2-year effort aims to prepare 500K Ohioans for emergencies

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – State officials are joining the American Red Cross and Columbia Gas to announce a new effort aimed at getting more Ohioans ready for emergencies.

The two-year initiative seeks to prepare a half million Ohio residents by making emergency plans, building kits or getting trained.

The effort is expected to be announced Thursday at a news conference. The state’s Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and Public Safety Director John Born are among those scheduled to attend.

Afterward, Red Cross volunteers and Columbia Gas employees plan to join Columbus firefighters to install smoke alarms and deliver preparedness materials in Columbus.

According to the state fire marshal’s office, fires killed 15 children in Ohio last year and have claimed at least 11 young lives in just the first two months of 2015.

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