How to Request Resources Through Your County EMA
RESOURCE REQUESTS BEGIN AT THE COUNTY LEVEL
The emergency management system in Ohio is a tiered effort. When a local government or health care facility needs additional resources or supplies to deal with an emergency, a request for resources should be placed with the respective county Emergency Management Agency (EMA), who will attempt to find resources at the local or regional level.
When an emergency exceeds the capacity of the local government, the county EMA will make a request to the state through the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA). If an emergency exceeds the capacity of the state, aid is requested by Ohio EMA through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
When making a request to the county EMA, specificity about the situation at hand is of paramount importance – details matter.
When reaching out to your county EMA, be prepared with the following information:
- Details about the incident/situation
- The gap between existing resources and what is needed to handle the incident/situation
- Details about how you have tried to fill that gap locally (asked for volunteers; reached out to the local business community, attempts to purchase goods, etc.)
FIND YOUR COUNTY EMA HERE: https://webeoctraining.dps.ohio.gov/ohiocountyEMADirectorList/countyemalist_web.aspx
To learn more about the emergency management system in Ohio, check out the Ohio Elected Officials Guide To Emergency Management: at www.ema.ohio.gov under the heading, “Are You Ready Ohio?”
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