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The Ohio Emergency Operations Plan provides a comprehensive framework for statewide emergency management while:
The Plans Branch coordinated the development of the Ohio Terrorism Annex, which is a hazard specific annex to the Ohio Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). It applies to all agencies and offices of state government when responding to or recovering from incidents of terrorism (including the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). A terrorist event will normally overwhelm local resources immediately, requiring that state or federal assistance be initiated without delay. The law-enforcement centered process described in the annex is intended to enable responding organizations to recognize the situation, rapidly and effectively exchange data, initiate and direct responses, and enable other offices to determine and prepare their roles in subsequent recovery-related actions.
Ohio EMA's responsibility is to coordinate operations and activities with all applicable federal, state & local agencies, offices, or authorities including identification and prioritization of needs with regard to preparedness, response and recovery actions. The Ohio Terrorism Annex is a secure document that is not available on this website. The Plans Branch also assists county emergency management agencies with development of their terrorism annexes and plans.
The Plans Branch spearheaded the 2003 State Homeland Security Assessment and Strategy (SHSAS) for Ohio , including state threats, risks, capabilities and needs, and coordinated the SHSAS process in all 88 counties. This statewide assessment and strategy was required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in order for Ohio to be eligible for 2004 and future federal homeland security grants.
Each county was required to accomplish their assessment and strategy process using a multi-discipline team with representatives from emergency management, fire, law enforcement (both police and sheriff), emergency medical services, public health, public works, and representatives from municipal, township and county government. Ohio 's assessment and strategy was submitted on December 31, 2003 and Ohio was the first state to have theirs approved. Ohio also has four cities that are part of the DHS Urban Areas Strategic Initiative (UASI) that funnels additional assistance to large urban areas and their surrounding regions to further protect these population centers.
Ohio EMA Plans Branch coordinates the planning for and response to hazardous materials incidents that are beyond the capacity of to local officials to handle. The Ohio Hazardous Materials Incident Annex addresses:
Other Ohio EMA responsibilities with hazardous materials include co-chair of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and the SERC's Operations & Issues Committee with Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and coordination of the annual state hazardous materials exercise.
Ohio EMA works in cooperation with Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio Department of Health in administering and carrying out activities and responsibilities related to the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) facility in Piketon, Ohio , which is leased by the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC). The name of the facility is the Portsmouth American Centrifuge Plant (www.usec.com).
Ohio EMA's responsibilities with respect to the above facility is to revise and maintain emergency plans, conduct joint training, periodic drills and exercises with USEC/USDOE and county response agencies, monitor and improve communications and warning systems between the state, counties and the facility, and conduct joint public information operations with the facility.
Ohio EMA conducts annual reviews of county Emergency Operations Plans on a four-year cycle, based on the federal fiscal year, October 1 through September 30, to coincide with federal funding cycles. These reviews will improve the overall quality of plans statewide and, more importantly, facilitate county-to-county and county-to-state interactions during disasters.
The Plans Branch and Field Operations, Training and Exercise Branch formed teams to review all county Emergency Operations Plans. Each review team, consisting of one planner and one field liaison, will work cooperatively with each county to evaluate where each EOP is in the four-year plan review cycle. The process begins with the county completing a crosswalk indicating where each of the planning elements resides in the plan. This essential part of the process ensures that the review teams do not overlook any elements of the county plans. At the conclusion of each year's planning review process, the county will be provided a document that recommends corrective actions needed to comply with planning guidance. (NOTE: Link to crosswalk will be provided)