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Jim Dwertman, Branch Chief
Under the direction of the Operations Division, the Readiness and Response Branch is the newest addition to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. Readiness and Response integrates preparedness and readiness activities across all levels of state governments to further synchronize response capabilities when the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is activated.
The State EOC is the central point of coordination within the state for response and recovery to disasters of all hazards. The Readiness and Response Branch will build on current EOC procedures and seek input from county EMA partners and liaisons to improve readiness efforts and create a more effective around-the-clock response.
The Readiness and Response branch chief also represents the Ohio EMA in the following: