The Ashland County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (OHS/EMA) was established in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 5502 to serve as the countywide agency for the purpose of overseeing the planning, response, recovery and mitigation of any and all major disasters/emergencies that occur within the county.
The OHS/EMA was originally known as the Ashland County Civil Defense Office, which was developed in the 1950's. The OHS/EMA eventually became known as Ashland County Disaster Services. Next the office was known as the Ashland County Emergency Management Agency. Finally, the office changed to its current name by resolution of the County Commissioners in June, 2005. It is felt that the new name better reflects the goals and purpose of the office.
The Ashland County OHS/EMA has purchased and maintains two supply trailers. One is the County Haz-Mat trailer, providing different types of pillows, absorbents, suits and other PPE, overpack drums, plugging and diking equipment, metering equipment, and portable radios for use anywhere they are needed in the County. The second trailer, being set up in the summer of 2003, will be a decon equipment trailer. It will contain an inflatable shelter for decon and all the accessory equipment to set up a decon site. Both trailers are stored at the Ashland Fire Department and are available to all County Fire Departments.
In Ashland County, the OHS/EMA also serves as the emergency coordination and coordinator of the Local Emergency Planning Committee and as a result has authority under ORC 3750 which are the state laws dealing with the storage, manufacture and transportation of hazardous materials.
The OHS/EMA has the responsibility for maintaining the county's Emergency Operation Center (EOC) located at the County Justice Center, and for establishing secondary EOCs as needed. The agency is also charged with the establishment and updating of the county's Emergency Operations Plan. This plan is the county's formal outline of emergency response to all types of disasters/emergencies likely to occur here including flood, tornado, winter storms, drought, earthquake, hazardous materials releases, transportation crashes, civil disorder, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and radiological emergencies. The Plan is a continual work-in-progress and we appreciate all of the efforts of our community that help make it a success.
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