Disaster Preparedness and Assistance

Disaster Preparedness and Assistance

Emergency Preparedness is more than just a good idea. This document provides information on steps to take to prepare, what to include in your emergency kit, and helpful information on evacuation, sheltering at home, and more. 

COAAA has created a form that collects important information about you that can be posted on the refrigerator and found by first responders in the case of emergency.


American Red Cross

The American Red Cross helps people prepare for and recover from a disaster such as house fire, flood, tornado, and more. The organization provides presentations that focus on three steps to preparedness: get a kit, make a plan and be informed.

The eight counties in COAAA’s region are served by the Ohio Buckeye Region of the American Red Cross. The Central Ohio chapter serves Delaware, Franklin, and Madison Counties. The East and South Central Ohio chapter serves Fairfield, Fayette, Licking, and Pickaway Counties. The North Central Ohio chapter serves Union County. Their 24-hour disaster hotline is 614-251-1443.

American Red Cross of Central Ohio
995 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 253-2740

American Red Cross of East and South Central Ohio
143 S. 30th Street, Newark, OH 43058
(740) 349-9442

American Red Cross of North Central Ohio
125 Fair Street, Findlay, OH 45840
(419) 422-9322

Columbus Public Health

The City of Columbus’ Department of Public Health has Ready in 3, free emergency preparedness resources, online including Planning for Emergencies booklet, Family Communications Card, and Shelter in Place Card.


Ohio Emergency Management Agency

The primary mission of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is to coordinate activities to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. Ohio EMA works closely with local, state and federal agencies to bring recovery and support resources to Ohioans impacted by the disaster. In addition to disaster response and recovery, Ohio EMA agency activities include education, training, planning and preparedness to strengthen Ohio's first responder capabilities and improving communication across the state.

Visit https://ema.ohio.gov/ to find Are You Ready, Ohio?, a list to help you get started on emergency preparedness.

Ohio Emergency Management Agency
2855 West Dublin-Granville Road
Columbus, Ohio 43235-2206
(614)-889-7150 (24-hour contact) 


Ready to get help? Call COAAA at (800) 589-7277.