Ohio Emergency Management awards $4.8 million in grants to county agencies

Ohio Emergency Management recently awarded $4.8 million in homeland security grants to 15 county emergency agencies across the state to support homeland security programs.

"The program dollars are designed to enhance the capacity of state and local jurisdictions to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from incidents," Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born said. "Ohio is committed to providing the support and guidance necessary to keep our counties and communities safe."

The grant program works to support the counties' needs in prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. County agencies will use the money to support needs in those areas, as identified by OEM.

The State Homeland Security Program supports the integration of risk-driven, capabilities-based strategies to assess and address targets and goals in Urban Area, State, and regional Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments.

A State Preparedness Report assesses capability levels, and informs planning, organization, equipment, training and emergency exercise needs. The SPR identifies areas that need improvement in order to prevent, mitigate and respond to acts of terrorism and catastrophic events.

Ohio's portion of the fiscal year 2013 HSGP is made of the State Homeland Security Program, the Law Enforcement State Homeland Security Program and Operation Stonegarden.