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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The Portage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (PC OHS/EM) operates within the realm of public safety and is tasked with the overall preparedness and resiliency mission of Portage County. PC OHS/EM was established in 1989 by today’s ORC 5502.271 as a countywide emergency management program under the chief executives of the county. Essential deliverables are the annual review or development of the county all-hazards emergency operations plan and an annual exercise(s) testing such plan. ORC 5502 emergency management provisions provide guidance to the director/coordinator of EMA’s to deliver preparedness programs beyond the broad scope of solely the planning and the development/performance of exercises. In Portage County, the EMA is much more than planning and exercises to our local communities and county as a whole. The EMA is the essential cornerstone of a local government’s capability to coordinate and collaborate during disaster situations. The EMA’s ability to embrace and engage stakeholders is a necessary, if not the most influential part of an emergency management program. Limited on resources, the EMA relies heavily on partnerships so that the right resources are called at the right time to complete the right task. These partnerships lead our department to the individual or agency identified for their specific capability/resource and is often outlined in the Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). This includes training in emergency management concepts and being well-versed in the Emergency Operations Center if the need occurs. With countless emergency and disaster situations occurring locally and nationally, 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 natural disasters including: tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, winter storms, general severe weather etc. and public health emergencies, active threat/crisis events, nuclear disasters and other types of emergencies 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 https://www.portagecounty-oh.gov/portage-prepares 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 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

All shared, commented on or otherwise posted material on government owned social media accounts is subject to Ohio Public Records Law. Departmental websites, web pages or social media sites serve as a mechanism for communication between the public and the department and the following guidance is established:

The department will remove any postings containing confidential personal information or infringing on copyrights, trademarks or other intellectual property where permission for use has not been granted by the property holder. The department reserves the right to remove any material appearing to be spam, malware or other material potentially harmful to County property. The department reserves the right to remove content that includes vulgarity, personal attacks and content that discriminates or harasses on the basis of race, color, religion, s*x, age, national origin, disability, military status, genetic testing, s*xual orientation, gender identity or expression or other intrinsic personal characteristics. Statements advocating illegal activity or advertising commercial products, or services will not be tolerated and are also subject to removal. The department reserves the right to remove content that is inflammatory in nature or creates a personal attack against another member of the public or a member of the department. Social Media Policy and Online Content Terms of Use Statement can be found in Appendix B of the Portage County Board of Commissioners Personnel Policy Manual:

https://www.portagecounty-oh.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif3706/f/uploads/ppm_-_effective_january_28_2020.pdf

Operating as usual

Looking for a vaccination clinic? #PortagePrepares
04/12/2021

Looking for a vaccination clinic? #PortagePrepares

Ohio has several mass vaccination clinics across state this week. Learn more ➡ bit.ly/OhioMassVax

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH
04/12/2021

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

Showers with a few thunderstorms are expected today, mainly in Northeast Ohio and Northwest Pennsylvania. High temperatures will be in the upper 50s to lower 60s today then rebound solidly into the 60's on Tuesday. A cold front will bring near to below normal temperatures for the remainder of the week.

ROAD CLOSURE BRIMFIELD TOWNSHIP From the #PortageCountyOH Engineer’s Office: SUNNYBROOK ROAD, BRIMFIELD TOWNSHIP, WILL B...
04/12/2021

ROAD CLOSURE BRIMFIELD TOWNSHIP From the #PortageCountyOH Engineer’s Office: SUNNYBROOK ROAD, BRIMFIELD TOWNSHIP, WILL BE CLOSED TUESDAY, 4-13-21, 8:00 A.M. TO 3:30 P.M. FOR A CULVERT REPLACEMENT AT 3140 SUNNYBROOK ROAD. CLOSURE IS BETWEEN OLD FORGE ROAD AND SAXE ROAD. SCHOOL BUSES WILL NOT BE PERMITTED THROUGH. #PortagePrepares Brimfield Police Department

ROAD CLOSURE RAVENNA TOWNSHIPFrom #PortageCountyOH Engineer’s Office: NEW MILFORD ROAD, RAVENNA TOWNSHIP, WILL BE CLOSED...
04/11/2021

ROAD CLOSURE RAVENNA TOWNSHIP

From #PortageCountyOH Engineer’s Office: NEW MILFORD ROAD, RAVENNA TOWNSHIP, WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, 4-12-21, 8:00 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M., FOR CULVERT REPLACEMENT AT 5658 NEW MILFORD. CLOSED BETWEEN LAKE STREET AND HAYES ROAD. BUSES WILL NOT BE PERMITTED THROUGH.
#PortagePrepares

PLEASE SHARE! #PortagePrepares
04/11/2021

PLEASE SHARE! #PortagePrepares

❗UPDATE ON THE APRIL 13TH KSU CLINIC; SPOTS ARE NOW FILLED - PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER THIS WEEK!

Volunteer opportunity with the Portage County Health District! #PortagePrepares
04/10/2021

Volunteer opportunity with the Portage County Health District! #PortagePrepares

To volunteer with us visit this website: https://www.ohioresponds.odh.ohio.gov/ and follow directions below ⬇

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH
04/09/2021

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

Along with the warm temperatures, shower and thunderstorm chances will increase on Saturday with lingering scattered showers and cooler conditions on Sunday.

Line of thunderstorms headed Cleveland to Western PA impacting Portage CountyAt 543 PM EDT, radar indicated strong thund...
04/08/2021

Line of thunderstorms headed Cleveland to Western PA impacting Portage County

At 543 PM EDT, radar indicated strong thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Cleveland to 8 miles southwest of Wellsville. Movement was east at 50 mph. Outflow from these storms will cause strong wind gusts. Wind gusts up to 50 mph are possible with these storms. Locations impacted include... Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, Warren, Painesville, Ashtabula, Willowick, Conneaut, Salem, Ravenna, Columbiana, Chardon, Fairport Harbor, Geneva-On-The-Lake, Parma, Lakewood, Cuyahoga Falls, Euclid and Mentor. If outdoors, consider seeking shelter inside a building. #PortagePrepares #PortageCountyOH

Ohio Department of Health
04/08/2021

Ohio Department of Health

COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments Available! Appointments are available at many of our mass vaccination sites across the state this week, including in Wilmington, Lima, Fostoria, and Marietta. Schedule your vaccination today: gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov #InThisTogetherOhio

04/08/2021
US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

Temperatures will remain well above average today. Rain chances increase from west to east from mid afternoon into the evening. A few thunderstorms will be possible. #CLEwx

04/07/2021
US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

You should always have multiple weather information sources and a NOAA Weather Radio is a great item to have in your safe place during severe weather! We will be conducting our weekly NOAA Weather Radio test between 11 AM and Noon today 📻

Portage County Health District
04/06/2021

Portage County Health District

Updated Information on 2nd dose scheduling from the March 30th vaccine clinic at the KSU Field House.

PLEASE READ BELOW ⬇️

Portage Prepares's cover photo
04/05/2021

Portage Prepares's cover photo

ROAD CLOSURE From #PortageCountyOH Engineer’s Office: Johnny Cake Road will be closed at the Intersection of Hartville R...
04/05/2021

ROAD CLOSURE
From #PortageCountyOH Engineer’s Office: Johnny Cake Road will be closed at the Intersection of Hartville Road. Closure will be 4/6/2021 from 8:00 A.M. To 2:30 P.M. for a cross over replacement. #PortagePrepares

04/05/2021
US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

Register today for the last Skywarn spotter training set for tomorrow, April 6, 10 am. #PortagePrepares #PortageCountyOH

Our last Skywarn spotter training session of the year is tomorrow, April 6th at 10 AM! This will be your last chance to learn how to spot and report severe weather this spring. More details and registration information can be found here: https://www.weather.gov/cle/SKYWARN_schedule

Kent Police Department
04/05/2021

Kent Police Department

🚔🚒 BATTLE OF THE BADGES 🚒🚔

The Kent Police Department will once again be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday April 13th. Please register your spot ahead of time at www.redcrossblood.org

#kpdohio #kentohiopolice #cityofkentfire #kentohio #americanredcross #battleofthebadges #respondtothecall

ROAD CLOSURE ROOTSTOWN TOWNSHIPFrom the #PortageCountyOH Engineer’s Office: New Milford Road, Rootstown Township, will b...
04/05/2021

ROAD CLOSURE ROOTSTOWN TOWNSHIP

From the #PortageCountyOH Engineer’s Office: New Milford Road, Rootstown Township, will be closed between Hayes Road and Sandylake Road Monday 4/5/21.

Work is being done at 5267 New Milford between 8:15 A.M. and 2:30 P.M. for Cross Over Replacement.

School buses will not be permitted through.
#PortagePrepares

04/01/2021
US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

The threat for heavy snowfall across the area is beginning to end this afternoon, though a few pockets of scattered snow showers will linger through the evening. Sunshine returns tomorrow! (albeit still chilly) #OHwx #PAwx

04/01/2021
US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

An intense #LakeEffect snow band is moving through the #Cleveland metro down to Akron area. Very low visibility and rapidly changing road conditions are likely under this heavy snow band. Take it very SLOW!
#OHwx #PAwx #ThisIsCLE #NWS #CLEwx #Ohio #AprilFools #AprilFoolsDay

Ohio Department of Transportation - Akron / Canton District 4
04/01/2021

Ohio Department of Transportation - Akron / Canton District 4

***UPDATED POST***
SUMMIT COUNTY: Interstate 77 northbound and southbound between Ghent Rd. and the Summit / Cuyahoga County line IS NOW OPEN AS OF 3:20 P.M.

Ohio Department of Transportation - Akron / Canton District 4
04/01/2021

Ohio Department of Transportation - Akron / Canton District 4

***UPDATED POST***
PORTAGE COUNTY: State Route 14 between Interstate 76 and SR 5 is now OPEN as of 10:15 A.M.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month! Texting and Driving:🟪Takes your eyes off of the road 🟪 Takes your hands off...
03/31/2021

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month! Texting and Driving:
🟪Takes your eyes off of the road
🟪 Takes your hands off the wheel
🟪 Takes your focus off driving

The texts can wait. Join us in the fight against distracted driving to reduce preventable crashes, injuries, and deaths.
#PortagePrepares #PortageCountyOH

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH
03/31/2021

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

Periods of lake enhanced and effect snow are expected generally south of Lake Erie tonight through Thursday night. Springtime snowfalls are especially difficult to predict, so this forecast is subject to change. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and weather.gov/cle for updates.

Ohio Department of Transportation - Akron / Canton District 4
03/31/2021

Ohio Department of Transportation - Akron / Canton District 4

***Updated Post***
PORTAGE COUNTY: The ramp from Interstate 76 eastbound at State Route 44 south is now open as of 8:20 P.M.

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH
03/30/2021

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

Low pressure and a cold front will move across the region on Wednesday bringing cooler conditions with highs in the 50s.

03/30/2021
Portage County Health District

IMPORTANT INFORMATION IF YOU RECEIVED 1ST VAX DOSE AT KSU ON MARCH 30

If you received a 1st dose vaccine at the KSU Field House today, Tuesday, March 30th, please note the access code you were given to schedule your second dose appointment is not working due to an error in the ODH Vaccine Management System.

You will be receiving a robocall informing you of this information from the Ohio Department of Health. This may be a 614 area code. You will receive a second call in the next few days that will schedule you for your second dose.

The Portage County Health District does not control the scheduling system. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we onboard onto the ODH scheduling system.

The ODH line is 1-866-982-1979.

Ohio Department of Health
03/30/2021

Ohio Department of Health

All Ohioans 16+ are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Schedule your vaccination today: gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. #InThisTogetherOhio

Portage County Mass Vaccination Clinic at KSU Field House today!To see if there are appointments available today go to: ...
03/30/2021

Portage County Mass Vaccination Clinic at KSU Field House today!

To see if there are appointments available today go to: https://gettheshot.coronavirus.
#PortagePrepares #PortageCountyOH

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments STILL AVAILABLE for Tomorrow, March 30th Mass Vaccination Clinic at the KSU Field House!
**Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines will be available.

To Schedule your appointment go to:
https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/

(All of Ohioans and able to attend this clinic)

RANFIELD ROAD CLOSUREFrom #PortageCountyOH Engineer’s Office: Ranfield Road between Saxe Road and Old Forge Road will be...
03/30/2021

RANFIELD ROAD CLOSURE
From #PortageCountyOH Engineer’s Office: Ranfield Road between Saxe Road and Old Forge Road will be closed on 3-30-2021 between 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. #PortagePrepares

To schedule your appointment go to: https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/Please Note: The 10:00am - 11:15am appointme...
03/29/2021

To schedule your appointment go to:
https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/
Please Note: The 10:00am - 11:15am appointments are all booked as 1:30 today. Please click on other time slots for available appointments.

#PortagePrepares #PortageCountyOH

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments STILL AVAILABLE for Tomorrow, March 30th Mass Vaccination Clinic at the KSU Field House!

**Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines will be available.

To Schedule your appointment go to:
https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/

(All of Ohioans and able to attend this clinic)

Please Note: The 10:00am - 11:15am appointments are all booked as 1:30 today. Please click on other time slots for available appointments.

ROAD CLOSURE #PortageCountyOH
03/29/2021

ROAD CLOSURE #PortageCountyOH

UPDATE!
PORTAGE COUNTY: State Route 303 between SR 82 and SR 88 is now open as of 10:25 A.M.

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH
03/29/2021

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

There's hope if you're looking for some warm weather! The Climate Prediction Center is highlighting our area for chances of above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation in their 8-14 day outlook.

03/27/2021
Kent Police Department

🚨🚨🚨 Road is OPEN TO TRAFFIC 🚨🚨🚨
S. Water St (STHY 43) between Beryl & Cherry/Bowman is now OPEN TO TRAFFIC

Thank you to officers who spent 5 hours at the scene securing the area and directing traffic. Thank you to the service department for quickly responding with barricades & thank you to Ohio Edison for their quick response time even in storm mode.
We greatly appreciate all of you & appreciate all that you do!
#kpdohio #kentohiopolice #kentservicedepartment #ohioedison

🚧🚧🚧 ROAD CLOSED 🚧🚧🚧

Please avoid the area of S Water(STHY 43) between Bowman/Cherry & Beryl . The road will be shut down for approximately the next 5 hours due to a no injury accident involving down LIVE power lines. Please find an alternate route. Thank you in advance!

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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 s*xual 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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