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National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month. This year we are asking you to take action now – make a plan
with your community, your family, and for your pets. Plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community. We ask everyone to participate in America’s PrepareAthon! and the national day of action, National PrepareAthon! Day, which culminates National Preparedness Month on September 30.
To celebrate National Preparedness Month, we are holding two preparedness events:
- As a Kick-Off to National Preparedness Month, on Saturday, August 29 we are holding the 2015 Safe and Prepared Fair at the Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Stewardship Center, 2277 W. Ridgewood Dr, in Parma. Co-sponsoring the event with the Cleveland Metroparks, the goal of the Fair is to educate people about staying safe during severe weather and natural disasters. WKYC Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling, Cleveland Metroparks Rangers, and other community groups will share tips on preparing yourselves, your family, and your pets for emergencies, how to stay safe outdoors, and how to be prepared for severe weather. The event runs from 10am-1pm. For more details, click here.
- On Saturday, September 12, we are holding the Second Annual Emergency Preparedness Day at the Warrensville Heights Family YMCA (4433 Northfield Rd, Warrensville Heights). Partnering with the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, Emergency Preparedness Day will focus on home preparedness: including children, pets, elderly, and individuals with functional and access needs. The event runs from 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m.
We will be following FEMA Region 5
's weekly themes for National Preparedness Month. Themes include:
- Week 1, September 1-5: NPM Kickoff - Share photos of items in your family emergency supply kit
- Week 2, September 6-12: Digital Preparedness/Digital Engagement - Share photos of communication planning of how to reconnect with family after a disaster by use of text, e-mail, social media and cell phone
- Week 3, September 13-19: Pet Preparedness - Share photos of supply kit items for your pets
- Week 4, September 20-26: Preparedness for Ohioans with Functional Needs - Share photos of supply kit items for babies or older adults or for family members with medical/special needs
- Week 5, September 27-30: Lead up to National PrepareAthon! Day, September 30- Share photos of emergency preparedness activities
Be sure to follow our social media accounts (Facebook.com/CuyahogaOEM
) throughout the month as we post preparedness tips and pictures related to National Preparedness Month, or follow along on social media by using #NatlPrep
. You can also visit www.ready.gov
Three Cuyahoga County Students Recognized In Annual Ohio Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest
Every year during Severe Weather Awareness Week, regional National Weather Service offices hold a poster contest for students in grades 1 through 6. The purpose of the contest is to educate students and the public about the actions they can take to protect themselves and others before, during, and after severe weather occurs.
The winners were announced at the Ohio State Fair on August 8, 2015, and three regional winners were chosen from Cuyahoga County!
We would like to congratulate all of the winners statewide, and highlight the three local winners from Cuyahoga County:
- Kayleigh, a 4th grader at St. Brendan School in North Olmsted
- Xiomara, a 5th grader at St. Mark Catholic School in Cleveland
- Giana, a 6th grader also at St. Brendan School in North Olmsted
Each regional winner receives a certificate from the National Weather Service and sling backpacks full of prizes from the offices and their partners that make up the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness.
To view the all of the winning posters, click here
OEM Staffs Cleveland EOC for Brelo Verdict
On Memorial Day weekend the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) provided staffing assistance and other support to the City of Cleveland following the announcement of the verdict in the Patrol Officer Michael Brelo trial.
OEM personnel were on scene at the Cleveland Emergency Operations Center several hours before the verdict was announced on May 30 and remained through final EOC stand-down on June 1. During that time protest activity remained mostly peaceful and no large-scale disorder occurred.
OEM personnel assisted Cleveland safety officials by coordinating the activities of regional and state agencies. Participating state agencies included the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, the Ohio National Guard, and the Ohio Highway Patrol.
Several ESF primary agencies also provided representatives at the EOC, including the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department, the Cuyahoga County Fire Chief’s Association, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, the Cuyahoga Emergency Communications System (CECOMS), the Cuyahoga County Department of Communications, and the Cleveland Department of Public Health. In addition, the Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the American Red Cross participated in planning but did not send staff members to the EOC. The Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority – an ESF support agency – also provided staff support at the EOC.
Throughout the operational period OEM personnel maintained incident logs on Knowledge Center and WebEOC and ensured that Ohio EMA and Ohio DPS officials were notified of significant events.