We are a network of volunteer organizations in Clermont County Ohio that use the abilities of citizens to prepare for natural and man made disasters along with the threats of terrorism.
Our mission is to offer resources to coordinate, educate and train our members to better prepare and respond to disasters and to make safer, stronger, and disaster resistant communities.
Events and Announcements
2014 Weather Spotter Training
Meteorologists from the National Weather Service will provide severe weather awareness training. Storm spotters play an important role in identifying and relaying storm related information to the County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), local public safety officials, and the National Weather Service.
- How to safely observe storms
- How to identify important features of storms
- Visual clues that may precede tornado development
- How to make accurate and timely reports
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
U.S. Grant Joint Vocational School
718 West Plane Street
Bethel, Ohio 45106
To Register: Call 513.732.7661 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter Weather Preparedness
Winter is here and with that comes the potential for snow, freezing rain, ice, and dangerously low temperatures. Winter storms have the potential to cause extended power outages, communication failures, and dangerous road conditions. Residents can take some simple steps to get prepared for winter weather:
- Develop a Family Emergency Plan. Before an emergency happens, develop a plan for how your family will respond, communicate, and reconnect. Your family may not be together when the storm strikes, so it is important to know how to contact one another and have designated meeting locations.
- Build a disaster supply kit for your home and your vehicle to include: adequate clothing, blankets, non-perishable food, water, first aid kit, flashlight with batteries, shovel, rock salt and/or sand, and battery-powered or hand-crank radio.
- Winterize your home. Insulate walls and attics, weather strip doors and windows, and install storm windows or cover windows with plastic to lower your heating costs. Clear rain gutters, repair roof leaks and remove tree branches that could damage your home during a storm. Insulate pipes and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing.
- Check your home heating system to ensure it is functioning properly. If you heat with fuel oil, examine the tank for any leaks or damage. To learn more, watch “What Every Home Heating Oil Customer Should Know.”
- Check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure that they have batteries and are operational. Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, and colorless gas created when fuel (such as propane, natural gas, oil, methane, wood, and coal) burn incompletely.
- Check alternate heating, electrical, and cooking sources (fire place, wood stoves, space heaters, generators, grills, camp stoves, etc.) to ensure that they are properly maintained and ventilated. Avoid using generators and other natural gas or charcoal burning equipment inside the home, garage, basement, or partially enclosed space. This equipment should be operated outside away from doors and windows to avoid carbon monoxide. When using a generator, connect the equipment directly to the generator. Avoid connecting a portable generator to your home’s electrical system this can feed electricity back into the power lines, putting yourself and others in danger.
- Winterize your vehicle. Check the following items on your vehicle: antifreeze, battery and ignition systems, brakes, fuel, oil, and air filters, exhaust system, heater and defrost, lights and hazard lights, windshield wipers and windshield wiper fluid, and tires.
If a winter storm occurs, listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news channel for critical information from the National Weather Service and local Emergency Officials. If travel is necessary, notify a friend or relative of your destination, estimated time of arrival, and your primary and alternate travel routes.