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Citizen Early Warning Notificaton System

Everyone wants safety and security. Hamilton County EMA provides County Wide Emergency Alert Notifications to citizens in a timely manner that helps save lives.

HCoNotify is a system of systems that allows local officials to telephone, email, text or page targeted areas with in Hamilton County in the event of an emergency situation that requires immediate action.

Citizens can go about their daily business with the confidence that they will be notified of an emergency situation where ever they are. By registering your home phone, cell phone and email address with HyperReach and
Nixle, Hamilton County will be able to contact you when an emergency occurs in your area.

An emergency notification could be made for things like a natural disaster, man-made disasters, missing persons or a public safety emergency. You may choose to have these
messages go directly to your cell phone for quick access wherever you are.

Best of all, YOU DECIDE what communications method works for you and your family. There is no cost to sign up and you may cancel at anytime.

1) Register for Hyper Reach
2) You can go directly to the registration page by typing the following link:
3) Fill out the attached information and mail or fax it to us. Registering is FREE and easy.

Anothor option - Text "HCONOTIFY" to 888777 - To receive emergency info via cell phone

Contact Us

Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency
2000 Radcliff Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45204


Local Phone Numbers

  • Office: 513-263-8200
  • Fax: 513-263-8222
  • 24 Hour Number: 513-825-2260 or 513-825-2280
    (Ask for a EMA person to be paged)
  • 24 Hour Spill or Release Number: 513-825-8518

National EMA Numbers:
Phone: 1 (800) 621-FEMA (3362)

To Report Suspicious Activity:
Phone: 1-866-347-2423
Online: Department of Homeland Security


Disaster Supplies


Your Emergency Kit should include:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries (check batteries semi-annually).
  • Battery-operated radio with weather band or an NOAA weather radio
  • First aid kit with essential medicines and a manual
  • Candles and matches (or lighter)
  • A large jug of drinking water
  • Non-perishable, ready-to-eat food
  • A non-electric can opener
  • Towels, toilet paper and bathroom items
  • Credit cards
  • Work gloves
  • Duct tape
  • A copy of insurance documents
  • Blankets and sleeping gear
  • List of phone numbers and addresses of emergency services and protective areas, physicians, family and friends
  • Plastic sheeting such as paint drip cloths or a tarp
  • Written instructions on how to turn off your home's utilities

Stock the kit with spare home tools that you may need, such as:

  • Hammer and nails
  • A pocket multi-tool
  • Screwdrivers, pliers, and wrenches
  • Small pry-bar

Make sure everyone in your family knows where the kit is kept. Be sure and store your emergency/disaster kit in the protected area where you plan to seek shelter! Review your emergency plan with your family and post the written plan.

Citizen Corps

Citizen Corps are made up of citizens volunteering with homeland security programs to make their communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to disasters of all kinds. Sign up today! Help your local first responders (fire, police, and emergency medical departments) by taking safety training, staffing emergency shelters or getting involved in other homeland security activities. Read more here or click on a link below.

There are three easy ways to get involved:

  1. Download a Citizen Corps application here (Must have Adobe Reader).
  2. Fill out and submit an online application by clicking here.
  3. Call 1-800-VOLUNTEER. After entering your ZIP code, you will be directed to a volunteer.


  • Stay calm
  • Take your family and pets inside your home and remain there
  • Turn on your TV and radio and listen for Emergency Alert System (EAS) information, instructions, and updates.
  • Close and lock all windows and doors in your home.
  • Turn off all air conditioners, fans, vents and heating systems, etc. that draw in outside air.
  • Close the fireplace damper.
  • Use the phone only for emergency calls.
  • Go to the highest room above ground (not the basement) with the fewest windows and doors.
  • Take your Home Emergency Supply Kit with you to this room.
  • If necessary, place damp towels in the cracks under the doors. Tape around doors, windows, and exhaust fans or vents. Use plastic to cover the windows, outlets and heat registers.
  • If necessary, children at affected schools will be sheltered there. Parents should not go to the schools unless advised to do so.
  • Stay in this room and listen to your radio or tv until local authorities tell you that all is safe or you are told to evacuate.
  • When the local authorities announce the end of the emergency, ventilate your home by opening doors and windows and going outside.

Weather Terms

A watch means conditions are favorable for severe weather in your area.

A warning means severe weather is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.
Watches and Warnings are issued for thunderstorms, floods, flash floods and tornadoes. If a warning is issued, move to your basement or a safe area in your home and turn on the local news or your weather radio for further instructions.

Lightning Tips

  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to a storm to be struck by lightning. Get to a safe shelter immediately.
  • Move to a sturdy building or car with a hard top. Do not take shelter in small sheds, under isolated trees or in convertible automobiles.
  • Get out of boats and away from water. Do not take a bath or shower.

Tornado Tips

  • Move to a shelter, such as a basement. If underground shelter is not available, move to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor and get under a sturdy piece of furniture.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • If you are in a car, never try to outrun a tornado. If caught outside or in a vehicle, leave your car and lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression (not a storm ditch).
  • Mobile homes should be abandoned as they offer little protection. Move to a nearby shelter.

Pet Owners

Simple precautions by pet owners can protect family pets during disasters.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), working with the Humane Society of the United State recommends the following steps before a disaster:

  • Contact a local animal shelter, humane society, veterinarian or emergency management office for information on caring for pets in an emergency.
  • Find out if evacuation shelters will take pets or see if a veterinarian or boarding kennel outside the flood area will accept your pet in an emergency.
  • Make sure pet vaccinations are up to date and bring the records with you.  A current vaccination for kennel cough will be required to board your dog.
  • If you plan on evacuating to a motel or hotel, find out if they will accept pets in an emergency.
  • Make sure the pet has a properly fitted collar that includes current license and rabies tag.  consider having the pet identified through microchip technology (ask your veterinarian).
  • Keep a week's emergency supply of pet food, water and other essential support items, including medications.
  • Take photographs of the animal and keep pictures with important papers you plan to carry with you in an emergency.
  • If a "pet sitter" is used while you are away from home, discuss disaster and evacuation plans.
  • Bring pets inside if flooding occurs.  Never leave a pet outside or tied up during a disaster.  If flooding forces you to leave home, take pets with you.
  • Be aware that the pet's behavior may change before, during and after a disaster.

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