Emergency Preparedness

We encourage you to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in your home, business and communities. Here are important resources to help you and your family better prepare in case of an emergency or disaster.

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Winter is Coming… Are You Ready

Winter Safety Awareness Week is Nov. 12 through Nov. 18

In a coordinated effort, Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (OCSWA) recognize November 12-18, 2023 as Winter Safety Awareness Week.

“Understanding weather threats that may impact Ohio will put residents at an advantage to be better prepared,” said Governor DeWine. “Winter Safety Awareness Week is a great opportunity for citizens, schools, and businesses to prepare in advance for the potential harsh effects of winter weather.”

Winter can be a fun and exciting time of the year to go sledding, skiing, and ice skating, but  winter can also bring snow, ice, blizzard conditions, freezing rain, and flooding (from heavy rain or snow melt); it’s not unheard of to have severe thunderstorms, or even tornadoes occur in the winter months. As winter approaches, residents are encouraged to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year, but also to be prepared for the harsher side of the season. Below are some tips to help you prepare for the not so pleasant side of winter. Knowing the potential impacts of these hazards will help you be better prepared. 

Preparing for winter weather can be as easy as 1-2-3

  1. Make an emergency plan. Plans should include each member of your household, including pets. If you have a multi-generational home, please plan for the needs of babies, children, and grandparents. Please also keep in mind household members with different abilities that may require special assistance or use of medical or mobility equipment.
  2. Build an emergency kit. Have an emergency preparedness “go-kit” ready in case you need to leave the house quickly! Using your plan as a guide, you can have the appropriate items ready to go at a moment’s notice. Make a kit for each of your vehicles in the event you are stranded and need supplies to keep safe until help arrives.
  3. Practice your plan! Gather your household together so everyone understands the plan and their role in the process.

Prepare your home

  • Winterize your home.
  • Make a household plan and build an emergency kit.
  • Have your furnace system and fireplace inspected by a qualified technician.
  • Check the batteries in your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
  • When using alternate heat and power sources (like generators), read the manufacturer’s directions first.

Prepare your vehicles

  • Winterize your vehicles. Check the tires and fluids.
  • Keep your gas tank full.
  • Keep an emergency kit in each vehicle.
  • Equip your car with an emergency kit that includes first-aid kit, blankets, flashlight, extra batteries, water, snacks, cell phone charger, and emergency flares.
  • Give snow plow crews plenty of room to work. They travel slower than most other vehicles on the roadway as they clear snow and treat roadways.
  • Allow extra travel time to reach your destination. This helps avoid driving too fast for the conditions.

Prepare your family

  • Check the weather forecast before engaging in outdoor activities.
  • Dress in layers of light and warm clothing. Keep your feet, hands, and head well covered.
  • Avoid overexertion when engaging in outdoor tasks, such as shoveling snow. Take breaks when you feel tired or strained.
  • If you have pets, bring them indoors. If you cannot bring them inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure they have access to water.
  • Sprinkle cat litter or sand on icy patches.
  • Be prepared for an emergency.
  • Keep enough medication on hand to last several days.
  • Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Check on your neighbors that may need assistance.

To view the Governor’s Proclamation, please visit: www.weathersafety.ohio.gov.

Double the Awareness in Emergencies

What to Download to Prepare

To enhance citizen awareness during emergencies, Dublin residents are encouraged to sign up for the ALERT Franklin County mass notification and warning system and Dublin’s Smart911 community notification system.

Dublin’s newest emergency communications tool, Smart911, provides localized alerts specific to Dublin. Smart911 enables residents to sign up for severe weather alerts that are automated and sent to registrants immediately after the National Weather Service issues a severe weather warning for the Dublin area. Residents can also opt-in to receive Dublin community announcements.

ALERT Franklin County enables officials to provide critical information directly to residents countywide via text message, phone and e-mail as emergencies happen. Individuals and businesses whose information is listed in the white and yellow pages are already included in the ALERT Franklin County system and will receive emergency notifications through landlines only.

Both systems are customizable so residents can choose what kind of community notifications they want to receive and how they would like to receive them.

Emergency Management Agencies

Live in Delaware or Union counties? Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEMHS) serves the entire City of Dublin.

American Red Cross

The Red Cross can help you prepare your family, your pets and your home for common emergencies and natural disasters. Get tips for preparedness steps you can take today, what to do in an emergency, and how to repair and rebuild afterward. Find the full list of 23 different emergencies.

Seasonal Safety Reminders

Residents are encouraged to be prepared for all types of severe weather by following these important safety procedures:

  • Know the Risk — Learn and understand the different types of weather hazards facing Franklin County.  Find the top hazards.
  • Know the Weather Terms — Know the difference between a watch and a warning. A tornado watch is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of a tornado in and close to the area. A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been detected by radar or sighted by storm spotters.
  • Have a Plan — Develop and practice an emergency plan with your family and include your pets. Know how you will communicate and have a designated safe meeting place. 
  • Build a Kit — Build an emergency supply kit.  Be sure to include enough food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity for each member of your household to last for at least 72 hours.

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