Mitigation Plan Update:
The 2023 Fairfield County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan has been apprvoved by the State of Ohio and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This local plan covers severe weather events that can affect the county, their impact, and ways to reduce risk to life, property, and the environment. A big thank you to our partner agencies, jurisdictional leaders, and community members that participated in its development.
Click here to view the completed Mitigation Plan
Consider an emergency: a house fire, car accident, or a security breach. These emergencies can be handled by the resources of the county. The Law Enforcement and Fire Departments are highly trained and ready to respond and care for these emergencies. But what if the fire consumes a city block… this might be too much for any single fire department to handle. Well before these emergencies occurred, there are “Memorandums of Understanding” in place with other area fire and law departments where they have agreed to help each other out.
A disaster occurs, when the emergency is so large, that the resources in the county and with the help provided by Memorandums of Understanding, cannot cover the need for the situation.
This is when the EMA steps in to coordinate a response. If the emergency was a tornado that destroyed 100 homes, or if the power was out for a week in half the county, this would require resources that are more than our county could handle. We need additional help and support. By bringing the decision makers together at the Emergency Operations Center, we can coordinate with all the county resources to decide the best way to help our residents. This may include asking the state for assistance.
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Thankfully, we are not currently reponding to any emergenices or Disasters.
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Amanda Township Fire Department (Volunteer)
Basil Joint Fire District
Berne Township Fire Department (Volunteer)
Bloom Township Fire Department
Bremen-Rushcreek Township Fire Department (Volunteer/Staffed)
Clearcreek Township Volunteer Fire Department (Volunteer)
Greenfield Township Fire Department
Hocking Township Fire Department (Volunteer/Staffed)
Lancaster Fire Department
Millersport Fire Department
Pleasant Township Fire Department
Rushville-Richland Township Fire Department (Volunteer)
Thurston-Walnut Township Fire Department (Volunteer)
Violet Township Fire Department
Village of Baltimore
Carroll Police Department
City of Lancaster
Lithopolis Police Department
Village of Millersport
City of Pickerington
Sugar Grove Police Department
Hunter's Run Conservancy District
Rushcreek Conservancy District
South Licking Watershed Conservancy District
Fairfield County Sheriff's Office
Fairfield County Health Department
Fairfield County Firefighters Association
Fairfield Medical Center
American Red Cross
Fairfield County Amateur Radio Club
EPA - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Homeland Security Advisory Committee:
The purpose of HSPD-8 is to “establish policies to strengthen the preparedness of the United States to prevent and respond to threatened or actual domestic terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies by requiring a national domestic all-hazards preparedness goal, establishing mechanisms for improved delivery of Federal preparedness assistance to State and local governments, and outlining actions to strengthen preparedness capabilities of Federal, State and local entities”
The Healthcare Coalition is a group that integrate, coordinate and organize regional health care preparedness activities and response coordination. They're a key requirement in the 2012-2017 Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) and Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Cooperative Agreements.
In order to ensure that the warning sirens will work during an actual emergency, all sirens are tested every Wednesday at 12 noon. The tests are activated by the Fairfield County Sheriff's Dispatch Center. If you do not hear a siren that you normally hear during these tests, please let us know as your feedback will help us ensure the system is operating properly. Call the EMA office at 740-654-4357 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Buckeye Lake Dam Safety Warning sirens are also tested the First Thursday of every month.
Join the Siren Spotter Team! If you are interested in joining the team to inform the EMA office of sirens that do not sound on the Wednesday test, please considering signing up to be a member of our Siren Spotter Team, sign up here!