EMA collaborating with Genoa Fire Dept.

By Lenny C. Lepola

March 26, 2014

Delaware County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Sean Miller attended the Thursday, March 13, Genoa Township Board of Trustees meeting to present the trustees with grant fund initiatives to ensure preparedness for emergency situations throughout Delaware County.

Miller said the county EMA is working with Genoa Township Fire Chief Gary Honeycutt to ensure that proper preparedness standards are in place in the event of emergencies in Genoa Township and the surrounding area.

Mobile phone warning systems are becoming more popular and helping the EMA to immediately alert those that are in harm’s way, Miller added. For more information, visit < >.

During that same meeting, Delaware County Health Commissioner Shelia Hiddleson presented the trustees with a Delaware General Health District activities update.

Hiddleson said a recent Community Health Assessment identified five focus areas for the district: ensuring access to health care, addressing mental health issues, drug and alcohol treatment, fighting obesity, and providing access to food.

The Delaware General Health District is currently a candidate to be the third accredited Public Health Organization in the state. Hiddleson said the anticipated accreditation would be based on high-quality service in the 10 essential service areas required by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (a.k.a. CDC).

The Delaware General Health District is funded primarily through a property tax levy. Hiddleson said her agency is currently seeking a 0.7 mil levy renewal.

She said the levy, first adopted by voters in 1984, has remained unchanged for 30 years. The levy accesses $19.20 in property taxes per $100,000 in property value.

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