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Wednesday, April 03, 1974
An outbreak of tornados—148 of them—touched down in Ohio and 12 neighboring states. Hardest hit was the town of Xenia, when a tornado landed at 4:30p.m. The EF5 tornado snapped mature trees, hurled debris, and flattened a city quarter, including Xenia High School. Though school was over for the day, a group of students rehearsed a play in the auditorium. In all, 32 townspeople lost their lives.
Common Hazards in this State

State Information

Ohio Department of Public Safety
Division of Homeland Security
1970 W. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43223
(614) 387-6171

Ohio Emergency Management Agency
2855 W. Dublin Granville Rd.
Columbus, OH 43235-2206
(614) 889-7150
Ohio Emergency Management Agency
Ohio Homeland Security

Ohio Department of Health
Office of Health Preparedness
35 East Chestnut Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 644-6133

Local Information

City of Akron
166 S High St #200
Akron, OH 44308
(330) 375-2345

Ashtabula County EMA
George Sabo, Director
25 W Jefferson St
Jefferson OH 44047
(440) 576–9148

City of Cincinnati
801 Plum St. Rm 150
Cincinnati, OH 45202-1979
(513) 352-3250

City of Cleveland
Office of Homeland Security
205 W. St. Clair Ave., 5th Floor
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
(216) 664-7171

City of Columbus
City Hall 2nd Floor
90 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 645-2489

Cuyahoga County EMA
Brandy Carney, Director
1276 West 3rd Street, Suite 325
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
(216) 443-5700

Darke County EMA
5183 County Home Rd.
Greenville OH 45331
(937) 548-1444

City of Dayton
101 W. Third Street
Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 333-3636

Franklin County EMA and Homeland Security
Jeff Young, Director
5300 Strawberry Farms Blvd
Columbus, Ohio 43230-1049
(614) 794-0213

Hamilton County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency
Director Nick Crossley
2000 Radcliff Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45204
(513) 263-8200

Lucas County EMA
Director Joe Walter
2144 Monroe Street
Toledo, Ohio 43624
(419) 213-6503

Montgomery County EMA
Director Jeffrey Jordan
117 South Main Street/Suite 721
Dayton, Ohio 45422
(937) 224-8936

Summit County EMA
175 S. Main St., Suite 204
Akron, OH 44308
Phone: (330) 643-2558
Fax: (330) 643-2889

City of Toledo
One Government Center
640 Jackson
Suite 2200
Toledo, Ohio 43604
(419) 245-1001

Citizen Corps

Get Involved in Preparing your Community. Citizen Corps, Homeland Security's grassroots effort, localizes preparedness messages and provides opportunities for citizens to get emergency response training; participate in community exercises; and volunteer to support local first responders. To learn more and to get involved, contact your nearest Citizen Corps Council by visiting

Ohio Responds

Localized Ready Programs

ReadyOhio provides links to the Ready campaign’s Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed and It also provides easy access to fact sheets on incidents that are common in Ohio. It asks Ohioans if they are ready for home fire prevention, floods, thunder and lightning, power outages, tornadoes, winter storms and evacuation. Each page provides definitions and/or descriptions of each hazard and provides a link to more complete disaster supplies kit checklist, provided by the American Red Cross.

Last Updated: 08/20/2020