Portage Prepares

Portage Prepares An education program providing preparedness information for Portage County Ohio communities to prepare for tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, health emergencies, winter storms, pandemics, health epidemics, natural disasters, crisis events, nuclear disasters.
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Portage County is no stranger to weather emergencies and natural disasters. January, 2011 had Portage County EMA declaring a Level 1 emergency situation because of the hazardous roadways brought about by a winter storm. July, 2012 brought drought conditions to most of Portage County and by September, 2012 the U.S. Department of Agriculture declared Portage County a natural disaster area. Portage County has also seen tornadoes and earthquakes. Hiram Township is a potential risk area for tornadoes. Weather officials reported four tornadoes in 2011 alone. In 2011 there were seven earthquakes reported within 50 miles of Ravenna, Ohio. The potential for earthquakes in northeast Ohio continues to increase each year. According to Northeast Ohio Environmental Data Exchange Network, Portage County is described as a critical natural area based on the criteria of having wetlands, floodplains, steep slopes, and high ground water pollution potential. Typical thunderstorms can bring about heavy rains, flooding, and power outages to Portage County residents. The county is criss-crossed with transportation corridors including trains carrying hazardous materials that have the potential for accidents where toxic substances may be involved. With all of these emergency and disaster situations, Portage County residents need information on how to stay safe. Resident can reduce the risk of injury and loss of property if they have a local trusted resource for information. The Portage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and its Advisory Committee are undertaking the establishment of a preparedness education program encompassing print, social media and outreach activities to provide residents with needed information. Portage Prepares is a county-wide, long-term education program for preparing Portage County communities to meet the challenges of emergencies and/or disasters in order to be safe, reduce risks of injury and reduce property destruction. Specifically, it is an education program providing preparedness information for Portage County Ohio communities to prepare for tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, health emergencies, winter storms, pandemics, health epidemics, natural disasters, crisis events, nuclear disasters and other types of disasters that are relevant to Northeast Ohio. The information will be applicable to residents of these Ohio communities: Aurora, Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro, Garrettsville, Mantua, Hiram and Windham and the townships of Mantua, Hiram, Nelson, Franklin, Shalersville, Freedom, Ravenna, Charlestown, Windham, Brimfield, Rootstown, Edinburg, Paris, Suffield, Randolph, Atwater and Deerfield. The program is anchored by a dynamic web page at http://www.co.portage.oh.us/portageprep where citizens can find links to local, state and national resources for preparedness. The page on the Portage County government website also provide education that citizens will find valuable when making plans for staying safe when a storm hits or there is a health emergency. Portage Prepares is a under the auspices of Portage County Board of Commissioners and the Portage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and its Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee is a coalition of government and community organizations and institutions sharing resources, expertise and advising the county Board of Commissioners on the direction for the county’s Emergency Management System. Portage Prepares objectives are: • To educate Portage County citizens about how to prepare for the challenges of major weather events, disasters, health emergencies and other types of incidents. • To provide a long-term, county-wide resource for education about preparing for disasters, serious incidents, weather-related problems and health emergencies. • To prepare citizens to be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours of an emergency and/or disaster. • To motivate Portage County citizens so they can on their own reduce risks of injury or illness in the event of disasters, serious incidents and health emergencies. • To expand the resource to provide important information before, during and after a disaster, serious incident, weather-related problems, health emergencies or other types of incidents. Primary audiences for Portage Prepares education: • Educational institutions (including educators) • Elected officials to disseminate to local government including first responders • Community leaders • Adult head of households • Community organizations and social service providers • Senior population • Persons with disabilities • Media • Faith-based communities • Organizations that provide care to persons with disabilities • Business owners and managers, also to include utilities and persons responsible for infrastructure

Mission: Portage Prepares' mission is to be a preparedness education program for the citizens of Portage County to help them know how to prepare for and survive the challenges of major weather events, disasters, health emergencies and other types of incidents while being a resource for learning to thrive and recover from disaster.

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH: Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Garrettsville OH, Windham OH, Northeast ...
05/29/2020

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH: Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Garrettsville OH, Windham OH, Northeast corner of #PortageCountyOH and into Trumbull County until 3:00 PM. #PortagePrepares

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH
05/29/2020

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

Some strong to severe storms associated with a cold front will be possible later today. The primary threats are damaging winds and isolated pockets of large hail up to an inch. Storms will begin around noon and move east across the area through the evening hours. #OHwx #PAwx

Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County
05/28/2020

Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County

There are a lot of ways to check in with a friend about their mental health. Reach out, connect, and comfort each other while we all work our way through the COVID-19 crisis and social distancing. #OHStrive5 #InThisTogetherOhio

05/28/2020
Ohio Channel

Ohio Channel

May 28, 2020 #COVID19 Update with Governor Mike DeWine

Not in a good place right now? With anxiety, depression, substance abuse issues? There are resources to support you prov...
05/28/2020

Not in a good place right now? With anxiety, depression, substance abuse issues? There are resources to support you provided by the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County. Check out this graphic and if you need to talk call 330-678-HELP or 330-678-3006 for the addiction helpline. #PortageCountyOH #PortagePrepares #COVID19

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH
05/28/2020

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

An approaching cold front will bring showers and thunderstorms to the area on Friday, mainly during the afternoon/evening hours. Some of these storms could become strong to severe with damaging winds and large hail being the primary weather hazards.

Need to know how things are opening up for #ResponsibleStartOhio? Thanks to the Portage County Health District for shari...
05/28/2020

Need to know how things are opening up for #ResponsibleStartOhio? Thanks to the Portage County Health District for sharing sector opening information from Ohio. #PortagePrepares

Find the latest updated sector-specific operating requirements here: bit.ly/3eU4GmR #InThisTogetherOhio #ResponsibleRestartOhio

Ohio Department of Health
05/27/2020

Ohio Department of Health

Looking for printable materials for your business or organization related to COVID-19? We have resources to display common symptoms, protocols, and guidelines during Ohio's responsible restart. Find them here: https://bit.ly/2ZFrp0G

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH
05/27/2020

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

Hey guess what? Yet another hot day expected today, with temperatures getting into the mid 80s today. An isolated thunderstorm possible near the I-75 corridor this afternoon.

Streetsboro Fire Department
05/27/2020

Streetsboro Fire Department

State Route 14 CLOSED between Superior Ave. & Diagonal Road due to wires down across the road. Find alternate route. Avoid the area.

05/26/2020
Ohio Channel

Ohio Channel

May 26, 2020 #COVID19 Update with Governor Mike DeWine

Good info to know on a day like today! ☀️☀️☀️#PortagePrepares
05/26/2020

Good info to know on a day like today! ☀️☀️☀️
#PortagePrepares

As summer begins, dive into these tips for enjoying the pool and preventing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

• In or out of the water, stay 6 feet away from people who do not live with you.
• Stay home if you are not feeling well.
• Use cloth face coverings when not in the water. Children under 2 years of age or anyone who has trouble breathing should not use face coverings.
• Limit sharing of pool toys and equipment.

We are sad to share that #PortageCountyOH has now lost 58 residents to the #COVID19 disease and we now have 314 confirme...
05/26/2020
Overview

We are sad to share that #PortageCountyOH has now lost 58 residents to the #COVID19 disease and we now have 314 confirmed cases. When we last shared information on Friday, May 18 there were 53 deaths and 296 cases. We'll post Ohio information later today when they are released at 2 pm. We continue to think about the great loss to families and communities in our county and send our condolences. We will continue to work on the front lines of the response toward an end to the coronavirus disease in Portage. coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/dashboards

#PortagePrepares #COVID19OhioReady #ResponsibleRestartOhio

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05/26/2020
US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

Sick of the hot weather? Wondering where spring went? Well, don't you worry, spring weather will be back this weekend! We're looking at high temperatures in the 60s with mostly sunny skies on Saturday and Sunday 😎

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH
05/26/2020

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

Another day, another hot one! 🔥🔥 Expect high temperatures to reach into the upper 80s to low 90s this afternoon. Once again, some locations could be near record highs. A few thunderstorms will be possible, mainly for northwest Ohio.

In memory of the #PortageCountyOH men and women and all those who have served our country so valiantly. We pause today t...
05/24/2020

In memory of the #PortageCountyOH men and women and all those who have served our country so valiantly. We pause today to gratefully acknowledge their sacrifices and their bravery. All that they gave, even their lives, and the sacrifices of their families. We honor you this 2020 Memorial Day. #PortagePrepares

05/22/2020
Suffield Fire Department

Many thanks to Bob Dudley for his five decades of service to Suffield Fire Department and his years of volunteering for Portage County EMA and Portage County Incident Management Assistance Team! He’s an exceptional person, colleague and professional! #PortagePrepares

June 18, 1970, a young Bob Dudley joined the Suffield Fire Department. Won't you join us in taking a full month to gratefully acknowledge 50 years of dedicated service to his neighbors and our entire community. Bob understands what it means to be a public servant. It would be mind numbing to think about the number of times sleep has been interrupted, family events delayed or canceled due to emergencies, and the uncountable hours of training this man has submitted to through these years. We are so honored to have a man of this caliber serving with us, and through the years our members have harvested some of his wealth of knowledge. Bob, our hearty congratulations to you and ALL of Suffield Township sends our most sincere "Thank-You" for taking such good care of us for such a long time.

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH
05/22/2020

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

Another day with showers around but the warmer weather is coming over the weekend into Memorial Day.

05/21/2020
Ohio Channel

Ohio Channel

May 21 2020 #COVID19 Update with Governor Mike DeWine

Governor Mike DeWine
05/21/2020

Governor Mike DeWine

#Ohio's bars/restaurants can reopen for dine-in service today. 🍽 What should you expect when you go out to enjoy a meal? Read about the safety measures our dining establishments are taking here: bit.ly/2Lfuqfz

#StaySafeOhio
#InThisTogetherOhio
#ResponsibleRestartOhio

IMMEDIATE ROAD CLOSURE from #PortageCountyOH Engineer: New Milford Road is closed between Fairgrounds and Waterloo roads...
05/21/2020

IMMEDIATE ROAD CLOSURE from #PortageCountyOH Engineer: New Milford Road is closed between Fairgrounds and Waterloo roads in #RandolphTownshipOH. New Milford will remain closed until utility company removes wires at 1734 New Milford. #PortagePrepares

Here's the link to register for the FREE June 5 training for professionals: https://www.co.portage.oh.us/sites/portageco...
05/21/2020

Here's the link to register for the FREE June 5 training for professionals:

https://www.co.portage.oh.us/sites/portagecountyoh/files/pages/pc_training_application.pdf

Remember to indicate whether you would like to attend morning OR afternoon training! #PortagePrepares

Family & Community Services Exec Mark Frisone recently shared some sobering statistics about the response to feeding and...
05/20/2020

Family & Community Services Exec Mark Frisone recently shared some sobering statistics about the response to feeding and caring for the #PortageCountyOH community during #COVID19. At the end of our post, you'll find ways to volunteer and donate. #digdeep

🔸The level of service has been unprecedented. In March and April 2019 F&CS provided 54,000 meals; in 2020, 124,000 hot meals, senior adult meals through Mobile Meals and also groceries, virtually every one of those delivered with the help of the F&CS Emerald Transportation.

🔸He is #grateful to the community for donations that have also been unprecedented, both food items and financial contributions. "The community has been amazing. I am so proud to call Portage County home. This county has always responded this way," he said.

🔸F&CS is the only agency in the county that provides shelter to persons who are homeless. He said every bed is full and there are some persons in alternative shelter as hotels/motels serve a new temporary purpose.

🔸He thanked F&CS staff that have come through like champs as well as the staff at the Portage County Health District and Portage County EMA.

🔸The three agencies put together an alternative housing plan for persons with #COVID19 or those working with persons who are ill to have a place to live away from their families. "It has worked flawlessly," he added. Portage County EMA has been fielding calls from other counties interested in copying the program.

🔸Closely working with the educators at the PC Health District, the F&CS staff and volunteers have been able to avoid coming down with the illness.

🔸The education has made all the difference, he explained. "People are staying safe. I'm not sure how many Portage residents have been up close to a person with COVID. It's an eye-opening experience," Frisone shared from helping to transport some patients. "They can't complete a sentence. They are coughing violently. Their pallor is ashen. They don't have the strength to get in and out of the van and these are people coming out of the hospital. This is no flu I've ever seen."

🔸F&CS continues to urgently request food items or cash for for the meals program.

Make a donation: donatenow.networkforgood.org/1437984
Volunteer with Family & Community Services: bit.ly/3cQ7qjG
Volunteer with the Medical Reserve Crops: bit.ly/36jlFuE

#PortagePrepares

ROAD CLOSURE from #PortageCountyOH Engineer: Diagonal Road in #MantuaTownshipOH between Mennonite Road and Pioneer Trail...
05/20/2020

ROAD CLOSURE from #PortageCountyOH Engineer:
Diagonal Road in #MantuaTownshipOH between Mennonite Road and Pioneer Trail will be closed Thursday, May 21, 2020, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crews will be installing a catch basin on the northeast corner of Mennonite and Diagonal roads. #PortagePrepares

Thanks, Portage County Health District, for this link to the Ohio re-opening information. Check out opening dates and al...
05/20/2020

Thanks, Portage County Health District, for this link to the Ohio re-opening information. Check out opening dates and all of the safety requirements. #PortagePrepares #ResponsibleRestartOhio

Find the latest updated sector-specific operating requirements, including requirements for child care, gyms, pools, sports leagues, and campgrounds here: http://bit.ly/3eU4GmR #InThisTogetherOhio #ResponsibleRestartOhio

Important information for businesses from the Portage County Health District! #PortagePrepares #ResponsibleRestartOhio
05/20/2020

Important information for businesses from the Portage County Health District! #PortagePrepares #ResponsibleRestartOhio

For businesses who have not been operating for awhile make sure to flush out your water lines to prevent legionella!

#PortageCountyOH residents beware! #PortagePrepares
05/20/2020

#PortageCountyOH residents beware! #PortagePrepares

Portage County Health District
05/20/2020

Portage County Health District

Do you operate a pool or water playground? You can help prevent the spread of #COVID19. Follow these health & safety tips: https://bit.ly/2Wn9I44

Portage County Health District
05/20/2020

Portage County Health District

Older Ohioans: Sign up for the new Staying Connected service for the comfort of a daily call to make sure you are OK. http://aging.ohio.gov/stayingconnected… or call 1-833-ODA-CHAT. #InThisTogetherOhio #StaySafeOhio
#StayingConnectedOhio Ohio Department of Aging

Are you in need of mental health and/or substance abuse support in #PortageCountyOH during the #COVID19 pandemic? Staff ...
05/20/2020
COVID-19 pandemic impacts addiction epidemic

Are you in need of mental health and/or substance abuse support in #PortageCountyOH during the #COVID19 pandemic? Staff at Townhall II, the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County, Open United Recovery Place and Free Agents 4 Recovery are worried about clients and want them to reach out for support. This article in the Record Courier has information about local services including ways to access help. #PortagePrepares #ResponsibleRestartOhio

A friend of Jessika Easterling, executive director of Open United Recovery Place, told her before he died the lack of access to in-person Alcoholics

05/19/2020
Ohio Channel

Ohio Channel

May 19 2020 #COVID19 Update with Governor Mike DeWine

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH
05/19/2020

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

Hey parents and kids! NWS Cleveland will be hosting a virtual online "Weather Fun For Kids" event on Facebook Live Tuesday, May 19th at 1 pm EDT. One of our meteorologist will show how to make kid friendly weather experiments and have fun while learning about weather and science. You can also find some of the fun weather experiments on our special "Weather Fun For Kids" webpage. https://www.weather.gov/cle/WeatherFunForKids
***Please note that this virtual online event is subject to change or be cancelled due to weather or staffing.***

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Portage County Office Of Homeland Security And Emergency Management 8240 Infirmary Road, (Justice Center)
Ravenna, OH
44266

General information

Portage Prepares Social Media Policy: This information will provide you as the visitor to the Portage Prepares page with details about how posts are handled by the Portage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. This policy is in effect under the authorization of the Portage County Commissioners and the EMA Advisory Committee. PURPOSE Official Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management -Portage Prepares use of social media is intended to broaden the reach of communication and engagement with the community and stakeholders, while utilizing new platforms that offer methods of communicating beyond traditional sources of information such as the county website. Official social media tools will be used to: • Deliver public information, customer service to county residents • Advance countywide goals to education the public on disaster preparedness • Communicate directly to the public especially during emergencies/disaster The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management maintains the Portage Prepares social media sites on Facebook. Department staff will manage day-to-day operations of a social media site. Only county staff will serve as publishers. During times of activation of the Emergency Operations Center, members of the Public Information Group will be included in personnel using the Facebook and account. Portage Prepares will be posting • Relevant: Information that helps residents and pertains to their daily lives • Timely: Information about deadlines, upcoming events, news or related to current events. • Actionable: Information to register, attends, take action. Comments from Citizens Comments from the public are welcome on the Portage Prepares page. Comments will be monitored daily during working hours to ensure they meet certain criteria. County-created social media forums must be structured narrowly to focus discussions on a particular interest of Portage County rather than creating a “public forum.” Staff may only remove postings based on the guidelines below, not because a comment disagrees with county policy. The purpose of this site is to present matters of public interest in Portage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Portage County, including its many residents, businesses and visitors. We encourage you to submit your questions, comments, and concerns, but please note this is a moderated online discussion site and not a public forum. Once posted, the county reserves the right to delete these kinds of submissions containing: 1. Vulgar language 2. Personal attacks of any kind 3. Comments or content that promotes, fosters, or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, genetics, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, physical or intellectual disability or sexual orientation 4. Spam or links to other sites 5. Posts that are clearly off topic 6. Posts that advocate illegal activity 7. Posts that promote particular services, products, or political organizations 8. Posts that infringe on copyrights or trademarks 9. Personally identifiable medical information 10. Information that may compromise the safety, security or proceedings of public systems or any criminal or civil investigations. Please note that the comments expressed on this site do not reflect the opinions and position of the Portage County Government or its officers and employees. If you have any questions concerning this social media platform, please contact the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management at [email protected] Comments that do not meet these criteria shall be retained then deleted. Publishers will take screenshots of the original county post and the comment(s) that will be deleted. A description detailing why content was removed or deemed not suitable will be maintained Publishers may choose to reply to comments and engage residents in the same way we reply to phone and email inquiries, but business decorum will prevail and factual responses -- not opinions -- may be shared. Agency staff monitoring for and replying to comments will coordinate responses with other agencies, if appropriate, so the best response can be provided.

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Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

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