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Welcome to the Medina County Emergency Management Agency
Medina County EMA is a local government agency that provides support and coordination assistance to first responders for county-wide emergency/disaster planning, education, warning, response and recovery activities. Medina County EMA's mission follows FEMA's mission to "support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards."
Established under Chapter 5502 of the Ohio Revised Code, the Medina County Emergency Management Agency is the point of coordination in Medina County for response and recovery to disasters. The Medina County Emergency Management Agency was established in 1990. Prior to 1990 you may have known us as "Civil Defense".
The primary focus of our agency when not in a response or recovery mode is to ensure that Medina County, and the more than 170,000 citizens residing in it, are prepared to respond and react to an emergency or disaster and to lead mitigation efforts against the potential of future disasters. We do this through making ourselves available at community events for any questions and concerns individuals may have about emergencies or disasters. We stay actively involved with all other agencies and departments, giving presentations about who we are and how we can help when called upon. The agency has hosted and attended many trainings and events held throughout the county, within Ohio, and out of state.
All communities regardless of location are vulnerable to a variety of hazards. Emergency Management provides a structure for anticipating and dealing with emergency incidents. Emergency Management system involves participants from all levels of government and from the private sector. Activities are geared according to phases before, during, and after emergency events. The most common emergency events in Medina County include flooding, winter storms, severe storms (to include hail and tornadoes), and drought.
The effectiveness of Emergency Management rests on a network of relationships among their partners in the system.
The 5 preparedness mission areas of Emergency Management are: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery
We are constantly updating and improving our All Hazards and Flood Mitigation Plan (see downloads for the new 2011 plan). The Mitigation Plan has been adopted by all 27 jurisdictions within Medina County to include our Medina County Commissioners. This plan allows Medina County, and the cities, villages and townships to apply for "Mitigation Funding" for special projects should a Presidential Declared Disaster occur. This funding is a percentage of the total declared disaster dollars and aids in the prevention of future losses.
In addition to the Mitigation Plan, we update, evaluate, and improve several other plans to include the: Emergency Operations Plan, Hazardous Materials and Terrorism Plans, Mass Casualty Incident Plan, Debris and Donations Management Plans, and the Continuity of Operations Plan. All of which serve specific purposes for specific incidents, but any one of them could be used in multiple situations.
We manage the State Homeland Security Grants that have been active since the tragic events of 9/11. These grants have (and continue to) purchase much needed equipment for our first responders so they can be better prepared for any emergency that may arise, not only in Medina County, but our neighboring counties as well.
Thank you for your interest and continued support
See Contact Us.
Medina County Emergency Management Agency
555 Independence Drive
Medina Ohio 44256
330.722.9240 office 330.764.8455 fax
Last updated: March 2014