The Ohio Department of Public Safety has awarded a $294,139 homeland-security grant to the Columbiana County Emergency Management Agency.
The funds awarded will enhance the capacity of state and local jurisdictions to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from incidents, according to county EMA officials.
The state Homeland Security program supports the implementation of state homeland-security strategies to address the identified planning, organization, equipment, training and exercise needs to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.
The county will use the grant funds for a regional communications trailer, regional mobile generator and regional Haz-Mat team operations.
There will be a grant presentation and demonstration of the EMA communication trailer at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Columbiana County EMA, 215 S. Market St.
Nancy Dragani, executive director of the Ohio EMA, Luke Newbold, director of the county EMA, and county commissioners Mike Halleck, Jim Hoppel and Tim Weigle will be present.
The county EMA has used social media as a resource for preparedness. The organization can be found on twitter at www.twitter.com/COLCTY215 and on Facebook at the Columbiana County EMA page.
On www.nixle.com, participants can sign up for personal weather alerts, emergency watch, advisories and warnings and road closings. Other resources can be found at the organization’s website, www.ccoema.org.