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Columbiana County EMA gets homeland security grant

Published: Sun, January 5, 2014 @ 12:03 a.m.

Staff report


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.


1grazor50(104 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Well $294,000 ought to cover it, of course as soon as something catastrophic occurs, FEMA will step in with another agency and taxpayer money. As in places like Boardman, we are protected by FBI, State Highway patrol, Mahoning County Sheriffs, Boardman police and overlapping communities law enforcement, and still the leaders say that we need more. The state just invoked an increase in sales tax for more money, but give grants away like it is a desperate need, as in all forms of government,, they must spend it, to claim they need more,, NEVER ENDS!

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2jwhitehawke(111 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

What KIND of equipment, training? Respond to what KIND of 'incidents? Who will be working under ccoema? CC safety forces or others?
This is just another step forward to prepare for martial law as allowed and active under the Patriot Act. Next step: EPA mandates and takes control of open land. HUD will begin their 'compact housing' in inner cities. The zoning boards will be taken over by regional Agenda 21 operatives, like VIBRANT NEO 2040. Commissioners will jump at the money to do all this, but the taxpayers won't see a dime difference in taxes, (downward).
The Youngstown mayor is heavily involved in Agenda 21, (VIBRANT NEO 2040). I would believe Youngstown is next on people control and 'Open Land' takeover.
Say goodbye to liberty and property America.

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3southsidedave(5199 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

$294,139 is a large amount of money - hopefully it is allocated for its intended use.

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4jwhitehawke(111 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

A lot of police departments are being gifted with federal funds with strings attached. That money is flowing out to municipal police departments faster than it can be counted. They are using this money to buy armored vehicles and military equipment. DHS is turning the police into soldiers.... The DHS private army.

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