Cuyahoga County Recognizes Bedford as First ReadyCertified Community

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CLEVELAND – The City of Bedford has become the first city to become fully certified through the ReadyCuyahoga Emergency Management Certification Program established under County Executive Ed FitzGerald.

“I’m pleased to award the City of Bedford our first certification through our ReadyCuyahoga program,” said FitzGerald. “I want to commend Mayor Stanley Koci and his entire staff for their hard work and becoming a resource for emergency preparedness.”

Bedford formally received its ReadyCertify plaque from the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management yesterday, May 5th. ReadyCertify is a voluntary program that provides objective evaluation of a community’s emergency management program. The core of the ReadyCertify program is a set of 24 emergency management performance standards that cover the full spectrum of emergency management activities, including administration, organization, planning, training, response, and recovery.

The ReadyCertify standards are designed to encourage the use of best practices and increase the awareness, understanding, and appreciation of increased cooperation and interoperability among Cuyahoga County’s communities.

“It’s an honor to be the first city to receive this certification in emergency preparedness,” said Mayor Koci. “Bedford residents can feel confident our safety forces are prepared to respond and recover in the event of an emergency.”

For participating communities, certification through the ReadyCertify program provides independent confirmation that their organization is prepared to conduct effective emergency management operations. ReadyCertify can help municipal officials identify emergency management capability strengths and shortfalls, measure progress, and identify strategic priorities.

Enhancing municipal preparedness is a core mission of the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management (CCOEM). As the emergency management agency for an urbanized county with fifty-nine municipal jurisdictions, CCOEM is continually looking for ways to support public safety officials in their roles as emergency managers.