2016 Update to the Cuyahoga County Hazard Mitigation Plan: Request for Public Input
Did you know Cuyahoga County maintains a Mitigation Plan to identify and assess the hazards facing the county? And, that this plan serves as the foundation for the county to develop strategies and priorities to mitigate risk from hazards?
Public input is valuable to the Hazard Mitigation planning process. As our County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan is reviewed and updated this year, the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management would like to solicit public participation in this process.
Click here to access the current version of the Cuyahoga County Mitigation Plan.
As the planning process commences, the Plan will be available on our website for public review. During this period, the public is encouraged to provide comments and ask questions about the Plan.
Please direct any input or inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once the Plan is updated, the new version will be posted on our website. When this occurs, the public will have the opportunity to review the Plan once again.
Thank you in advance for your participation in this important endeavor.
Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) Completed
The Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management (CCOEM) has become the first county Emergency Management Agency (EMA) in Ohio, and the 26th local EMA in the nation, to achieve accreditation by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP)
“Accreditation demonstrates that Cuyahoga County continues to make public safety a priority," said George Taylor, Cuyahoga County Director of Public Safety and Justice Services. "The Office of Emergency Management has devoted significant time and energy to ensuring that public safety agencies throughout the county are prepared for disaster or emergency. We are proud to be the first county-level emergency management agency in Ohio to be accredited."
The two-year process required CCOEM to comply fully with 64 separate performance standards that cover all aspects of emergency management including planning, training, communications, operations, and administration. The capstone of the process was a week-long assessment visit by a team of EMAP assessors who painstakingly evaluated all aspects of the county's emergency management program.
“Having gone through the EMAP accreditation process here at Ohio EMA, we recognize the significant effort it takes, as well as the tremendous benefits of going through this process," said Sima Merick, Executive Director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. This is a fantastic accomplishment and a testament to the work Cuyahoga County’s emergency managers do each and every day.
Barb Graff, Director of the Seattle Office of Emergency Management and Chair of the EMAP Commission, added that accreditation demonstrates a community's "commitment and desire to prove to their communities that their safety is the priority."
Accreditation is valid for five years. CCOEM must maintain compliance with EMAP standards and be reassessed in 2020 to maintain accredited status.
CCOEM staff with County Executive Armond Budish