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Department Head

Andrew R. Frost III, Director of Emergency Management Agency

Robin R. Lees, Deputy Director of Emergency Management Agency 



  1. There are no alerts at this time.

Due to increased potential for severe weather in the state and in conjunction with our partners within the National Weather Service, the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (OCSWA) is canceling the outdoor warning siren activation in conjunction with the state-wide tornado drill scheduled for 9:50AM on March 23.  As the Storm Prediction Center has upgraded the convective outlook to “slight” for a large portion of Ohio, we feel it is in our best interest to avoid undo confusion and reaction by sounding the sirens.  OCSWA continues to reinforce that Severe Weather Awareness Week is an opportunity for Ohio to increase understanding of Ohio’s severe weather threats and most importantly, to practice your tornado safety plans and drills.

Thank you for your continued partnership in bringing awareness to Ohioans and your vigilance in regards to Ohio’s severe weather risks.


COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number

Applications begin on April 12, 2021
844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time

To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions:

  • The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
  • The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
  • There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.
EMA Dir Dennis OHara and Regional Red Cross Dir Karen Conklin