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The Butler County Emergency Management Agency 315 High Street Suite 670 Hamilton, OH 45011 513-785-5810 Fax 513-785-5811 Director William Ray Turner joined the Agency in 1998 spent prior 10 years working for KyDES a graduate of Owsley County High School and Eastern Kentucky University

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the butler county emergency management agency
The Butler County Emergency Management Agency

315 High Street

Suite 670

Hamilton, OH 45011


Fax 513-785-5811


William Ray Turner

  • joined the Agency in 1998
  • spent prior 10 years working for KyDES
  • a graduate of Owsley County High School and Eastern Kentucky University
  • lead the response to thirteen separate Presidential Disaster Declarations which included floods, tornado’s and winter storms
  • a leader in the effort to gain passage of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) by the Ohio Legislature
assistant director
Assistant Director

Karen Preston

  • Joined the agency in 2000
  • Graduate of Eastern Kentucky University
sue isaacs
Sue Isaacs
  • Ms. Isaacs has been with the Butler County Emergency Management Agency since March 1, 1997.
  • responsibilities include the data entry for the "Chemical Inventory Reports“
  • issuance of all purchase orders and bill paying
leslie bailey
Leslie Bailey
  • the newest member of the BCEMA team joining the agency in January of 2002
  • a 1990 graduate of New Miami HS and attended Wright State University
bcema executive committee
Dennis Conrad, Reily Twp. Trustee

David Young, Ross Twp. Trustee

Courtney Combs, Butler County


Karl Dillhoff, Morgan Township Trustee

Len Endress, Chief Oxford Fire Department

Tim Derickson, Hanover Township


Stephen Sorrell, City Manager

City of Hamilton

Bill McIntire, Wayne Township


Mark Sutton, Fairfield Township


BCEMA Executive Committee
history of emergency management
History of Emergency Management
  • Began as “Civil Defense” in the 1950’s
  • In the 1970 became know as “Disaster Services”
  • Evolved into “Emergency Management” in the early 1990’s
  • Preparedness means to have plans or preparations already made for reacting promptly and effectively to save lives and help response-and-rescue operations, before an emergency. 
  • Response begins as soon as a disaster is detected or threatens.  It involves mobilizing and positioning emergency equipment and getting people out of danger.  It also means providing needed food, water, shelter, medical services, and bringing damaged services and systems back on line.   Local responders, government agencies, and private organizations take action.
  • Recovery is actions taken to return to a normal or even safer situation, following an emergency or disaster.  Recovery includes getting financial assistance to help pay for repairs.  
  • Recovery can be short-term and long-term.  Short term recovery is the restoration of vital services and facilities to minimum standards of operation and safety. 
july 2001 flood
July 2001 Flood
  • SBA – 63 homeowners --$1,495,900
  • SBA – 11 businesses -- $306,100
  • State Individual Assistance -- 47 homeowners -- $240,633
  • FEMA Pubic Assistance


  • Mitigation is the cornerstone of emergency management. It's the ongoing effort to lessen the impact disasters have on people and property.  Mitigation involves keeping homes away from Flood Plains, engineering bridges to withstand earthquakes, creating and enforcing effective building codes to protect property from disasters -- and more.
who we serve
Who We Serve
  • Butler County
  • Population 332,807
  • Households 123,586
  • 470 Square Miles
political jurisdictions
Political Jurisdictions

Ranging from West Chester population 54,895 to Reily population 2,568

  • 7 CITIES

Ranging from Sharonville population 2,226 (in Butler County) to Hamilton population 60,690


Ranging from Jacksonburg population 67 to New Miami population 2,469

what we do
What We Do
  • Develop, review, and enhance the County's disaster preparedness and recovery plans for a Integrated Emergency Management System.
  • Distribute those plans on a County‑wide basis.
  • Operate, maintain, and enhance the County's Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
  • Manage and coordinate County‑wide response to, and recovery from, natural and technological disasters.
  • Coordinate the County's disaster response/recovery needs with state and federal
some accomplishments
Some Accomplishments
  • EMA Offices
  • Emergency Operations Center
  • Additional Staff
emergency operations room
Emergency Operations Room
  • Wired for Data
  • Dedicated Phone Lines
  • Multi-Media
  • 21 Workstations
the communicator
The Communicator
  • Makes 1000 – 30 second phone calls per hour
  • Faxes 600 – 1 page faxes per hour
  • Mapping capability
  • Pre Fix or Zip
hazardous materials training
Hazardous Materials Training
  • Over 40 course delivered in 2001
  • Reaching over 800 emergency responders
emergency management training
Emergency Management Training
  • Damage Assessment
  • Exercise Design
  • Emergency Operation Center
  • Debris Removal
  • Applicants Agent
domestic preparedness training
Domestic Preparedness Training
  • DP Awareness
  • DP Operations
  • WMD for Public Works
  • Specialized Equipment Training
emergency management exercises
Emergency Management Exercises
  • Aircraft Disaster
  • Anthrax
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Sarin
  • Flooding
outdoor warning sirens
Outdoor Warning Sirens
  • April 1999 – 30 sirens
  • Today – over eighty outdoor warning sirens in operation
information management
Information Management
  • The Communicator
  • New Computers
  • EAS
  • Websites
  • Phones
butler county hazardous materials response cooperative
Butler CountyHazardous Materials Response Cooperative
  • All Jurisdictions
  • All 23 fire Departments

HazMat Teams from

  • City of Hamilton
  • City of Middletown
  • West Chester Twp.
the butler county local emergency planning committee
The Butler County Local Emergency Planning Committee

The Butler County Local Emergency Planning Committee (BCLEPC) is one of 87 Ohio Local Emergency Planning Committee's which were established pursuant to Section 301of the Federal Title III, Superfund Amendments andReauthorization Act, commonly known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA). 

ema lepc

The Butler County Emergency Management Agency provides administrative staffing for the LEPC under a contractual agreement.  Through the EMA staff the Butler County LEPC's tracks over 400 facilities which annually notify under the requirements of EPCRA, and this data is available for public inspection. 

responsibilities of the lepc
The BCLEPC is comprised of members representing several occupational categories: elected local officials; law enforcement; emergency management; fire fighting; first aid; health; local environment; hospital; transportation; electronic media; print media; community groups; facility owners and operators subject to EPCRA; interested citizens; and non elected local officials.

The LEPC prepares local hazardous materials emergency plans that indicate the facilities that use, produce, or store extremely hazardous substances within the county; serve as the repository for local reports filed under EPCRA; and direct local EPCRA implementation activities and perform associated outreach functions to increase the awareness and understanding of and compliance with the EPCRA program.

Responsibilities of the LEPC
some of the butler county lepc s accomplishments include
Some of the Butler County LEPC's accomplishments include:

1.  Developing the Butler County Hazardous Materials Emergency Plan.2.  Creation of the Butler County Hazardous Materials Cooperative.3.  Providing training for hazardous materials emergency first response personnel.4.  Developing and analyzing hazardous materials response team needs.5.  Developing and holding public and private sector hazardous materials emergency exercises.6.  Assisting public and private facilities with chemical emergency preparedness planning.

butler county emergency management agency
Butler CountyEmergency Management Agency

315 High Street

Suite 670

Hamilton, OH 45011


Fax 513-785-5811