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National Weather Service Cleveland Cold Weather & Wind Chill: February 19th - 20th

The National Weather Service is forecasting extreme cold temperatures and severe wind chill for Cuyahoga County.  Please reference CCOEM’s Extreme Cold Fact Sheet, Blizzard Fact Sheet and Winter Storms Fact Sheet for severe winter weather preparedness and safety tips.

March 2015 Statewide Tornado Drill and National Spring Severe Weather Week

In recognition of National Severe Weather Week (March 1 - March 7), the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management is providing information on the March 4th Statewide Tornado Drill.

While tornadoes can occur at any time, late spring and summer are the prime tornado season in Ohio. To remind and prepare residents for the danger of tornadoes, the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management is encouraging all communities to participate in the Statewide Tornado Drill at 9:50 am on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. On March 4th, communities across the state of Ohio will test their tornado warning siren systems. In addition, an Emergency Alert System (EAS) warning message will be broadcast. We encourage all communities with sirens to participate in this annual event by conducting their own tornado drills and reviewing their emergency plans. More information can be found here

In addition, during Severe Weather Week we are asking public safety agencies, schools, and community organizations to remind their residents that spring brings the possibility of floodingsevere thunderstormstornadoes, and associated hazards such as hail, high winds, and lighting strikes.


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.

Youth Preparedness Council

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced it is seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council. Youth leaders who are dedicated to public service, who are making a difference in their communities, and who want to expand their impact as national advocates for youth disaster preparedness are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be 13 to 17 years old. They must also be engaged in individual and community preparedness or have experienced a disaster that motivated them to make a positive difference in their community.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must submit a completed application form and two letters of recommendation. Completed applications and all supporting materials must be received by March 2, 2015, 11:59 p.m. EST. For more information about completing and submitting the application, please visit: 

Regional Forensic Science Laboratory to Offer No Charge Testing for Cuyahoga Law and Justice Agencies in 2015

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas P. Gilson today announced the Cuyahoga County Regional Forensic Science Laboratory (CCRFSL) will offer crime lab services to most law enforcement and justice agencies in Cuyahoga County, at no cost to those agencies, starting in 2015. Read more...


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
William Belardo, Hazardous Materials Coordinator 216-443-5472 
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