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The Ohio Public-Private Partnership (OP3)

  • Mediterranean party Center 25021 Rockside Road Bedford Heights, OH, 44146 United States (map)

The Ohio Public-Private Partnership (OP3)



Russell J. Decker, Ph.D

Deputy Director

Ohio Department of Public Safety  Ohio Homeland Security
February 2013

Luncheon Meeting – 11:30 a.m. til 1 p.m.

Mediterranean Party Center

 25021 Rockside Road, Bedford Heights, 44146

In an effort to better serve Ohioans before, during and after a disaster, the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) relies on strong partnerships between citizens, government, higher education, and private business.  To strengthen these partnerships across the state, ODPS created the Ohio Public Private Partnership (OP3) program, an initiative designed to provide current information and situational awareness on disaster prevention, response, and recovery efforts to state agency and business executives, allowing decisions and resources to best support needs of the impacted community.

Dr. Decker will explain the principles of OP3 and how these efforts can assist public and private sector entities with returning to normal operations in the wake of a disaster by sharing critical information with OP3 members. It will provide situational awareness of imminent threats on a need to know basis through voluntary information sharing between OP3 members and build a comprehensive network of businesses, associations and state agencies to jointly participate in disaster prevention, planning, response, and recovery efforts.

Russell J. Decker was appointed Deputy Director with the Ohio Department of Public Safety in February 2015 currently assigned to Ohio Homeland Security and previously to the Ohio Emergency Management for nearly 20 years. 

Dr. Decker also serves as an adjunct professor at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.  He serves as Co-Chair (alternate) of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and is an instructor with the Ohio Fire Academy and the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission in the subjects of hazardous materials, bombs & explosives, and incident command.

All attendees must make their payment on or before the meeting, members cannot request to be invoiced.  Anyone making a reservation and do not attend without making a proper cancelation will be charged for the meeting.  This meeting qualifies as 1 of the 10 meetings that are required under the BWC’s Safety Council Rebate Program.   

IMPORTANT – For your organization to receive credit for attending the meeting you must stay until the end.   If you leave early, your organization may not receive credit for the meeting.                    

3rd Annual Food Drive

We will be conducting our 3rd Annual Food Drive at our monthly luncheon meetings in September and October.  We are asking our members and friends to bring nonperishable food items to these meetings.  The items collected will be given to the Greater Cleveland Foodbank.  The need for food in our area is growing and we want to help meet this need with your support.

We are also accepting cash donations.  A dollar goes much further when spent by the Foodbank because of their extended buying power.  Monetary donations will be accepted in the form of cash or check, and donations can be made with a credit card by calling the Safety Council Office.  Checks should be made payable to the Greater Cleveland Foodbank.

To show our appreciation to those who contributed to the Food Drive, the Safety Council will hold a raffle at the October luncheon meeting.  The raffle prize will be disclosed at the October meeting.  Those who participate will receive 1 raffle ticket for every 2 items or $2 that they donate.  There is no limit on donations so please be generous.  Donations will only be accepted at the September and October luncheon meetings.  The raffle prize will be available for pick-up at the October meeting.  The winner does not have to be present to win.