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.

04/17/2020
Ohio Channel

Ohio Channel

April 17, 2020 - #COVID19 Update with Governor Mike DeWine

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH
04/17/2020

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

Here is our updated snowfall forecast for the upcoming snow before it actually starts snowing this morning. Snowfall forecast has increased slightly for northwest Pennsylvania so inland Erie County, PA has been added to the Winter Weather Advisory.

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH
04/16/2020

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

Snow will move east across the area on Friday morning and afternoon. Snowfall totals of 3 to 5 inches are expected in Northwest Ohio, especially on grassy and elevated surfaces. Roads may become snow covered and slick, mainly on Friday morning. #OHwx #PAwx

04/16/2020
Ohio Channel

Ohio Channel

April 16, 2020 - #COVID19 Update with Governor Mike DeWine

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH
04/16/2020

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

Good news for all you snow lovers out there! Here is our latest forecast for accumulating snowfall beginning early Friday. Higher amounts could be possible depending on the timing and track of the system, especially across the higher elevations from Mansfield northeast to Chardon.

Latest state information for April 15, 2020 on #COVID19. In #PortageCountyOH, the loss of life is now 22 residents and 1...
04/15/2020

Latest state information for April 15, 2020 on #COVID19. In #PortageCountyOH, the loss of life is now 22 residents and 158 confirmed cases. Yesterday the information was 20 deaths and 146 cases. We extend our condolences to the families of our fellow community members at this difficult time. Information at: coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/dashboards

#PortagePrepares #COVID19OhioReady

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.Hazard Mitigation Planning Meeting April 16, 2020, 5 pmMaplewood Career Center7075 State R...
04/15/2020

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.
Hazard Mitigation Planning Meeting
April 16, 2020, 5 pm
Maplewood Career Center
7075 State Route 88, Ravenna, Ohio 44266
#PortagePrepares

Today's #COVID19 update for #Ohio begins at 2 p.m.Check your local media or: Television TV: Ohio's @PBS stationsRadio RA...
04/15/2020

Today's #COVID19 update for #Ohio begins at 2 p.m.

Check your local media or:
Television TV: Ohio's
@PBS
stations
Radio RADIO: Ohio's
@NPR
affiliates
Personal computer ONLINE: http://ohiochannel.org
#InThisTogetherOhio
#StayHomeOhio
#COVID19OhioReady

From the #PortageCountyOH Engineer's Office:Wayland Road between SR 14 & Yale is now open in #DeerfieldTownshipOH. #Port...
04/15/2020

From the #PortageCountyOH Engineer's Office:
Wayland Road between SR 14 & Yale is now open in #DeerfieldTownshipOH. #PortagePrepares

A message from the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County: Townhall II will be providing Project DAWN classes ...
04/15/2020

A message from the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County: Townhall II will be providing Project DAWN classes and distributing Project DAWN (Narcan) kits. Know someone who is at risk for an opioid overdose? Call Townhall II to schedule an an appointment at 330-678-3006. #PortagePrepares Portage County Health District

Latest state information on #COVID19. In #PortageCountyOH, the loss of life is now 20 residents and 146 confirmed cases....
04/14/2020

Latest state information on #COVID19. In #PortageCountyOH, the loss of life is now 20 residents and 146 confirmed cases. Yesterday the information was 17 deaths and 144 cases. Our condolences to the families of our fellow community members at this difficult time. Information at: coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/dashboards
#PortagePrepares #COVID19OhioReady

#COVID19 Dashboard for April 14, 2020 at Ohio Department of Health website: coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19...
04/14/2020

#COVID19 Dashboard for April 14, 2020 at Ohio Department of Health website: coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/dashboards
#PortagePrepares #COVID19OhioReady

04/14/2020
Ohio Channel

Starting soon...

Scheduled to begin at 2PM
April 14, 2020 - #COVID19 Update with Governor Mike DeWine

From the #PortageCountyOH Engineer's OfficeNew Milford Road, #RandolphTownshipOH, will be closed Wednesday, 4-15-20, for...
04/14/2020

From the #PortageCountyOH Engineer's Office
New Milford Road, #RandolphTownshipOH, will be closed Wednesday, 4-15-20, for a crossover pipe replacement. The road will be closed between Laubert and Pontius roads at 288 New Milford. #PortagePrepares

A podcast for business owners in the midst of #COVID19. When employees are dealing with a stressful event, how does that...
04/14/2020
How Stress Affects Workplace Safety

A podcast for business owners in the midst of #COVID19. When employees are dealing with a stressful event, how does that show up in the #workplace? From the Portage County Safety Council #PortagePrepares #COVID19OhioReady

Episode 149: Is stress really a safety concern? In this episode, Mike & Nic chat about stress before & during the COVID-19 pandemic and how it significantly impacts your workforce, even in regards to safety!  For more information about the Portage ...

Latest state information on #COVID19. In #PortageCountyOH. There have been 17 deaths and there are 144 cases. We last re...
04/13/2020

Latest state information on #COVID19. In #PortageCountyOH. There have been 17 deaths and there are 144 cases. We last reported numbers on April 10 which were 116 cases and the loss of 14 lives. #PortagePrepares #COVID19OhioReady

#Ohio's #COVID19 data for April 13, 2020.

Portage County Health District
04/13/2020

Portage County Health District

The Portage and Columbiana County WIC offices are still open by appointment. Please call and schedule your appointment. Infants and children do not need to attend the appointment. Portage County WIC: 330-297-9422 and Columbiana WIC: 330-424-7293

ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020 FROM #PortageCountyOH ENGINEERCongress Lake in #SuffieldTownshipOH ...
04/13/2020

ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020 FROM #PortageCountyOH ENGINEER

Congress Lake in #SuffieldTownshipOH is scheduled for closure tomorrow for culvert replacement at 1000 Congress Lake Rad. That closure will be between Steffy and Waterloo roads.

#PortagePrepares

ROAD CLOSED UNTIL LATER TODAYWayland Road is closed between SR 14 & Yale Road due to wires across the road.  Ohio Edison...
04/13/2020

ROAD CLOSED UNTIL LATER TODAY

Wayland Road is closed between SR 14 & Yale Road due to wires across the road. Ohio Edison estimates to have repair done today(Monday, April 13, 2020) at 5:00 p.m.

Information from #PortageCountyOH County Engineer.
#PortagePrepares

ROADS NOW REOPENED AFTER LAST WEEK'S STORMDiagonal Rd. - between Frost Rd. and Bartlett Rd.Saxe Rd. -between S.R. 43 and...
04/13/2020

ROADS NOW REOPENED AFTER LAST WEEK'S STORM
Diagonal Rd. - between Frost Rd. and Bartlett Rd.
Saxe Rd. -between S.R. 43 and Congress Lake Rd.
Old Forge - between S.R. 43 and Sunnybrook Rd.
McClintocksburg Rd. - between Whipporwill Rd. and Cable Line Rd.
McClintocksburg between Tallmadge and Scotts Corners
Laubert Road between SR 44 and Hartville
Brady Lake Road between Redbrush and Ravenna Road

#PortagePrepares
Information from the #PortageCountyOH County Engineer

04/13/2020
Ohio Channel

Ohio Channel

*Scheduled for 2PM
April 13, 2020 - #COVID19 Update with Governor DeWine, Dr. Amy Acton, and Lt. Governor Husted

04/13/2020
Ohio Channel

Ohio Channel

*Scheduled for 2PM
April 13, 2020 - #COVID19 Update with Governor DeWine, Dr. Amy Acton, and Lt. Governor Husted

CANCELLEDHIGH WIND WARNING ISSUED FOR #PortageCountyOH UNTIL 8PM US National Weather Service Cleveland OHIncluds surroun...
04/13/2020

CANCELLED
HIGH WIND WARNING ISSUED FOR #PortageCountyOH UNTIL 8PM
US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

Includs surrounding counties.
WHAT...West winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 60 mph expected.
WHERE...Lorain, Trumbull, Portage, Summit and Medina Counties.
WHEN...Until 8 PM EDT this evening. IMPACTS...Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Highest winds will likely occur during the afternoon hours. #PortagePrepares

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH
04/13/2020

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

Gusty winds are expected across the area today. The highest winds gusts will be from 10 AM through 6 PM. See weather.gov/cle for the latest warning/advisory and forecast information.

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH
04/13/2020

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

A strong storm system moving across the region will bring high winds to Northern Ohio and Northwest Pennsylvania on Monday.

Our condolences to the family, brother and sister firefighters and friends of the late Atwater Township Fire Chief Mel R...
04/11/2020

Our condolences to the family, brother and sister firefighters and friends of the late Atwater Township Fire Chief Mel Russell who was laid to rest today. Colleagues and local department engines processioned in a moving ceremony to send him on his way. His childhood friend, the Rev. Rich Hall of the Atwater Congregational Church, led the service. From the county and the Portage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, thank you for your leadership and caring service, Chief. Rest well.

#PortagePrepares
Sharing photos taken courtesy of community members. Thank you!

We are all on our devices at this critical time. Here's information about cyber exploitation that could victimize any of...
04/11/2020

We are all on our devices at this critical time. Here's information about cyber exploitation that could victimize any of us. Be safe out there! #PortagePrepares #COVID19 #COVID19OhioReady

We just released a joint advisory with our partner, UK National Cyber Security Centre, on the growing use of #COVID19 themes in malicious #cyber activity. Bad actors use #COVID19 to prey on people’s goodwill, curiosity and concern, and exploit organizations that establish remote work options.

Read the advisory to learn more about this activity and how you can mitigate risk to yourself and your networks: cisa.gov/news/2020/04/08/uk-and-us-security-agencies-issue-covid-19-cyber-threat-update

#NovelCoronavirus #Telework #WFH #Malware #Ransomware #InfoSec #CoronavirusOutbreak #CyberSmart

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH
04/11/2020

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

Today is the pick of the weekend. Warmer Sunday but with a few showers around. Monday is the day to look out for with strong winds expected along and behind a cold front. #ohwx #pawx

Here's a Record-Courier story about protective wear donations from KSU, some of which went to #PortageCountyOH EMA for d...
04/11/2020
Kent State pools resources for PPE donation

Here's a Record-Courier story about protective wear donations from KSU, some of which went to #PortageCountyOH EMA for distribution to health care and safely personnel in the county. Thanks, KSU! #PortagePrepares #COVID19 #COVID19OhioReady

They sifted through cabinets, reached deep into drawers and searched far into closets to find the coveted items: personal protective equipment.  As

04/11/2020
CDC

We know you want to be with family this week to celebrate spiritually important religious holidays. #Ohio is leading the nation as a state whose population is exceptional at social distancing. Keep your family safe. Explore all the ways to come together virtually! #PortagePrepares #COVID19 #COVID19OhioReady

One person can break a chain of COVID-19 infection. Help protect your family and community. Stay home. Wash your hands. When out for essential trips, wear a cloth face covering, and keep at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others. https://bit.ly/3aVQc3g

04/11/2020
CDC

CDC

Ask CDC: Will taking anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen worsen symptoms of COVID-19?
Dr. John Brooks, CDC’s Chief Medical Officer for the COVID-19 emergency response, explains what is known about anti-inflammatory drugs and coronavirus.

Is this on your mind for yourself and a someone you know?#PortagePrepares #COVID19 #COVID19OhioReady
04/11/2020

Is this on your mind for yourself and a someone you know?
#PortagePrepares #COVID19 #COVID19OhioReady

If you are 65 or older, you are at higher risk for getting seriously ill from coronavirus. Learn how you can take steps to protect yourself and slow the spread at coronavirus.gov.

You can run through this list pretty fast and be ready to head out the door with your mask! Thanks for all you do to pro...
04/11/2020

You can run through this list pretty fast and be ready to head out the door with your mask! Thanks for all you do to protect your community. #PortagePrepares

Volunteer and/or give blood! The usual blood donation levels have decreased sharply due to #COVID19. Go to RedCrossBlood...
04/10/2020

Volunteer and/or give blood! The usual blood donation levels have decreased sharply due to #COVID19. Go to RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-Red Cross (1-800-733-2767) to set up a blood donation appointment. Link to this April 29 blood drive in Kent: Emergency Blood Drives. To volunteer, go to http://redcross.org/volunteer. #PortagePrepares

As of March 25, nearly 9,000 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country due to coronavirus concerns, resulting in more than 300,000 fewer blood donations. If you are feeling healthy and well, we need volunteers to help support blood donations and deliver critical services to our communities. We also have a wide variety of important volunteer-from-home opportunities available. Find your opportunity to make a positive impact today! www.redcross.org/volunteer

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH
04/10/2020

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

The roller coaster that is April weather will continue over the next several days. Temps will warm up over the weekend, with 50s and 60s expected Saturday through Monday. Unfortunately, the warmth will be short-lived and temps will drop back into the 40s Tuesday and Wednesday.

04/10/2020
Ohio Channel

Ohio Channel

Scheduled for 2PM
April 10, 2020 - #COVID19 Update with Governor Mike DeWine

Portage Area RTA  issues #COVID19 recommendations for riders. PARTA also emphasizes that use of public transportation at...
04/10/2020

Portage Area RTA issues #COVID19 recommendations for riders. PARTA also emphasizes that use of public transportation at this time should be for essential reasons as outlined by state orders to protect public health.#PortagePrepares

PARTA has provided its drivers with face masks and is encouraging riders to wear them too. Other recommendations for passengers are to turn faces away from others and limit talking while boarding the bus and when a driver needs to secure a mobility device; sit 2 or 3 seats away from the driver and other passengers when possible; minimize coughing and sneezing; cover all coughs and sneezes; limit travel to essential trips only; and stay home if you are sick. Read more at www.partaonline.org.

04/10/2020
Portage Area RTA

Portage Area RTA emphasizes that use of public transportation at this time should be for essential reasons as outlined by state orders to protect public health. #PortagePrepares

PARTA is still in service. We will continue to be there for essential trips and Portage County’s essential workers who need us. Our buses are sanitized regularly as we maintain our efforts to provide safe trips for our riders in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

FEEDING COMMUNITY DURING #COVID19 - A message from Family & Community Services PLEASE SHAREAs you know COVID-19 has affe...
04/10/2020

FEEDING COMMUNITY DURING #COVID19 - A message from Family & Community Services PLEASE SHARE

As you know COVID-19 has affected the lives of so many. We as an organization are looking for volunteers to help us prepare and distribute food through our two food sites. Our two food sites are Kent Social Services and Ravenna Center of Hope providing meals to those less fortunate in our communities.

We are looking for volunteers to help us with the following:
1. Prepare to-go meals
2. Help deliver meals to the families and individuals in need.

SAFETY: Our first and foremost priority is the safety of our volunteers, staff, and our clients.

We are providing all of our volunteers with gloves and masks. There's little direct contact with other individuals when volunteering. Social distancing is taken extremely seriously, so we are making sure that everything is sanitized and gloves and masks are worn.

Social distancing policy is being implemented, CDC best practice policy. Staff and volunteers working in kitchen and pantry are directed to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds every hour, wear gloves and maintain distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.

More information to make a cash donation or drop off non-perishable or other items: bit.ly/2VmXaIh

Make a secure online donation: donatenow.networkforgood.org/1437984

To volunteer: email [email protected]

Update: The graphic for meals should read 28,000 for March 2019. Still a large increase to 2020.

#COVID19 #COVID19OhioReady

#PortagePrepares Portage County Health District Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County The Portage Foundation Kent Police Department Streetsboro Fire Department Streetsboro Police Department Portage County Job and Family Services Coleman Professional Services Townhall II Children's Advantage United Way of Portage County Ohio

#PortageCountyOH went from 108 confirmed #COVID19 on Wenesday, April 8, to 116 cases today. Loss of loved ones went from...
04/09/2020

#PortageCountyOH went from 108 confirmed #COVID19 on Wenesday, April 8, to 116 cases today. Loss of loved ones went from 8 persons to 14. Thanks to Portage County Health District for collecting these graphics. #PortagePrepares #COVID19OhioReady

Updated #COVID19 data just posted to http://coronavirus.ohio.gov

5,512 Confirmed Cases
1,135 Confirmed Healthcare Workers
497 ICU Admissions
1,612 Hospitalizations
213 Deaths
55,985 Tested

Note: Because #Ohio can currently only test the sickest individuals and those working on the frontlines, the total number of cases is most certainly higher.

#InThisTogetherOhio
#StayHomeOhio
#COVID19OhioReady

04/09/2020

ROAD RE-OPENED AFTER STORM

🔸 Old Forge between SR 43 & Sunnybrook Rd.

🔸 UPDATE: Only a section of McClintocksburg Rd. is open. Portage County Engineer's Office advises drivers and residents to find alternative routes and avoid McClintocksburg Rd. between Tallmadge Rd. and Scotts Corners.

#PortagePrepares

04/09/2020
Ohio Channel

Governor Mike DeWine's daily #COVID19 briefing now in progress on the Ohio Channel. #PortagePrepares

*Scheduled for 2PM
April 9, 2020 - #COVID19 Update with Governor Mike DeWine

Facing a decision about honoring religious beliefs and traditions this week of Easter and Passover? THANK YOU, #PortageC...
04/09/2020

Facing a decision about honoring religious beliefs and traditions this week of Easter and Passover? THANK YOU, #PortageCountyOH, for all you have done to #flattenthecurve in our communities and in #Ohio. Many local houses of worship are reaching out to congregations virtually and that is very much appreciated. The infographic from Ohio Department of Health gives a good way to look at how transmitting the disease from your participation in even small groups can cause #COVID19 to impact many. Easter services online; visits with family on Zoom; virtual Easter Egg hunts! So next year we can all be with families, sitting in the next chair at the table or at services. Thank you! #PortagePrepares

For ongoing updates, view our map at spr.ly/OHOutageMap or text STAT to 544487 for an update on your own reported outage...
04/09/2020

For ongoing updates, view our map at spr.ly/OHOutageMap
or text STAT to 544487 for an update on your own reported outage. #PortagePrepares

Good morning! Crews continue working around the clock to restore customers without power due to the severe storms that impacted our service area. About 7,800 customers remain without service, down from 94,200 total customers impacted. Additional FirstEnergy crews and contractor crews are assisting with restoration efforts.

The vast majority of customers will be restored by late tonight. In some parts of Akron, where the damage is most severe, restoration will extend into tomorrow because the remaining work is very labor intensive. For example, one job includes replacing six poles and several spans of downed power lines.

For ongoing updates, view our map at spr.ly/OHOutageMap or text STAT to 544487 for an update on your own reported outage.

We know this is a challenging time for all. Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding + support for our crews ♥️

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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 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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Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
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