security

FCEM&HS Encourages Franklin County Residents to Participate in National PrepareAthon Day on September 30th

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) and Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security(FCEM&HS) reminds residents to plan and prepare for all hazards and emergencies before they happen. Emergencies can occur anytime and anywhere without advance notice.

This year's theme is "Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today." The campaign reminds residents to take part, make a plan, and know what to do during an emergency. This means having an updated contact list for people to reach during a disaster and establishing alternative methods of communication if traditional ones are unavailable. Plan how to stay safe and communicate if a disaster would strike Franklin County.

For more information, visit the FCEM&HS website.

Franklin County Board of Elections Wins Two National Awards

from Board of Elections

The Franklin County Board of Elections received national recognition today for an ongoing effort to train poll workers and for a software application to ensure polling places are accessible for voters with disabilities.

The Election Center, an organization that trains and certifies election administrators nationwide, presented its "Professional Practices" award to Franklin County for "Practice Makes Perfect," a review of instruction for poll workers and for "ADA Survey," an interactive software program that helps Franklin County comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The awards were presented at the Election Center's 31st annual national conference in Houston, Texas.

Steve Bulen, precinct election official manager, accepted the award for "Practice Makes Perfect." The program is conducted on the weekend prior to an election to give poll workers the option to review what they learned in earlier mandatory training. The most recent session was attended by nearly 40 percent of the poll workers hired for the 2015 May primary.

Dennis Landuyt, assistant manager of Election Technology, accepted the award for "ADA Survey," an application he created so that Franklin County can gather information on hundreds of polling places to demonstrate steps needed to make the locations ADA compliant. The application allows users to take photos and print instructions for board employees to deliver ADA items where needed on Election Day.

The Election Center conducts a Professional Practices contest annually to identify the best practices of local election officials and share them with election professionals nationwide.

Mosquito Season Is upon Us

from Franklin County Public Health

Mosquito season is upon us. Visit the Franklin County Public Health website for complete Mosquito Program facts, updates and more.

2015 Franklin County Road Map and Atlas Now Available

from Engineer

Road maps are free, Atlas is $1.00. Available at several locations. Visit the Franklin County Engineer's Office website to find out how to get the new editions.

Mud & Madness at Metro Parks

from Metro Parks

Get ready for muddy fun and adventure at Metro Parks this autumn, at one (or all) of the three MUD & MADNESS AT METROPARKS events. You'll negotiate several natural and man-made obstacles as you take a 1- to 2-mile scenic route through the parks. Visit the Metro Parks website for more information and to register.

Candidates and Issues Certified for General Election

from Board of Elections

The Franklin County Board of Elections completed work on the Nov. 3 general election ballot this afternoon certifying suburban candidates for municipal offices and school board plus two candidates for Franklin County Municipal Court in addition to liquor options, tax and bond issues.

Petitions for 207 candidates were certified while six others were not because they lacked the number of valid signatures or had other problems. Those certified today join other candidates for city offices and school boards who advanced in May to the general election by winning the primary or because had they no primary opponent.

Levies for ADAMH, the Franklin County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board and for the Columbus Zoo, will appear on ballots countywide. Bexley, Minerva Park and Riverlea will vote on levies for current expenses. Riverlea also will have a bond issue for street and water line improvements. Levies for police services will appear in Franklin Township and Valleyview. Washington Township will have a fire levy and Jefferson Township a road levy. Hamilton Township will ask voters to approve an electric and natural gas purchasing program. Worthington will vote on a proposed charter change for zoning. Thirty-five liquor options will appear throughout the county as well.

Candidates and issues for the general election are posted on the board of elections Web site. Voters must be registered by Oct. 5 to be eligible for this election.

Current Construction Projects and Road Improvement Updates

from Engineer

Visit the Franklin County Engineer's Office website to find out the status of current road improvements occuring in Franklin County.