State launches initiative to help businesses stay safer

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Public Safety has launched a new effort to help keep businesses safer.

The My Safer Ohio Business clearinghouse, established in partnership with the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, provides businesses with resources and information that can be used to deter and respond to attacks and promote survival resiliency in the event of an attack, according to an ODPS news release.

Tools include layered physical security, cyber security hygiene, and information previously shared only with governmental entities that will allow Ohio businesses to better protect their customers, employees and property in light of recent attacks by individuals and small groups on people in and around businesses.

“The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, representing over 7,500 members statewide, is excited about this partnership with the Ohio Department of Public Safety,” stated Gordon M. Gough, the council’s president/CEO. “We feel that this resource will provide our members with critical information to not only help protect their businesses, but make it easier to access key state services. Today we have provided all our members with details regarding the My Safer Ohio Business clearinghouse.”

This partnership opens the door for businesses to have access to a variety of resources, safety tools and information to aid in the development of emergency plans, training, communication and collaboration. Programs such as the Ohio Public Private Partnership, Emergency Partner Credentialing System as well as various templates are available for all businesses in one central location.

“Partnerships are key to success,” stated ODPS Director John Born. “The goal of this partnership is simple; create a stronger, safer and more resilient state of Ohio.”

Partner organizations will also have the ability to submit and share topical information and resources through the clearinghouse.

For more information, visit the My Safer Ohio Business clearinghouse at