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A tornado, a flood, hurricane, earthquake, fire, hazardous spill, an act of nature, biological, neurological or chemical act of terrorism. DISASTERS…….They strike anytime of the day or night anywhere! They may build over days or weeks or hit suddenly leaving Americans in the face of its ramifications and terrifying consequences! A community MUST be prepared to face these challenges and here in Licking County we are.
The Licking County Emergency Management Agency was established in 1988. It is an offshoot of the Civil Defense Program of the 1950's which later turned into Disaster Services. The Ohio Revised Code, Sections 5502.21 through 5502.99, forms the legal basis for the Emergency Management Agency. The Ohio Emergency Management Agency (OEMA) oversees Licking County EMA as well as the other 87 counties' EMA's. Under the guidelines and jurisdiction of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Ohio EMA gives Licking County the support and information it needs to take care of its population when disaster strikes.
Licking County Emergency Management is located at 155 East Main Street, Newark, Ohio in the basement of the Licking County Justice Center. The normal hours of operation are 8 A.M. to 5 P.M., Monday through Friday. The EMA Director and Deputy Director can be reached 24 hours a day, in case of an emergency by pager, cell phone or two way radio. "E-mail" and FAX are two more means of communicating with the EMA office.
Adjacent to the Emergency Management Office is the Emergency Operations' Center. (EOC). This is the site from which government officials exercise direction and control during emergencies. The room is in a controlled environment with walls constructed of steel and concrete of 14 inches of thickness to withstand a bomb explosion and most disasters. It is equipped with a kitchen to prepare meals, shower facilities and bunks for sleeping if the disaster last for any length of time and it is unsafe or impossible for participants to leave.
The Licking County Emergency Management Team consists of a Director and two Deputy Directors. In addition, there are approximately 12 EMA Volunteers and approximately 35 Dive Rescue Volunteers that play extremely important roles in the face of disaster. Emergency Management is always looking for individuals knowledgeable in these areas and interested in becoming volunteers.
The primary goals of Emergency Management are to save lives and protect property by developing and putting into practice appropriate operational capabilities.
The Emergency Operations' Plan (in the process of being rewritten at the present time) is the county's Bible when faced with an emergency/disaster. Fire, rescue, health, medical, law enforcement, HAZ MAT experts all have input into the plan. Every facet of Emergency Management and how it is to be handled by the individual agencies is detailed in the plan. A copy of the plan is available in the Licking County Emergency Management Office. It can be reviewed by any individual choosing to by calling the Emergency Management Office during normal business hours to set up an appointment to do so.
Just how does this all work? Primarily through the "Four Phases of Emergency Management: MITIGATION, PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE AND RECOVERY.
  1. MITIGATION: is any action taken to eliminate or reduce the degree of long-term risk to human life and property (including family pets) from any type of hazards. Some examples of mitigation are: building codes, public education, risk-area mapping, disaster insurance, tax incentives and statutes/ordinances/codes.
  2. PREPAREDNESS: is any activity taken IN ADVANCE of an emergency that facilitates the implementation of a coordinated response. Some examples of preparedness are: hazard identification, emergency exercises, emergency operations' plans, emergency operations' centers, emergency broadcast systems sirens and continuity of government.
  3. RESPONSE: is ANY action taken immediately before, during or directly after an emergency occurs, which saves lives, minimizes damage to property and enhances the effectiveness of recovery. Some examples of response are: activation of the Emergency Operations' Center (EOC), evacuation, emergency medical assistance, law enforcement response, emergency sheltering, fire and rescue response, and protective action announcements.
  4. RECOVERY: is a short-term activity to return vital life-support systems to minimum operating standards and long term activity designed to return society to safe and normal levels of activity. Some examples of recovery are: damage assessment, decontamination, disaster assistance, reconstruction, debris clearance, counseling, and temporary housing.
Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery fall within recognized times. Mitigation and Preparedness activities take place in the pre-emergency period. Response activities occur during the emergency and Recovery occurs in the post emergency period.
There are many agencies, public officials, law enforcement, the media, amateur radio operators, volunteer organizations and private citizens that are an integral part of each facet of Emergency Management. The list is too numerous to mention but without these individuals, Emergency Management could not function.
The people of Licking County are our greatest assets. We must work to prevent danger, when at all possible and to protect our assets when danger is imminent. Working together we can continue to keep Licking County safe and be prepared for any emergency that might arise.
The Emergency Management Agency is also responsible for the Local Emergency Planning Committee (L.E.P.C.) and the 911 Operations' Center. Even though the three organizations work hand in hand, they assume different responsibilities and should be addressed as such.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT... We are here for YOU!!! Call us when you need us.
Contact Info
155 E. Main St.
Newark, Ohio 43055
Office: (740) 670-5577
Fax: (740) 670-5582
Sean Grady MS, MSEM Director
John Wieber, Deputy Director EMA
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