Franklin County Emergency Management’s Mission is to minimize loss of life, personal injury, damage to property or the environment caused by natural or man-made disasters that affect the community.
What is Emergency Management?
Emergency Management involves plans, structures and arrangements established to engage the normal endeavors of government, voluntary, and private agencies in a comprehensive and coordinated way to respond to the whole spectrum of emergency needs.
CONNECT FRANKLIN COUNTY!
The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more.
The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
The Affordable Connectivity Program is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
Are You or Someone You Know Eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program?
A household is eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program if the household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income internet program;
- Participates in one of these assistance programs:
- Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, including at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Eligibility Provision schools.
- Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program (Section 8 Vouchers)
- Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA)/202/811
- Public Housing
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Veterans Pension or Survivor Benefits
- or Lifeline;
Two Steps to Enroll
- Go to AffordableConnectivity.gov to submit an application or print out a mail-in application.
- Contact your preferred participating provider (Mediacom or Consolidated Communications) to select a plan and have the discount applied to your bill.
Free Smoke Alarms through Home Fire Campaign
While the American Red Cross is known for its role in large disaster responses, 80% of our disaster response activities are actually for home fires. Unfortunately, in the U.S. 7 people die from a home fire every single day. Having working smoke alarms in your home reduces the risk of home-fire-related fatalities by 50%. That is why the American Red Cross set a goal of reducing the incidence of fire related deaths and injury by 25% through smoke alarm installations and fire safety education. Anyone can request a smoke alarm through our website or by calling 1-833-244-0724.
As part of our grant, we are required to do 3 of 5 of the following with each client:
- Check pre-existing smoke alarms
- Install new smoke alarms
- Go over the Home Fire Safety Checklist (most common causes of house fires and how to avoid them)
- Go over Home Fire Escape plan (2 minutes or less, 2 ways out of every room, pre-designated meet up point, practice)
- Go over preparedness for local hazard (Hurricanes)
Franklin County Emergency Management and American Red Cross are partnering to bring these services to our residents.