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Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management Recognizes April as 9-1-1 Awareness Month

CLEVELAND – April is 9-1-1 Awareness Month, and Cuyahoga Emergency Communications System (CECOMS) and the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management (CCOEM) encourages residents to review the information below on proper use of the emergency 9-1-1:
  • In an emergency: Call 911 to report a crime in progress, a fire, a serious illness or injury or any situation requiring immediate response of the police, fire or ambulance services.
  • In a non-emergency: Call 911 when you have a less threatening situation which requires a non-immediate response from police, fire or ambulance such as noise/parking/traffic complaints.
  • Speak slowly and clearly.
  • The Call Taker will ask many questions including:
    • The address where help is needed
    • The nature of the problem
    • Your name
    • Your phone number
  • DO NOT HANG UP - Stay on the phone and answer all of the questions. Do not hang up until told to do so. Help is on the way as you are speaking.
  • To prevent miss-dialing of 911:
    • Disable emergency buttons.
    • Lock your keypad.
    • Do not give old phones to children as toys. A wireless phone with no active service can still call 9-1-1.
    • If you accidentally call 9-1-1, stay on the line and tell the call taker that you do not have an emergency.

For additional information, contact the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management at 216-443-5700 or visit our website at

Thursday, April 2, 11:00 AM

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish along with Broadview Heights Mayor Samuel J. Alai and Cuyahoga County Councilman Michael J. Gallagher will host the ceremonial community groundbreaking for the new Cuyahoga County Emergency Operations Center.

The Cuyahoga County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be a new, state-of-the-art facility that will make it easier for multi-agency coordination and response. The EOC will include a robust communications center, allowing the County to extend its dispatch capabilities, as well as a large training center and a Special Operations Garage to house multi-jurisdictional public safety equipment and vehicles. Construction is expected to be completed in 2016.

WHAT: Community Groundbreaking of New Emergency Operations Center
WHO: Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish
Broadview Heights Mayor Samuel J. Alai
Cuyahoga County Councilman Michael J. Gallagher
Cuyahoga County Chief Community Safety and Protection Officer Frank Bova
Director of Public Safety George Taylor
Brandsetter Carroll Vice President Bruce Whitehead
Shook Construction Co. Project Manager Keri Ash
Public Safety Partner Agencies, City Officials, and other Community Leaders
Thursday April 2, 2015
11:00 a.m. – Ceremonial Community Groundbreaking
9543 Broadview Road
Broadview Heights, Ohio 44147

National 911 Awareness Month: April 2015

April is 9-1-1 Awareness Month, and Cuyahoga Emergency Communications System and the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management encourages residents to review the proper use of the emergency 9-1-1.

2015 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award Now Accepting Applications

The 2015 Individual and Community Preparedness Award sponsored by the The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are now accepting applications. The awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements by recognizing individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward making their communities safer, stronger, better prepared, and more resilient.

These awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the work an individual or organization has done to build a more resilient nation. More information about the awards is available at

To be considered for this year’s awards, all submissions must be received by April 10, 2015, at 11:59 P.M. EST and must feature program activities taking place between January 1, 2014, and April 10, 2015. Applications should be submitted to


The Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service Cleveland Office will hold the 2015- SKYWARN Training on April 13, 2015 at the Mayfield Village Civic Center.  The 2-hour SKYWARN Training is FREE and open to the public. The SKYWARN training provides training for members of Fire and Police Departments, Citizen Corp, Emergency Management Officials, Amateur Radio Operators and weather-interested Citizens on weather spotting techniques. When completed, you will be enrolled in the SKYWARN program. Please refer to the flyer HERE for additional information.


The mission of the Office of Emergency Management is to protect lives, property and the economy of Cuyahoga County through preparedness, planning, and effective response to natural disasters, man-made catastrophes, and emergencies.

To accomplish our mission we work closely with county departments, municipal public safety forces, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and the public.

The Office of Emergency Management is organized into four primary branches: Operations, Plans, Training & Outreach, and Public Safety Grants. The Office of Emergency Management also includes the Cuyahoga Emergency Communications System (CECOMS).

 For information about the Office of Emergency Management, contact us at: 216-443-5700 or by e-mail at

If you are an Emergency Coordinator, Police or Fire Chief, and need to contact the Office of Emergency Management after business hours, call CECOMS at 216-771-1363.


The Ready Cuyahoga website, is a site created by the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management to help you prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters. On this site, you can find information for the public, businesses, and first responders. Specifically, the site can help you Build a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed, and Get Involved with emergency preparedness. Also found on the site is our certification program requirements for communities in Cuyahoga County to become Ready Certified.
  Ready Notify is the County's mass notification system. Please click on this button to register for Countywide emergency alerts, County updates, or other available alerts. Once you subscribe to your alerting preferences, Cuyahoga County will send notifications to the devices you select for receipt of alerts.


Our Staff

Walter S. Topp, Administrator  216-443-5904 
Brandy Carney, Deputy Administrator / CECOMS Manager 216-443-5691 
Mark T. Christie Jr., Plans Chief  216-443-5683 
Ron James, Operations Manager 216-443-3197
Justin Bechtel, Training & Outreach Manager 216-443-3765
Pete Greene, Communications Planner 216-698-2492
Jeff Harraman, Planner 216-698-6478
Bryan Kloss, Planner 216-348-3853
Brenda Phifer, Environmental Specialist  216-348-4220 
John O’Donnell, Planner  216-698-2357 
Serena Steele, Training & Outreach Specialist 216-348-4392 
Larissa Paschyn, Training & Outreach Specialist 216-443-5894
Kelly Kavanaugh, Secretary  216-443-5684