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COTN Added to Franklin County Emergency Management Resources

posted May 16, 2014, 5:52 AM by C. Matthew Curtin
Franklin County Ohio Emergency Management & Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) has added the Central Ohio Traffic Net and the National Traffic System to its list of emergency radio communications resources.

As noted on its site, Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security coordinates and prepares for county-wide all-hazards disaster planning, community education, warning, training, grant funding, response, and recovery efforts in order to prepare and protect the citizens of Franklin County before, during, and after natural and man-made disasters.

Included in these efforts is the training and coordination of volunteers working to help their communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. Volunteers in Franklin County provide a wide variety of services to their communities. Amateur radio operators provide public service on several fronts. FCEM&HS recognizes this service on its web site, now including COTN specifically among the amateur radio emergency communications resources described.

COTN is happy to provide the public service of ensuring communications even "when all else fails" to the citizens of Franklin County and the surrounding counties that make up central Ohio. Since 1985, COTN has been serving as a gateway between Central Ohio and the world beyond: even without Internet or telephone access, COTN can accept messages and get them delivered to their destinations around the country via amateur radio, as well as deliver messages originating elsewhere for people in Central Ohio. We're grateful for the coordination efforts of FCEM&HS and to be a part of the preparation, response, and recovery plans.
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