About Emergency Management
The Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management (MCOEM) is responsible for developing plans and programs that prepare Montgomery County and its communities to effectively prevent, respond to, and recover from catastrophic disasters.
Now is the Time to Prepare for Winter
Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.
One of the primary concerns is the winter weather's ability to knock out heat, power and communications services to your home or office, sometimes for days at a time. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region.
Prepare your home for winter
Cut and remove low-hanging and dead tree branches. Ice, snow and strong winds can cause tree limbs to break and fall. Have your gutters cleaned. Snow and ice can build up quickly if gutters are clogged with debris. Have auxiliary heaters, furnaces and fireplaces maintenance checked or serviced before using. If using a portable generator, read instructions thoroughly to guard against carbon monoxide poisoning. Review your homeowner’s insurance policy; consider your need for flood insurance.
Prepare winter disaster kits for the home and vehicle
Refresh stored nonperishable foods and bottled water. Change the batteries in your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and radios. Winter emergency kits should include warm clothing, blankets, flashlights, new batteries, coats, hats, gloves, a battery-operated or hand-cranked radio, first aid kit, and enough nonperishable food and water (one gallon per person, per day) to sustain every family member for several days. Have stored food, bottled water and supplies for your pets, as well.
Update your disaster preparedness plans
Every home, school, and business should have written plans for the different types of disasters that can occur. Review the plans with the entire family or staff. Everyone should know what to do in the event of a snow or ice storm, a prolonged power outage, a flood or fire. Post contact information for your local emergency management agency. Prepare and practice drills that require sheltering in place and evacuation. Update your emergency contact list and establish a meeting place outside of the home, school or business, where others will know where to find or meet you.
Invest in a NOAA Public Alert/Weather Radio
Every home, school and business should have a tone-alert weather radio with a battery back-up. Weather and public alert radios are programmed to automatically sound an alert during public safety and severe weather events. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radios are one of the most effective means for you to receive timely warnings of severe weather events. For full details of this program check out the Wilmington National Weather Service Office site. The local NOAA broadcast frequency is 162.475 MHz (WXJ-46).
If you have a radio capable of Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME), the SAME code for Montgomery County is 039113. Click here for more information on the SAME system.
Learn about Flood Safety, how to find out if your home is at risk, and Flood Insurance at the National Weather Service's Flood Safety web site.
Jeff Jordan, Director
Phone: (937) 224-8934 117 South Main St, Suite 721
Fax: (937) 224-8881 Dayton, OH 45422