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Brecksville 18th Community to Complete ReadyCertify Emergency Certification Program

by Mark Christie , EMA Director, Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management
red check mark next to words Ready Cuyahoga County CertifyOn Tuesday September 4th, the City of Brecksville became the 18th community in Cuyahoga County to receive their ReadyCertify certification through the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management (CCOEM).

ReadyCertify is a voluntary, standards-based emergency management certification program that enables communities and organizations to evaluate and enhance their emergency management programs and capabilities. The intent of the program is to help organizations better prepare for and respond to emergencies.

“Brecksville’s participation in ReadyCertify was a rewarding experience. Not only did the Program help us build emergency management capabilities, but it also enabled city leadership to work together and take a holistic approach to enhancing the city’s preparedness,” said Brecksville Fire Chief Nick Zamiska.

blue graphic of Cuyahoga County with red letters E M on topThe timing of Brecksville’s certification is particularly significant as September is recognized as National Preparedness Month - which is the time of year FEMA encourages the Nation to take action and prepare before emergencies occur.

Since the inception of ReadyCertify in 2014, a total of 18 communities and 2 organizations have completed the program. ReadyCertified communities include: Bedford, Solon, Bay Village, Olmsted Falls, Pepper Pike, Independence, Walton Hills, Oakwood, Glenwillow, South Euclid, Moreland Hills, Olmsted Township, Brooklyn, Mayfield Heights, the Village of Woodmere, Mayfield Village, Cleveland, and now Brecksville. Additionally, the two ReadyCertified organizations include: Cleveland State University and the Cleveland Metroparks. A third organization, Tri-C Community College, is slated to officially complete the program later this month.

If your community or organization is interested in the ReadyCertify Program, contact CCOEM at, or 216-443-5700. For more information on the program, click here.