Licking County Emergency Management Agency

Contact Us


Sean Grady - MS, MSEM Director
John Wieber -
OCEM, Deputy Director

Office Phone:

Sean Grady- (740) 522-9031  


John Wieber-(740) 522-9032


783 Irving Wick Dr West
Heath, Ohio 43056







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For Immediate Release: July 23, 2020

Franklin, Six Adjacent Counties Approved
for Low-Interest Disaster Loans

U.S. Small Business Administration Declares Disaster for May 18-19 Flooding

COLUMBUS — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today that Ohio has received a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster declaration for flooding that occurred in Franklin County May 18-19, opening up the possibility of low-interest disaster loans for business owners, homeowners and renters in Franklin County and six adjacent counties.

This SBA-only declaration is for individuals and businesses who have uninsured losses from severe storms and flooding in mid-May in Franklin and six adjacent counties: Union, Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway and Madison counties.

There are three types of loans available to those with credit acceptable to SBA:

  • Business Physical Disaster Loans – Loans to businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the business, including real estate, inventories, supplies, machinery and equipment. Businesses of any size are eligible. Private, non-profit organizations such as charities, churches, private universities, etc., are also eligible.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) – Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.
  • Home Disaster Loans – Loans to homeowners or renters to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate and personal property, including automobiles.

SBA has opened a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center (VDLOC) to help survivors apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at and there are virtual customer support representatives available to assist applicants with completing the online application. The VDLOC information:

Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center (VDLOC)
Open: Monday - Friday
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed: Saturdays and Sundays
Phone: (202) 803 - 3307 or (470) 363 - 5936

These services are only available for the Ohio disaster declaration as a result of severe storms and flooding on May 18-19, 2020, and not for COVID-19 related assistance.


SBA loan Information has been released in relation to the flooding events in March 2020. Please read the documents below for further information.

(Disaster Assistance Information - Click Here)

(U.S. Small Business Administration Fact Sheet - Disaster Loans)


Click on Link to open attachment. We will be collecting donated PPE for all First Responders


Severe Weather Awareness week March 22-28, 2020



Licking County Emergency Management Agency

The Licking County Emergency Management Agency was established in 1988. It is an offshoot of the Civil Defense Program of the 1950's which later turned into Disaster Services. The Ohio Revised Code, Sections 5502.21 through 5502.99, forms the legal basis for the Emergency Management Agency. The Ohio Emergency Management Agency (OEMA) oversees Licking County EMA as well as the other 87 counties' EMA's. Under the guidelines and jurisdiction of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Ohio EMA gives Licking County the support and information it needs to take care of its population when disaster strikes.

The Licking County Emergency Management Agency is currently responsible for Homeland Security, the Regional Communications Center (911), and Safety Services operations within the County.

Licking County Emergency Management is located at 783 Irving Wick Dr W, Heath, Ohio. The normal hours of operation are 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The EMA Director and Deputy Director can be reached 24 hours a day, in case of an emergency by cell phone or radio (MARCS or VHF) and/ or email.

Emergency Management runs the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during crises. The EOC is designed to be the focal point of any response throughout the county. From this location we can use the Incident Command System (ICS) to help coordinate response and recovery efforts throughout the county.

The Management Team consists of a Director, Deputy Director, and the 911 Coordinator. In addition, there are approximately 80 CERT Volunteers as part of the Community Emergency Response Team. Emergency Management also works with partner agencies throughout the county in building and testing plans for the following:

  • Emergency Operations Plan
  • HazMat Response Plan
  • Debris Management Plan
  • Mass Fatality Plan

Just how does this all work? Primarily through the "Four Phases of Emergency Management: MITIGATION, PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE AND RECOVERY.

MITIGATION: is any action taken to eliminate or reduce the degree of long-term risk to human life and property (including family pets) from any type of hazards. Some examples of mitigation are: building codes, public education, risk-area mapping, disaster insurance, tax incentives and statutes/ordinances/codes.

PREPAREDNESS: is any activity taken IN ADVANCE of an emergency that facilitates the implementation of a coordinated response. Some examples of preparedness are: hazard identification, emergency exercises, emergency operations' plans, emergency operations' centers, emergency broadcast systems sirens and continuity of government.

RESPONSE: is ANY action taken immediately before, during or directly after an emergency occurs, which saves lives, minimizes damage to property and enhances the effectiveness of recovery. Some examples of response are: activation of the Emergency Operations' Center (EOC), evacuation, emergency medical assistance, law enforcement response, emergency sheltering, fire and rescue response, and protective action announcements.

RECOVERY: is a short-term activity to return vital life-support systems to minimum operating standards and long term activity designed to return society to safe and normal levels of activity. Some examples of recovery are: damage assessment, decontamination, disaster assistance, reconstruction, debris clearance, counseling, and temporary housing.

Emergency Management is always looking for individuals knowledgeable in these areas and interested in becoming volunteers. Please contact our office should you wish to discuss opportunities for volunteering.