Ohio pre-positioning, tracking emergency resources

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials have announced several initiatives to better prepare for emergencies.

Officials said Thursday that they are pre-positioning several new power generators around the state, better tracking such resources and creating teams of public employees who can respond when communities need help, even if an emergency isn't statewide.

The Department of Public Safety says the initiative, slated to be in full swing by spring, is a proactive effort to ensure the state is ready to quickly respond before and during events such as damaging storms or large power outages.

The state has used grant money to buy eight new, large generators to be placed throughout Ohio. It also has started using a Web-based system to track and map available state and local resources, such as generators and water treatment equipment.