What happens when the unexpected happens?

Each and every day, the risk of emergency exists for the residents of Ohio. In order to make Ohio a safer place and more prepared to respond in the face of a crisis, The Ohio Department of Health created the Bureau of Health Preparedness (BHP) in 2005. BHP is the driving force behind emergency planning, responding to emergencies on the state level, as well as preparing and conducting training exercises for the entire state. BHP also oversees the sub-grantee activities for the local health department, ensuring that the local health department in your county is able to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day. East Liverpool City is a part of the Columbiana County General Health District Emergency Operation Plan. A link to access information pertaining to this plan and the Public Health Emergency Preparedness office is available at https://www.columbiana-health.org/phep.html

Emergency Preparedness

Preparedness is a responsibility for every Ohio resident. We cannot control the world around us but we can plan to be ready for when disaster strikes. Help ensure both you and your family are prepared for hazards such as natural disasters, power outages, or intentional acts by starting with the following:

  • Get a Kit, Be Ready

  • Pet Preparedness

  • Help others! When you know you are prepared as an individual or as a family, give back to your community by donating items or funds to a local charity or food bank. Additionally, one of the best ways to give back to your community is to donate your time:

    • Ohio Responds: a personalized volunteer opportunity site shared by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH)

    • Medical Reserve Corps: The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds

    • Red Cross: An international organization dedicated to providing assistance in a variety of ways


Potassium Iodide (KI)

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) participates in a program sponsored by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to supply Potassium Iodide (KI) pills to the general public within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) around each commercial nuclear power plant.  The following counties are in the 10-mile EPZ:  Ashtabula, Columbiana, Geauga, Lake, Lucas, and Ottawa.

KI Lots TU401A and TU404A’s expiration dates have been extended to June 30, 2022.  Original expiration dates are listed below. These lots have been tested in accordance with FDA shelf-life extension guidelines, and the expiration date has been extended to accommodate a small number of tablets that could not be switched out by Dec. 31, 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

New replacement KI from the NRC arrived in 2020.  The new replacement KI has been distributed to the local and county health departments within the 10-mile EPZ.  Members of the public in the 10-mile EPZ should contact their local or county health department for information about the availability of KI.  During an incident, KI will be made available at evacuation reception/care centers. This new lot of KI (TU903A) has an expiration date of Oct. 31, 2029.  

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