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Emergency Preparedness

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Children & Disasters

Provides information and resources about disaster and terrorism preparedness to meet children’s needs. Example resources include readiness kits and checklists, information on how to help children cope in a disaster, and more.
aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Children-and-Disasters

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Healthy Children

The website has information on a wide range of health topics, including safety, fitness, school issues, dating, substance abuse; emotional wellness, including helping children handle stress, psychiatric medications, grief. It also provides information about healthy living, family life, immunizations, developmental stages and more.
healthychildren.org

American Red Cross Ohio Buckeye Region

Offers disaster presentations, First Aid, CPR, AED, Basic Life Support (BLS) for health care professionals, babysitting and child care, swimming and water safety and lifeguarding classes/training to the public. Visit their website for a schedule of classes, pricing and registration information.

Ohio Buckeye Regions:

  • Central Ohio
    995 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 253-2740
  • North Central Ohio
    125 Fair Street, Findlay, Ohio 45840
    (419) 422-9322
  • East & South Central Ohio
    143 South Thirtieth Street, Newark, Ohio 43058
    (740) 349-9442
  • Southeast Ohio
    7650 East Pike, Norwich, Ohio 43767
    (740) 452-2731

redcross.org/local/ohio/buckeye

CDC Emergency Preparedness & Response

Provides information and resources on emergency preparedness to help protect you and your loved ones, as well as resources for emergency health professionals and information recent national incidences. Their website also provides information on how to care for children of various needs in a disaster and how to help them cope after a disaster.
1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30329
(800) 232-4636 or (888) 232-6348 TTY
emergency.cdc.gov
Caring for Children in a Disaster: cdc.gov/childrenindisasters

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Office of Emergency Preparedness

Offers free webinars, informational printouts, and other resources that help the community successfully prevent, prepare for, respond to health emergencies.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7089
columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/Emergency-Preparedness

Disaster Assistance Improvement Program (DAIP)

Provide disaster survivors with information, support, services, and a means to access and apply for disaster assistance through joint data-sharing efforts between federal, tribal, state, local, and private sector partners. Visit the website to find more contact information.
FEMA Disaster Assistance Helpline: (800) 621-3362 (also for 711 & VRS) or (800) 462-7585 TTY
disasterassistance.gov

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

FEMA is responsible for organizing government-wide relief efforts after a disaster. They provide information, resources and toolkits for family and youth on emergency preparedness, planning, response and recovery efforts.
500 C Street Southwest, Washington, DC 20472
For Disaster Survivors: 800-621-3362 (7-1-1 or Video Relay Service Available) or (800) 462-7585 TTY
General: (202) 646-2500
fema.gov
Mobile App: fema.gov/mobile-app
Region V Office: fema.gov/region-v-il-in-mi-mn-oh-wi

Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security (FCEM&HS)

Offers a Citizen Preparedness Program which helps children, seniors and people with functional needs on what to do before, during and after an emergency. You can also receive free emergency notifications to help keep you and your family safe through their emergency alert system.
5300 Strawberry Farms Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43230
(614) 794-0213
fcemhs.org
ALERT Franklin County: alertfranklincounty.org

IMPACT Safety

Teaches personal safety awareness through workshops offered to youth and adults. People learn personal safety skills, how to set boundaries and how to avoid dangerous situations. They also have experience working with people with special needs. Community programs are offered several times per year in various locations. Programs require a fee, but they offer need-based partial scholarships.
1699 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 437-2884
impactsafety.org

Lutheran Social Services (LSS)

Offers services to provide for the basic needs of all people, including shelter, food, health care, case management, veteran services; support for women facing domestic violence and their children, disaster response coordination and disaster preparedness training, transitional job training and more. They reach 29 counties in Ohio. Visit the website for detailed information about each program, location and contact information.
500 West Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 228-5200
24-hour crisis line (Domestic Violence): (614) 224-4663
lssnetworkofhope.org
Pantry Locations: lssnetworkofhope.org/foodpantries/services/pantry-locations
List of LSS Locations: lssnetworkofhope.org/contact-us/locations

Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (OCSWA)

Promotes statewide severe weather safety and preparedness. They also inform residents of weather hazards that typically affect Ohio. They have disaster preparedness kits, weather alert apps and safety resources.
weathersafety.ohio.gov

Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Office of Health Preparedness

Provides information to families to prepare for the possibility of natural disasters, accidents, power outages, intentional acts and other emergencies that disrupt daily life.
odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/public-health-emergency-preparedness

PBS Kids When Something Scary Happens

This website offers resources to help families cope in emergencies and other challenging times. They provide videos that include familiar PBS characters, age-appropriate activities, and resources for parents about preparation, coping and resiliency.
pbskids.org/learn/when-something-scary-happens

Ready

Educates and empowers people to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. They provide information and resources in different languages, covering various topics on preparedness. Also, they offer a special website for kids, and local and national opportunities for youth.
ready.gov
Ready Kids: ready.gov/kids

Ready Ohio

Educates and empowers Ohioans to prepare for and respond to emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters that are likely to occur in Ohio. They offer information and resources on their website.
ready.ohio.gov

Salvation Army

Offers various services for Central Ohio families throughout the year. Their services include: an in-residence rehabilitation program, after school learning centers for youth to get tutoring and homework help, job help, Christmas assistance; free meals and produce giveaways, furniture assistance, housing and rent assistance, utility assistance and veteran support services. Visit the website for their Family Thrift Store locations in Central Ohio and for more information on each program.

  • Administrative Office
    966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 221-6561
  • Chapel at Worthington Woods Worship & Service Center
    760 Worthington Woods Boulevard, Worthington, Ohio 43085
    (614) 846-1884
  • Citadel Worship & Service Center
    3662 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
    (614) 262-9611
  • Delaware Worship & Community Center
    340 Lake Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 369-5301
  • East Main Worship & Service Center
    966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 253-6811
  • Hilltop Worship & Service Center
    2300 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 274-7600

co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio
Link to Family Thrift Store list: co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio/family-stores-in-central-ohio

Sesame Street in the Communities

Offers providers and parents resources to help children thrive and deal with some common issues that affect children’s lives. Explore topics related to health and wellness, social-emotional skills, and school readiness.

sesamestreetincommunities.org
To view their additional toolkit: sesamestreet.org/toolkits