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National Weather Service Cleveland Cold Weather & Wind Chill: February 19th - 20th

The National Weather Service is forecasting extreme cold temperatures and severe wind chill for Cuyahoga County.  Please reference CCOEM’s Extreme Cold Fact SheetBlizzard Fact Sheet and Winter Storms Fact Sheet for severe winter weather preparedness and safety tips.


March 2015 Statewide Tornado Drill and National Spring Severe Weather Week

In recognition of National Severe Weather Week (March 1 - March 7), the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management is providing information on the March 4th Statewide Tornado Drill.

While tornadoes can occur at any time, late spring and summer are the prime tornado season in Ohio. To remind and prepare residents for the danger of tornadoes, the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management is encouraging all communities to participate in the Statewide Tornado Drill at 9:50 am on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. On March 4th, communities across the state of Ohio will test their tornado warning siren systems. In addition, an Emergency Alert System (EAS) warning message will be broadcast. We encourage all communities with sirens to participate in this annual event by conducting their own tornado drills and reviewing their emergency plans. More information can be found here.

In addition, during Severe Weather Week we are asking public safety agencies, schools, and community organizations to remind their residents that spring brings the possibility of floodingsevere thunderstormstornadoes, and associated hazards such as hail, high winds, and lighting strikes.


The Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service Cleveland Office will hold the 2015- SKYWARN Training on April 13, 2015 at the Mayfield Village Civic Center.  The 2-hour SKYWARN Training is FREE and open to the public. The SKYWARN training provides training for members of Fire and Police Departments, Citizen Corp, Emergency Management Officials, Amateur Radio Operators and weather-interested Citizens on weather spotting techniques. When completed, you will be enrolled in the SKYWARN program. Please refer to the flyer HERE for additional information.

Youth Preparedness Council

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced it is seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council. Youth leaders who are dedicated to public service, who are making a difference in their communities, and who want to expand their impact as national advocates for youth disaster preparedness are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be 13 to 17 years old. They must also be engaged in individual and community preparedness or have experienced a disaster that motivated them to make a positive difference in their community.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must submit a completed application form and two letters of recommendation. Completed applications and all supporting materials must be received by March 2, 2015, 11:59 p.m. EST. For more information about completing and submitting the application, please visit:

Flu Season is Here

Health experts are seeing an influx of flu cases throughout the Northeast Ohio area. Flu is a serious disease that causes illness, hospitalizations, and deaths every year in the United States. Please click on the links below to see Flu information provided by the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management, Cuyahoga County Department of Public Health, and the Center for Disease Control & Prevention:

  CCOEM Influenza Fact Sheet 
  CDC Fighting the Flu 
  CDC Flu Vaccination Guidelines 
  CDC Everyday Preventative Guidelines 

Additional information can be found at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health:

December 23, 2014

New Construction Update: Watch the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management's NEW Emergency Operations Center Take Shape

A contract was signed on December 17, 2014 between Cuyahoga County and Shook Construction, finalizing plans for construction of a new state-of-the-art county Emergency Operations Center. The planned facility will be located at the Broadview Heights municipal campus on Broadview Road and will include an EOC floor with extensive communications and information display capabilities; a multi-position communications center for the Cuyahoga Emergency Communications System (CECOMS) which can also serve as a regional dispatch center; a Joint Information Center; offices for the County Office of Emergency Management; a training room; and a storage and maintenance facility for county special teams.

Groundbreaking is expected within the next few months. You can follow the progress of construction in the photo gallery located on this page.

November 17, 2014

New Cuyahoga County Emergency Operations Center Construction Contract Approved

Design and Site Work to Begin Immediately

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald announced today that County Council has approved a construction contract of the new Cuyahoga County Emergency Operations Center. The Departments of Public Works and Public Safety and Justice Services were awarded approval of a contract with Shook Construction Company to provide professional design-build services.

 “Cuyahoga County remains committed to supporting emergency management initiatives, so that we may give our public safety professionals state-of-the-art tools and resources, in order to assist the public in the event of an emergency,” said FitzGerald. “I’m excited we have secured a construction contract with Shook Construction Co. to take the next step toward building our Emergency Operations Center.”

 The goal of the contract is to provide professional design-build services for the construction of the new center, located in Broadview Heights. Contract approval details include the following:

    • Initial contract shall-not-exceed $2,148,732
    • Project is located in County Council District 6
    • Design and site work, which includes grading and utility installation, will begin immediately
    • Construction will be completed by the second quarter of 2016

 “I’m pleased to receive contract approval from Cuyahoga County Council, which allows us to focus on the next items on our agenda toward completing this project,” added Ken Mills, Director of Public Safety and Justice Services. “We’re anticipating full utilization of the Emergency Operations Center during the Republican National Convention in 2016.”

 As part of the Cuyahoga County Emergency Management Initiatives that FitzGerald announced in 2013, the new Emergency Operations Center will meet national requirements for EOCs and will include a robust communications center, allowing the County to extend dispatch currently offered to municipalities.

Cuyahoga County Recognizes Bedford as First ReadyCertified Community

The City of Bedford has become the first city to become fully certified through the ReadyCuyahoga Emergency Management Certification Program established under County Executive Ed FitzGerald.

“I’m pleased to award the City of Bedford our first certification through our ReadyCuyahoga program,” said FitzGerald. “I want to commend Mayor Stanley Koci and his entire staff for their hard work and becoming a resource for emergency preparedness.”

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