Is Hudson Prepared?

Emergencies can happen at any time. They can affect a few homes, a few streets, or the entire city. Because it is impossible to know when disaster will strike or what type of emergency will occur, the City of Hudson takes an "all hazards" approach to emergency preparedness.

The City of Hudson plans, practices, and responds to a variety of emergencies each year. Some emergencies are more likely to occur in our part of the country than others, and emphasis is placed on those situations, but there are certain steps that the City takes and that residents and businesses can take to ensure basic preparedness for any emergency.

Hudson has plans in place that cover a wide variety of potential hazards, from pandemics and terrorist attacks to tornadoes, floods, winter storms, transportation incidents and hazardous materials spills. Each incident is different, requiring varying degrees of emergency management and mitigation. Our plans must be adaptable to meet any and all situations that would occur. We plan for all possibilities, and adjust our response to the specific incident accordingly.

City Training & Exercises

Our staff is continuously trained in incident management topics such as hazardous materials and mass evacuation techniques, for example. Police, Fire and EMS regularly attend emergency management training. We also work closely with Summit County, the State of Ohio, and the federal government during emergency incidents, calling in additional resources as required.

Incident Management

In an emergency, we activate our City Emergency Operations Center, to which specific Hudson staff are assigned to report. The incident is managed by the EOC, and all information flows through the center. Our emergency operations plans include plans for:

  • Direction and controlling the scene
  • Alerts and notifications
  • Public information
  • Law Enforcement responses
  • Fire and rescue
  • Engineering, utilities and public works
  • Public health
  • Medical treatment, transport and mental health services
  • Evacuations plans
  • Shelter and mass care
  • Damage assessment
  • Radiological incidents and hazardous materials handling
  • Mass casualty incident management
  • Resource management

Emergency Operations Center

The city activates its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to coordinate interagency response to and recovery from major emergencies. The EOC is managed by the Operations Commander, determined based on the type of emergency, and is staffed by representatives of various departments and services that are involved in mitigating that particular type of incident.

The EOC is used to:

  • Gather, consolidate, and manage the large amounts of information that accumulate during the course of a major incident
  • Identify and obtain additional resources
  • Develop collaborative strategies and set priorities
  • Develop an overall picture of the incident
  • Support the incident commander
  • Develop and disseminate public information
  • Coordinate with neighboring jurisdictions, the State EOC, and the federal government.
  • Coordinate with private and non-profit sector organizations.

The city maintains a primary and an alternate EOC. The EOC is designed to function as an operations room, a strategy room, and a joint information center.

How Will I Be Notified in an Emergency?

When an emergency occurs the City uses many ways to contact citizens and provide access to important information and instructions.  It's important to sign up for all types of notifications and check the city's social media feeds for real-time updates.