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.
Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management Ask, If You See Something, Say Something!
The recent tragedy that occurred during the Boston Marathon highlights the importance of the Department of Homeland Security’s “See Something, Say Something” campaign. The Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management would like to offer the following information to help you be more aware in case you see suspicious behavior in your community.
An aware and engaged public that understands what constitutes unusual and suspicious behavior is essential to protecting our communities from terrorist threats. For example, maybe you are at a high profile location or sporting event and you notice a person nearby taking several photos. While that is not unusual, you may also notice that the person is only taking photos of the locations of surveillance cameras, entrance crash barriers, and access control procedures. That type of activity would be unusual. The following are examples of other unusual activities that should cause a heightened sense of suspicion:
• Monitoring personnel or vehicles entering/leaving facilities or parking areas
• Burns on body, missing finger(s) or hand, bloody clothing, bleached body hair or bright colored stains on clothing; switch or wires concealed in hand, clothing, or backpack
• Unusual or prolonged interest in the following: security measures or personnel; security cameras; entry points and access controls; perimeter barriers (fences/walls); unattended train or bus
• Purposely placing objects (e.g., packages, luggage, vehicles) in sensitive or vulnerable areas to observe security responses
• Individuals or actions which are out of place for their surroundings (e.g., over or underdressed for the weather)
• Unusual, vague, or cryptic threats, warnings, or comments about harming others
Some of these activities, taken individually, could be innocent and must be examined by law enforcement professionals in a larger context to determine where there is a basis to investigate. The activities outlined above are by no means all-inclusive but have been compiled from a review of terrorist events over several years.
If you see something, say something!
Call Ohio Homeland Security:
For emergencies, call 9-1-1.
Do not jeopardize your safety or the safety of others.
NOAA Weather Radio
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