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Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management
9300 Quincy Ave, Floor 2
Cleveland, OH 44106
Business Hours: 216-443-5700
24/7 Line: 216-771-1363



 ReadyEx is a comprehensive Tabletop Exercise (TTX) Program, developed by CCOEM, to strengthen the emergency preparedness and resilience of groups within Cuyahoga County. The program is designed for multiple target audiences including Schools, Healthcare Providers, Local Governments, and Chemical Facilities. ReadyEx provides all the materials necessary to plan and conduct a Tabletop Exercise. With ready-to-use templates and user guides, an agency can use ReadyEx to complete the exercise process entirely on their own or with support from our staff as needed. The program tests aspects of each audience's emergency plan by utilizing various hazard scenarios including Active Aggressor, Hazardous Material Incident, and Extreme Weather. A blank template is also available to create your own scenario.

ReadyEx for Schools is compliant with the Safer Schools initiative (See below) and Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3301-5-01 Requirements for the Emergency Management Plan and Test.

ReadyEx for Healthcare Providers is compliant with the CMS Preparedness Rule, 42 CFR Chapter IV. The materials are designed for facility-based providers. However, they can be modified to support home-health Tabletop Exercises (TTXs) as needed.

ReadyEx for Chemical Facilities is compliant 
with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Risk-Based Performance Standards as defined in 6 CFR §27.230 for CFATS facilities.

If you would like to receive more information about ReadyEx, please contact our office at or 216-443-5700. Thank you for making Emergency Preparedness a priority!

Emergency Planning for Schools 
Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Sections 3313.536 (School Emergency Management Plans) and 3301-5-01 (Requirements for the Emergency Management Plan and Test), all Ohio schools are required to maintain and exercise their Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has provided templates and guidance for all schools to meet these requirements. This information can be found on the Safer Schools website at:

If your school(s) is within the boundaries of Cuyahoga County, our office, Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management (CCOEM), is required to review your school plan(s) at least once every three years, and provide signature. In addition to reviewing your school EOP, we can assist with exercise development, and participate in exercises upon request when availability permits.

Emergency Planning for Healthcare Organizations, Nursing Homes, and Assisted Living Facilities
Effective November 16, 2016, the Federal Register published 81 FR 63859, Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. There are 17 facility provider and supplier types impacted by this rule.

For a complete list of affected facilities and a listing of supplemental documentation & resources, please visit:

Our office is happy to help healthcare organizations of all types with their emergency preparedness planning. CCOEM can assist with items such as:

  • CMS regulations and guidance interpretation;
  • Helping to find specific resources and templates for emergency planning;
  • Reviewing your emergency plan(s); and
  • Connecting your agency or organization with local partners and coalitions that may be able to assist with exercises, plan development, stakeholder engagement, etc.

Continuity of Operations Planning and Exercising

CCOEM is proud to provide Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) development support, exercise design & facilitation, and plan review. Our COOP staff are currently trained to a minimum of FEMA Professional Continuity Practitioner, Level 1. We have helped governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to develop and test sustainable COOP’s to ensure that they can successfully continue their mission essential functions (MEFs) during disaster response and well into the recovery phase until returning to “normal operations.”

**If your agency would like assistance or support with any of the above-mentioned services, please e-mail us at, and we will respond to your request(s) in a timely manner.