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 revi

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 revi

Operating as usual

07/24/2021
07/22/2021

How dangerous is the Cuyahoga River running right now? Hear the latest from Capt. Dave Moore of the City of Kent Fire Department and the Portage County Water Rescue Team (PCWRT). Portage County Incident Management Assistance Team #PortagePrepares

A new weather alert coming to a smartphone near you! #PortagePrepares
07/22/2021

A new weather alert coming to a smartphone near you! #PortagePrepares

Starting July 28, Severe Thunderstorms deemed “destructive” will activate a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) on smartphones. Criteria for a destructive threat is at least 2.75 inch diameter hail and/or 80 mph thunderstorm winds.

Read more: weather.gov/news/072221-svr-wea

Photos from US National Weather Service Cleveland OH's post
07/21/2021

Photos from US National Weather Service Cleveland OH's post

ROAD CLOSURE FREEDOM TWP TODAY, 7-21-21From the #PortageCountyOH Engineer’s Office: Hankee Rd, Freedom Twp, will be clos...
07/21/2021

ROAD CLOSURE FREEDOM TWP TODAY, 7-21-21
From the #PortageCountyOH Engineer’s Office: Hankee Rd, Freedom Twp, will be closed 7-21-21, 8a-4p. Closure between Nichols and SR 88 at 7740 Hankee. #PortagePrepares

ROAD CLOSURE FREEDOM TWP TODAY, 7-21-21
From the #PortageCountyOH Engineer’s Office: Hankee Rd, Freedom Twp, will be closed 7-21-21, 8a-4p. Closure between Nichols and SR 88 at 7740 Hankee. #PortagePrepares

Welcome home, Ohio Task Force 1! Thank you for taking on a tough job!
07/17/2021

Welcome home, Ohio Task Force 1! Thank you for taking on a tough job!

07/17/2021
07/17/2021

Portage County Water Resources: The Boil Advisory has been lifted for the Lake Royale and The Pines area. Thank you for your patience!

07/16/2021

Boil alert for Lake Royale & The Pines still in effect. Water line repaired.

07/16/2021

On Friday, July 16, the Streetsboro Fire Department, with cooperation from the Streetsboro School District and Streetsboro Parks & Recreation, will land a helicopter as part of the weeklong Safety Land activities.

The landing is expected to take place between 9AM and 11AM Friday morning on the practice field next to the Streetsboro Schools Annex building (former middle school). Traffic along Kirby Lane and Annalane Drive will be stopped during the landing for safety purposes.

We are notifying the general public in advance to prevent concern and fear among residents that will hear and see the helicopter as they land and take off. This event is for Safety Land participants only.

Streetsboro City School District
Streetsboro Parks & Recreation

FLASH FLOOD WATCH UNTIL 8AM SATURDAY JULY 17#PortageCountyOH #PortagePrepares
07/16/2021

FLASH FLOOD WATCH UNTIL 8AM SATURDAY JULY 17

#PortageCountyOH #PortagePrepares

07/15/2021

**WATER ALERT***
WATER OUTAGE LAKE ROYALE AND THE PINES AREA

A Water Main Break has occurred in the vicinity of Lake Royale and the Pines in the Twin Lakes area. Portage County Water Resources staff have responded and the water is being shut off in order to complete the necessary repairs.

Water service is expected to be off for approximately 4 hours.

Once water service is restored there will be a 24 hour boil alert. If you have any questions please contact Portage County Water Resources at 330-297-3685.

#PortageCountOH #PortagePrepares

Portage County Health District Portage County Sheriff's Office - Ohio Kent City Health Department Kent Police Department City of Kent Fire Department

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07/15/2021

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Warmer and breezy today. Scattered thunderstorms late afternoon across the west, moving east overnight.

Be prepared for locally heavy rain Friday into Friday night as another frontal boundary stalls over northern Ohio. Flooding will be possible.

07/14/2021

Temperatures will climb well into the 80's on Thursday. Showers and thunderstorms will begin to develop across northwest Ohio late in the afternoon or early evening and spread east.

07/14/2021

Some isolated/scattered showers and storms possible through midday, mainly across far NE OH and NW PA. Mainly conditions this afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s.

THE INTERSECTION OF OLD FORGE ROAD AND NEWTON STREET IS NOW OPEN. From the #PortageCountyOH Engineer’s Office #PortagePr...
07/13/2021

THE INTERSECTION OF OLD FORGE ROAD AND NEWTON STREET IS NOW OPEN. From the #PortageCountyOH Engineer’s Office #PortagePrepares

THE INTERSECTION OF OLD FORGE ROAD AND NEWTON STREET IS NOW OPEN. From the #PortageCountyOH Engineer’s Office #PortagePrepares

Driving through flooded roadways can be deadly. Watch & share this @NWS video to see why: https://youtu.be/eI6mIlHKrVY #...
07/13/2021
Turn Around Don't Drown PSA

Driving through flooded roadways can be deadly. Watch & share this @NWS video to see why: https://youtu.be/eI6mIlHKrVY #TurnAroundDontDrown #PortageCountyOH #PortagePrepares

Never Drive or Walk into Flood Waters - Turn Around Don’t Drown! Flooding is one of the leading causes of weather related fatalities in the U.S. On average, ...

Learn what to do before, during & after a flood by visiting: www.ready.gov/floods #FloodSafety #PortageCountyOH #Portage...
07/13/2021

Learn what to do before, during & after a flood by visiting: www.ready.gov/floods #FloodSafety #PortageCountyOH #PortagePrepares

Learn what to do before, during & after a flood by visiting: www.ready.gov/floods #FloodSafety #PortageCountyOH #PortagePrepares

07/13/2021

FLASH FLOOD WARNING UNTIL 7:30 PM
#PortageCountyOH

The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a * Flash Flood Warning for... Portage County in northeastern Ohio... Central Stark County in northeastern Ohio... * Until 730 PM EDT. * At 232 PM EDT.

Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Between 1 and 2 inches of rain have fallen.

Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

HAZARD...Flash flooding caused by thunderstorms.
SOURCE...Doppler radar.
IMPACT...Flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage and low lying areas. *

Some locations that will experience flash flooding include... Canton, Ravenna, Massillon, Kent, Green, Tallmadge, North Canton, Streetsboro, Louisville, Mogadore, Hartville, Garrettsville, Navarre, Mantua, Aurora, Brimfield, Randolph, Atwater, Edinburg and Windham.

Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are possible in the warned area. Areas are quite vulnerable to heavy rainfall after recent heavy rain events. #PortagePrepares

07/13/2021

FLASH FLOOD WARNING
UNTIL 7:30 PM
PORTAGE COUNTY OH

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07/13/2021

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Beware of heat exhaustion or heat stroke during hot weather. Follow these tips to respond and stay safe:

🌡️ Move to a cooler place
💦 Put a cool, wet cloth on your body
🚑 Call 911 for emergency medical care

More: cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.html

ROAD CLOSED DUE TO DOWNED POWER LINESALERT FROM #PortageCountyOH ENGINEER'S OFFICE: The intersection of Old Forge Road a...
07/13/2021

ROAD CLOSED DUE TO DOWNED POWER LINES

ALERT FROM #PortageCountyOH ENGINEER'S OFFICE: The intersection of Old Forge Road and Newton Street is closed due to powerlines. Newton is closed at S.R. 532 and Old Forge at Washburn and Mogadore Roads. #PortagePrepares

ROAD CLOSED DUE TO DOWNED POWER LINES

ALERT FROM #PortageCountyOH ENGINEER'S OFFICE: The intersection of Old Forge Road and Newton Street is closed due to powerlines. Newton is closed at S.R. 532 and Old Forge at Washburn and Mogadore Roads. #PortagePrepares

#turnarounddontdrown...keep humming that tune as you are driving and come across flooded roads, #PortageCountyOH!Just a ...
07/13/2021
Turn Around, Don't Drown PSA Music Video featuring Matt Hawk

#turnarounddontdrown...keep humming that tune as you are driving and come across flooded roads, #PortageCountyOH!
Just a few inches of moving water can move your vehicle! And remember to stay out of rivers, creeks and streams which are running fast. #PortagePrepares

Written, composed and performed by Matt Hawk Learn more: weather.gov/TADDProducer: Linda TaylorDirector: Bob SchwartzAdditional versions (spoken, Spanish): h...

07/13/2021
Portage County Citizens! Please share your storm damage! REPORT HOME, BUSINESS FLOODING TO PORTAGE COUNTY EMA.The Portag...
07/13/2021
Storm Damage Reporting | Portage County OH

Portage County Citizens! Please share your storm damage!
REPORT HOME, BUSINESS FLOODING TO PORTAGE COUNTY EMA.

The Portage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has received numerous calls about flooding throughout the county after recent significant rainfall.

We encourage residents who are experiencing flooding to report damage affecting primary residences and businesses to the EMA.
Make the online reports through the link below.

You can also access the reporting form on the Portage County Emergency Management App available for free for Apple and Android smart phones.

Unable to access online forms? Call the EMA office M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 330-297-3607. Reporting your damages helps the county gauge the severity of the incident.

Attached is a link to report your storm damage:

https://www.portagecounty-oh.gov/homeland-security-emergency-management/pages/storm-damage-reporting

To report damages from severe weather i.e.

07/12/2021

More showers and thunderstorms are expected across portions of the area this afternoon and evening. Heavy rainfall rates of 1-2" per hour are expected with slow moving thunderstorms, bringing an increased risk for flash flooding across portions of northern Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect from Noon today through 10 PM. Be alert for potential advisories or warnings this afternoon and evening!

ROAD CLOSURE PALMYRA TOWNSHIP 7-12-21From the #PortageCountyOH Engineer's Office: McClintocksburg Road, Palmyra Township...
07/12/2021

ROAD CLOSURE PALMYRA TOWNSHIP 7-12-21
From the #PortageCountyOH Engineer's Office: McClintocksburg Road, Palmyra Township, will be closed today 7-12-21 at 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for culvert replacement at the intersection of Whipporwill and McClintocksburg. The culvert address is 4540 McClintocksburg Road. Closure is between Cable Line and Tallmadge Roads. #PortagePrepares

ROAD CLOSURE PALMYRA TOWNSHIP 7-12-21
From the #PortageCountyOH Engineer's Office: McClintocksburg Road, Palmyra Township, will be closed today 7-12-21 at 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for culvert replacement at the intersection of Whipporwill and McClintocksburg. The culvert address is 4540 McClintocksburg Road. Closure is between Cable Line and Tallmadge Roads. #PortagePrepares

07/11/2021

***UPDATED POST***
PORTAGE COUNTY: State Route 14 at SR 44 is now open as of 6:30 p.m.

Just to be aware but slight risk! #PortageCountyOH #PortagePrepares
07/11/2021

Just to be aware but slight risk! #PortageCountyOH #PortagePrepares

Heavy rain is expected across the area today along with the possibility of strong to severe storms, especially east of I-71 this afternoon and evening. Confidence on severe storms is low at this time. If strong to severe storms develop, a tornado or two and a few instances of damaging winds are possible.

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07/10/2021

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Another pleasant weather day is expected today (Saturday). Enjoy it while it lasts, because the heat and humidity 🌡🔥 returns on Sunday and will persist through the week, along with the chance for daily afternoon thunderstorms! #OHwx #PAwx

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07/09/2021

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Cooler and less humid weather is headed our way today, albeit at the expense of some cloud cover early in the day. A few light rain showers may be possible out east. Enjoy it because the heat 🔥🌡and humidity returns by the end of the weekend into next week. #OHwx #PAwx

Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Akron OH, Canton OH, Massillon OH until 2:45 PM EDT From US National Weather Servi...
07/07/2021

Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Akron OH, Canton OH, Massillon OH until 2:45 PM EDT From US National Weather Service Cleveland OH #PortageCountyOH #PortagePrepares

Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Akron OH, Canton OH, Massillon OH until 2:45 PM EDT From US National Weather Service Cleveland OH #PortageCountyOH #PortagePrepares

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

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

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