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Emergency Preparedness

Would you know what to do in an emergency? Making plans and being prepared BEFORE an emergency is key to handling any unexpected situation. Here are some resources to help you create a plan before you find yourself in an emergency situation.

Local Alert Messages

Stay Alert. Sign up for alerts so you will be notified of emergencies in your area in real time.

  • Reverse Alert is a Summit County service that warns of threats to health and safety by sending emergency messages to email addresses, devices for the hard of hearing, and telephone lines. Sign up for Reverse Alerts
  • EMA Mobile Application is a Summit County OH EMA App designed to assist citizens in preparing for and providing information during emergency situations and events. The app allows you to receive push notifications similar to Reverse Alert, but with additional features. Features include
    • creating an emergency plan and sharing it with your family and friends,
    • free access to the NOAA weather radio system,
    • and traffic updates from the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Download the EMA Mobile App

Info to Know

Look Ahead With winter weather coming, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead. Here are some emergency preparedness tips to help you create a plan should the weather change your plans.

  • Know the process. If bad weather hits, be sure to find out how any of your services (day programs, jobs, transportation, etc.) handles inclement weather or closures. Some places may close when the weather gets bad, and knowing ahead of time what to do if that happens will help you avoid problems.
  • Call ahead. If you aren’t sure if a service, business or other organization is closed, call before you head out.
  • Stay informed. DODD puts out monthly health and safety alerts to help keep people safe. Be sure to read these each month and stay informed. Need contact information to your SSA or RSS? Visit our online SSA and RSS Directory.
  • Check out your surroundings. Whether you work in the community, go to a day program or even when you are at your home, be sure to identify safe areas around you like tornado shelters or emergency exits.
    • Businesses will have these rooms marked
    • In a home setting, the CDC recommends going to the basement or an inside room without windows on the lowest floor (bathroom, closet, center hallway). If possible, avoid sheltering in any room with windows.

Knowing where the safest room in a building is located can save you precious time in an emergency.

Digital Security Summit DD leadership constantly update processes to help keep staff, those we serve and any visitors safe, both in the real world and virtually.

  • Summit DD Cyber Security Summit DD data is protected from both external threats and physical threats, like fire. Our data and systems are backed up daily to ensure business continuity and safety. And our firewalls and software are monitored 7 days a week, 365 days a year to keep cyberthreats away from your personal information.


Planning Resources. Start planning today. There are numerous ways to prepare for the unexpected, but all of them start with knowledge and a plan. Here are a few emergency preparedness resources to get you started:

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