Plans and Procedures


Keeping Geauga County Safer
Through Preparedness

GCDES - 12518 Merritt RD

12518 Merritt Road
Chardon, Ohio 44024-9049

(440) 285-2222, 564-7131, 834-1856, Extension 2170
Direct Line:  (440) 279-2170
Administrative Fax:  (440) 286-1023
Operations Fax:  (440) 285-7016

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Geauga County Emergency Operations Plan

The Geauga County Emergency Operation Plan provides Geauga County with Annexes and Standard Operating Guidelines on how county resources will be utilized to support local communities in the event of a man-made, natural, or technological emergency.

Geauga County Radiological Emergency Response Plan

The Geauga County Radiological Emergency Response Plan provides Geauga County working with Ashtabula and Lake Counties; the ability to coordinate a tri-county emergency involving the Perry Nuclear Power Plant through the Plan and supporting Standard Operating Guidelines. The Federal Emergency Management Agency requires by law that this Plan be tested and graded every two years.

Geauga County Chemical Emergency Response Plan

The Geauga County Chemical Emergency Response Plan provides Geauga County with the ability to respond to those Extremely Hazardous Substance Facilities within Geauga County and the ability to utilize the Plan to also respond to incidents involving hazardous materials. It is a requirement of the State of Ohio that this Plan be tested on a yearly basis with a facility that houses Extremely Hazardous Substances.

Geauga County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan

The Geauga County Hazard Mitigation Plan was created to protect the health, safety, and economic interests of Geauga County residents and businesses by reducing the impacts of natural hazards through mitigation planning, awareness, and implementation. The plan serves as the foundation for hazard mitigation activities and actions within Geauga County.

The Geauga County Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee is reviewing and revising the local mitigation plan for Geauga County, Ohio, to reflect changes in development, progress in local mitigation efforts, and changes in priorities in accordance with 44 CFR 201.6. The Mitigation Plan addresses the types, location, probability and vulnerability to various natural and technological hazards that may impact both property and citizens of Geauga County. The public is invited to review the current plan and provide comments to the Committee before it begins the update planning process required every five (5) years. A copy of the plan is posted above. Please forward any comments to Director Roger Peterson at or call (440) 279-2170. The public is invited to attend and participate in each meeting. The public draft and review meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. and will be held at the department of Emergency Services located at 12518 Merritt Road, Chardon, Ohio 44024.

Please fill out our Natural Hazards Survey. It should take five minutes or less to complete. We appreciate your input and experiences with hazards in your community. Thank you.