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Portage Prepares An education program providing preparedness information for Portage County Ohio communities.

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

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02/03/2023

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Wind chills are 0 to -10 area-wide this morning with scattered lake effect snow showers. Most accumulations will be light, but Erie and Crawford Counties in PA are under a Winter Weather Advisory until 1 AM Saturday for up to a few additional inches of accumulation.

02/03/2023

Periods of light to occasionally moderate lake-effect snow expected generally southeast of Lake Erie today and generally east of the lake early Saturday morning. Full details are at weather.gov/cle.

Weekend looks chillllleeee, ya’ll! Dress in layers. Check on the neighbors. Bring pets in. You know the drill.
02/02/2023

Weekend looks chillllleeee, ya’ll! Dress in layers. Check on the neighbors. Bring pets in. You know the drill.

Photos from US National Weather Service Cleveland OH's post
02/01/2023

Photos from US National Weather Service Cleveland OH's post

 Alert- Traffic Backup WB MP 187 (Portage)- Click link for details ow.ly/Hjh3T
01/31/2023

Alert- Traffic Backup WB MP 187 (Portage)- Click link for details ow.ly/Hjh3T

Baby, it’s cold outside! Dress in layers. Dress those family members in layers. Here’s a quick infographic with info and...
01/31/2023

Baby, it’s cold outside! Dress in layers. Dress those family members in layers. Here’s a quick infographic with info and graphics as a guide!

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01/31/2023

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🥶🥶Below-average temperatures are expected today with highs in the lower 20s. A light wind will make it feel slightly colder in the low teens.

The Winter Weather Advisory is set to end at 9 am!
01/30/2023

The Winter Weather Advisory is set to end at 9 am!

⚠⚠ A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for portions of north-central and northeast Ohio until 9 AM. Light snow and freezing drizzle may result in slick spots on untreated and/or elevated surfaces, especially before sunrise.

01/29/2023
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01/28/2023

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Another cloudy day is expected with highs ranging from the mid 30's to lower 40's.

01/27/2023
** THIS IS AN EXERCISE.** Another critical and valuable active shooter training yesterday at Northeast Ohio Medical Univ...
01/26/2023

** THIS IS AN EXERCISE.** Another critical and valuable active shooter training yesterday at Northeast Ohio Medical University with NEOMED Police, Rootstown Fire Dept, Portage County Sheriff's Office - Ohio and Ohio State Highway Patrol. Portage County EMA Director Ryan Shackelford led the training assisted by Deputy Director Brett Lee. Takeway? Working in a unified command to save lives. NEOMED Sgt. Shawn Parker was tasked as Incident Commander for the initial response. EMA has provided the training to Garrettsville Freedom Nelson Joint Fire District, Brimfield Police Department, Brimfield Fire Department, Streetsboro Fire Department, Streetsboro Police Department, Suffield Fire Department, Hiram Police Department, Atwater Fire Department, Randolph Volunteer Fire Company, Mantua Village Police, Mantua Shalersville Fire Department, Community EMS District, Village of Garrettsville Police Department, Aurora Police Department, Aurora Fire Department, Ravenna Police Department and Ravenna City Fire Department. Some 200 Portage County safety forces members have participated with a few more departments to go. EMA plans for a practice exercise sometime this year, another way local safety forces test their response muscle. Thanks to NEOMED PD Chief Williams, RFD Chief Palmer, OSP Lt. Louive and PCSO Lt. Muir for bringing their troops! ** THIS IS AN EXERCISE.**

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01/26/2023

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🚨🚨 Attention Students 🚨🚨
NWS Cleveland is seeking 2 motivated students for our Summer Student Volunteer Program. This program offers students the opportunity to assist in local office research & learn more about a career in the NWS. Applications are due March 1, 2023 Go to https://www.weather.gov/cle/studentvolunteer for more information and the link to apply!

01/26/2023

Just like taking out the trash, cleaning the bathroom, changing a lightbulb, or switching the TV remote’s
batteries, carbon monoxide (CO) alarms require routine upkeep so that they work correctly in your
home. To make sure your CO alarms are keeping your home safe, test them monthly and replace
batteries when they are low.

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01/26/2023

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Here is our forecast snowfall Today through Tonight. Heaviest of the snow should occur this afternoon then continue into Tonight.

01/25/2023

**LEVEL 1 Advisory has been lifted** Continue to drive careful and with caution.

01/25/2023

On the Ohio Turnpike:

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT EASTBOUND
From: MP 198.6 to MP 202.9 (Portage County) Length: 4.3 miles �Lanes Blocked: Left, Center Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission

01/25/2023

**A Level 1 Advisory has been issued by Sheriff Bruce D. Zuchowski** A Level 1 means roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Please, drive with extreme caution.

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01/25/2023

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Snow continues across the area this morning before changing to a wintry mix and then rain. Snow will persist across Northwest Ohio, where snowfall totals will reach 5 to 9 inches by tonight.

Thanks to Kent Police Department for sharing this!
01/25/2023

Thanks to Kent Police Department for sharing this!

The following information is from the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS)

Winter weather related Warnings, Watches and Advisories are issued by your local National Weather Service office. Each office knows the local area and will issue Warnings, Watches or Advisories based on local criteria. For example, the amount of snow that triggers a “Winter Storm Warning” in the Northern Plains is typically much higher than the amount needed to trigger a “Winter Storm Warning” in the Southeast.

+Warnings: Take Action!
+Watches: Be Prepared
+Advisories: Be Aware
Here are some more key terms to understand:

Freezing Rain: Rain that freezes when it hits the ground; creating a coating of ice on roads, walkways, trees and power lines.

Sleet: Rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes moisture on roads to freeze and become slippery.

Wind Chill: A measure of how cold people feel due to the combined effect of wind and cold temperatures; the Wind Chill Index is based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin. Both cold temperatures and wind remove heat from the body; as the wind speed increases during cold conditions, a body loses heat more quickly. Eventually, the internal body temperature also falls and hypothermia can develop. Animals also feel the effects of wind chill; but inanimate objects, such as vehicles and buildings, do not. They will only cool to the actual air temperature, although much faster during windy conditions.

Photos from US National Weather Service Cleveland OH's post
01/25/2023

Photos from US National Weather Service Cleveland OH's post

Photos from Ohio Department of Transportation - Akron / Canton District 4's post
01/25/2023

Photos from Ohio Department of Transportation - Akron / Canton District 4's post

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01/25/2023

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🔦 If you experience an outage due to today's weather, don't rely on your neighbors to report it. Customer outage reports help our crews identify damage locations + restore power faster.

⚠️ Stay at least 30 feet away from downed lines. Report them ASAP to 9-1-1.

01/25/2023
Here’s hoping your am commute is without problems!
01/25/2023

Here’s hoping your am commute is without problems!

01/25/2023
01/25/2023

WINTRY MIX ARRIVES TOMORROW, EXPECT A MESSY MORNING COMMUTE:

As the image below shows all of our region is now under a Winter Weather Advisory for our next winter storm which will bring a wintry mess to the area tomorrow. The Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for the predawn tomorrow through tomorrow afternoon.

A swath of snow will initially move into the region 3:30-6:30 AM tomorrow morning quickly turning steady with periods of moderate to even briefly heavy snowfall at times (up to 1"/hr rates) continuing throughout the morning. Warmer air aloft will then be surging in from the south allowing the snow to increasingly mix with sleet and then even a bit of freezing rain during the late morning to early afternoon timeframe. Activity will then transition over to rain showers during the mid-late afternoon as surface temperatures rise into the mid-upper 30s. However, the backside of this system will usher back in sub-freezing temps into Wednesday night allowing activity to change back over to lake enhanced snow showers which will continue into the day on Thursday.

In terms of totals, 2-5" of wet snow/sleet is expected across the region before the changeover to rain later tomorrow, though lake effect activity into Thursday will tack on additional amounts to this. Be prepared for slippery conditions and a hazardous morning commute tomorrow and use extra caution if out traveling! Additionally, expect any untreated wet surfaces to turn slick Wednesday night.

! WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 3 PM EST WEDNESDAY...* WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow ...
01/24/2023

! WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 3 PM EST WEDNESDAY...

* WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow and sleet accumulations of 3 to 4 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze.

* WHERE...Portions of north central, northeast and northwest Ohio.

* WHEN...From 3 AM to 3 PM EST Wednesday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Snow will overspread the area Wednesday morning before transitioning to a wintry mix and then rain by Wednesday afternoon. The heaviest snow is expected Wednesday morning when snow rates of up to 1 inch per hour may be possible.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Slow down and use caution while traveling.

The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Looking ahead to your commute on Wednesday…
01/23/2023

Looking ahead to your commute on Wednesday…

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01/23/2023

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Light snow showers across the area this morning will continue through this afternoon. Light accumulations up to one inch of new snow expected. Our next weather system will reach the area late Tuesday night for Wednesday, bringing snow that will change over to a wintry mix or rain for most. All areas will get a couple inches of snow by or during the Wednesday morning commute. Some portions of Northwest Ohio may stay all snow on Wednesday and snowfall totals will be greatest there.

 right in the middle of it!
01/22/2023

right in the middle of it!

Light snow overspreads the area today, producing 2-3" of snow areawide. Additional lake effect snow of 1-2" tonight for the snowbelt is expected.

01/22/2023

SNOW HAS BEEN MUCH HEAVIER THAN EXPECTED, HIGHER TOTALS:

The snow has been much heavier than anticipated so far today with rates up to 1" per hour in the heaviest bands. As such, 2-3" of snow has already fallen across many areas. Therefore, storm total accumulations of 3-6" are now expected across the region through tomorrow morning with isolated amounts up to 7" possible. Use extra caution if out traveling today!

01/22/2023

If you must go out today, PLEASE allow yourself some extra travel time throughout the day as the roads are snow covered and possibly slick in some areas.

Just a reminder to make sure that you clear all the snow and ice off your vehicles before driving. Make sure you clear off all windows as well as your headlights and brake-lights. You could receive a ticket for driving with an obstructive view if your vehicle is not cleared off.

Remember to allow yourself some extra travel time when the weather conditions change to snow & ice.

If you don't have to go out in this weather, don't!
Stay Warm! Stay Safe!

01/22/2023

Sheriff Fatheree has issued a LEVEL 1 SNOW EMERGENCY ADVISORY for Summit County. Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow and may be icy. Motorists are urged to drive cautiously.

01/22/2023

Light snow overspreads the area today, producing 2-3" of snow areawide. Additional lake effect snow of 1-2" tonight for the snowbelt is expected.

Tick, tick, tick, BOOM! #Are you kidding!?!?
01/21/2023

Tick, tick, tick, BOOM! #
Are you kidding!?!?

Saturday Safety: we hate to be the bearer of bad news, but with the warmer weather last week, they are out. Ranger Rebecca found a tick on herself this past Monday. Always check pets and yourself over after being in brushy areas. CDC image

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01/21/2023

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Start the new year off by downloading Sparky's smoke alarm safety sheet. Hang it up in your house to remind you and your family to test your smoke alarm every month. http://nfpa.social/z1O150Mt0MG

Photos from Sparky The Fire Dog's post
01/21/2023

Photos from Sparky The Fire Dog's post

Staying’ alive!
01/04/2023
Hands-Only CPR Instructional Video

Staying’ alive!

Hands-Only CPR Can Save Lives. Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don't receive immediate CPR f...

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Portage County Office Of Homeland Security And Emergency Management 8240 Infirma
Ravenna, OH
44266

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8am - 4:30pm
Friday 8am - 4:30pm

Telephone

(330) 297-3607

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