emergency Management

200 South Hamilton, Gahanna, OH 43230 | (614) 342-4452
Hours of Operation: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM M-F

About Emergency Management

The City of Gahanna Emergency Management Agency, directed by James R. Williams, is responsible for planning and coordinating responses to emergencies and disaster events in Gahanna. The Agency works with the Police and Fire Departments, the Mayor, and, if necessary, Federal, State and County emergency agencies to implement plans for recovery from disasters such as chemical spills, major fires and tornadoes. Response plans include coordination with the City Engineering department for safe and efficient use of traffic signals during emergencies and assisting the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools in developing the safety plans which are in place at all Gahanna-Jefferson schools.

Seasonal Safety

Winter Storms
While winters in Central Ohio are usually relatively mild, winter storms do occasionally occur. It is important that precautions are taken to protect you and your family during these times. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has advice on how to prepare for winter storms.   Learn More

Summer Heat
Summer heat can be extremely dangerous and lethal. Tips on what to do when the mercury rises too high can be found on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) website.   Learn More

Tornado Season
Tornado season runs primarily from March to May in Ohio, but may extend as late as August. To help warn Gahanna residents of tornado warnings, Emergency Management maintains six sirens within the city. These sirens are tested every Wednesday at noon to ensure they are operating properly. If you hear a siren or the National Weather Service declares a tornado warning for the area, seek shelter immediately. If possible, seek a room, preferably one without windows, near the middle of the building on the ground floor. If such a room is not available, try to cover yourself with mattresses, cushions, heavy blankets, etc. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has advice on how to prepare for a tornado.  Learn More

Additional Hazards
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has much more on hazards and how to deal with them. You can find out more by clicking here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do in an emergency?
In case of a fire, leave the building immediately and get to a safe location, then call 9-1-1.

If it is a life threatening medical emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately.

For weather emergencies, tune into a local radio or TV station for updates from the Emergency Broadcast System. Additionally, you can purchase specialized radios that automatically tune into the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio for continuous updates from a local National Weather Service office.  Learn More

What items are recommended for a home safety kit?
FEMA has a comprehensive listing of recommended items for a home safety kit available by clicking here

Click here to download a FREE copy of the Ohio Family Disaster Preparedness Guide.

 Department Staff
James Williams, MGen, USA (ret.)

Statewide Tornado Drill to Take Place March 6th at 9:50 a.m.

Statewide Tornado Drill to Take Place March 6th at 9:50 a.m.

As part of Ohio's Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 1 -7, the City pf Gahanna will participate in a Statewide Tornado Drill on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 9:50 a.m.  The sirens will be activated one time for three minutes -- a longer tone than in the regular Wednesday noon tests.  The test tone will be the same "tornado warning" tone which will be used in an actual tornado warning.

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Influenza Preparedness

Influenza Preparedness

The increase in influenza cases in Franklin County has given the City of Gahanna another concern for the health, safety and welfare of its residents.

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Are You Prepared to Leave Your Home During Periods of Emergency?

Are You Prepared to Leave Your Home During Periods of Emergency?

During an emergency, you need to be prepared to take essential records with you for “legal survivability”.

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