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.

Operating as usual

FLU SHOT CLINIC FROM THE Portage County Health District! Thank you, PCHD!
10/09/2020

FLU SHOT CLINIC FROM THE Portage County Health District! Thank you, PCHD!

Portage County Health District is providing flu shot clinics in October. Our Adult Clinic is on Tuesday, October 13th from 8:00AM - 10:00AM (ages 18 +) **APPOINTMENT'S ONLY and there are only a few spots left available! ** please call 330-298-4490 to schedule your appointment.

For additional clinics, go to our website at www.portagehealth.net/Nursing. Questions? #getyourflushot

Kent City Health Department
10/09/2020

Kent City Health Department

A COVID-19 pop-up testing site will be available at the Summit County Public Health Building (1867 W. Market St. in Akron) on Oct. 9 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m and Oct. 10 from 8 a.m. – Noon. Testing is free to everyone and you do not need to be a Summit County resident to receive it.

Portage County Health District
10/08/2020

Portage County Health District

Ohio Public Advisory System: Portage County, Ohio is back to RED 🔴 (level 3) As of 10/08/2020

Here are Ohio's Level 3 and High Incidence Counties.

You’ll see from this week’s Public Health Advisory System map, Ohio is trending in the wrong direction.
There are 18 red counties—the highest number since the week of July 23. There are 58 orange counties this week - the highest ever.

You can find more information on coronavirus spread in all of Ohio's 88 counties at bit.ly/OhioAdvisory.

STROUP ROAD CLOSED 10-7-20From #PortageCountyOH Engineer's Office: Stroup Road will be closed 10-7-20, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30...
10/07/2020

STROUP ROAD CLOSED 10-7-20

From #PortageCountyOH Engineer's Office: Stroup Road will be closed 10-7-20, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for culvert replacement at 1710 Stroup Road. Closure is between Wilkes Road and Waterloo Road in Atwater Township. #PortagePrepares

HARTVILLE ROAD CLOSED 10-7-20From #PortageCountyOH Engineer's Office: Hartville Road will be closed 10-7-20, 7:00 a.m. t...
10/07/2020

HARTVILLE ROAD CLOSED 10-7-20

From #PortageCountyOH Engineer's Office: Hartville Road will be closed 10-7-20, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for culvert replacement at 2626 Hartville Road. Closure is between Old Forge Road and Bassett Road in Randolph Township. #PortagePrepares

From the #PortageCountyOH Engineer's Office: Stroup Road will be closed 10-6-20, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for culvert rep...
10/06/2020

From the #PortageCountyOH Engineer's Office: Stroup Road will be closed 10-6-20, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for culvert replacement at 1910 Stroup Road. Closure is in Atwater Township between Waterloo Road and Wilkes Road. #PortagePrepares

Streetsboro Police Department
10/05/2020

Streetsboro Police Department

***Update: 8:45 pm - Water is back on for Sr14 - St Joan to Lake Rockwell, Diagonal and subdivisions. BOIL ADVISORY still in effect until further notice. ***

Attention: Residents in the area of St Joan of Arc (8894 SR 14) to Lake Rockwell including all of Diagonal Road and all subdivisions in the area. There is a water main break forcing the Streetsboro Service Department to shut off city water in the area. Repairs are in progress but will take time. We expect repairs to take several hours.

From #PortageCountyOH Engineer’s Office: Stroup Road will be closed Monday, 10-5-20, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., for a culve...
10/05/2020

From #PortageCountyOH Engineer’s Office: Stroup Road will be closed Monday, 10-5-20, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., for a culvert replacement at 1394 Stroup. Closed between Waterloo Road and Wilkes Road. #PortagePrepares

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH
10/02/2020

US National Weather Service Cleveland OH

A frost advisory will be in effect for portions of Northwest, North Central, and Northeast Ohio from midnight to 8am EDT Saturday.

10/02/2020

FREE COVID TESTING IN KENT TODAY, OCT. 2

On Friday, Oct. 2, the Ohio Pandemic Testing Team, comprised of Ohio National Guard medics, will be at Kent State's Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement, 350 S. Lincoln St. in Kent between 1 and 6 p.m.

While this free testing event is targeting students, anyone can be tested, including faculty, staff and community members, while supplies last, Kent City Health Commissioner Joan Seidel said.

This is the first of several pop-up testing sites in Kent throughout October. Subsequent events will be drive-thru and walk-in and will be available to everyone but may more heavily focused on disparaged and vulnerable populations, Seidel said.

Information gathered from Record-Courier report. #PortagePrepares

Ohio Emergency Management Agency
10/02/2020

Ohio Emergency Management Agency

Get Ready, Ohio! In just 2 weeks, Drop, Cover and Hold On with Ohio EMA during the #ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. Visit www.shakeout.org/centralus/ for earthquake safety information and to register to participate.

Governor Mike DeWine
10/01/2020

Governor Mike DeWine

Ohio Emergency Management Agency
10/01/2020

Ohio Emergency Management Agency

Get Ready, Ohio! Sign up to Drop, Cover & Hold On with us for the Great Central US ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, Oct. 15. Register at www.shakeout.org/centralus/. #BeReady #ShakeOut
EMA News Release: https://lnks.gd/2/M2wj_L

Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association
10/01/2020

Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association

It might not be time yet, but when the temperatures start to drop, you might find yourself wanting to use your fireplace. While you are getting ready for the colder weather ahead, make sure to have your chimneys and vents cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional at least once per year.

LAKEWOOD ROAD CLOSUREFrom the #PortageCountyOH Engineer's Office: Lakewood Road will be closed Wednesday, 9-30-20, 9:00 ...
09/29/2020

LAKEWOOD ROAD CLOSURE
From the #PortageCountyOH Engineer's Office: Lakewood Road will be closed Wednesday, 9-30-20, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., between Bird and Sandy Lake Roads for tree work over powerlines. #PortagePrepares

HARTVILLE ROAD CLOSUREFrom #PortageCountyOH Engineer's Office: Hartville Road will be closed Wednesday, 9-30-20, 7:00 a....
09/29/2020

HARTVILLE ROAD CLOSURE
From #PortageCountyOH Engineer's Office: Hartville Road will be closed Wednesday, 9-30-20, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closure is between Old Forge Road and Bassett Road for culvert replacement at 2750 Hartville. #PortagePrepares

09/29/2020

AMGAlert from Village of Mantua. BOIL ALERT UPDATE: All water samples came back negative and the boil alert is canceled at 2:45 PM 9/29.

Kent Police Department
09/29/2020

Kent Police Department

*** UPDATE 9/28/20 @9:05 PM. Cherry St & Bowman at S Water is OPEN ***

**UPDATE 9/28/20 @ 5:17pm Cherry St & Bowman St are both CLOSED at S. Water due to a water main break. S Water is down to one lane in each direction.***

There is a Water Main Break at S Water St & Cherry. Water has been SHUT OFF in that area. The service department is on scene as is an officer who is directing traffic. Traffic is currently down to 2 lanes. If traveling this way please allow yourself some extra travel time or use an alternate route.

Kent Police Department
09/28/2020

Kent Police Department

*** UPDATE 9/28/20 @9:05 PM. Cherry St & Bowman at S Water is OPEN ***

**UPDATE 9/28/20 @ 5:17pm Cherry St & Bowman St are both CLOSED at S. Water due to a water main break. S Water is down to one lane in each direction.***

There is a Water Main Break at S Water St & Cherry. Water has been SHUT OFF in that area. The service department is on scene as is an officer who is directing traffic. Traffic is currently down to 2 lanes. If traveling this way please allow yourself some extra travel time or use an alternate route.

Kent Police Department
09/28/2020

Kent Police Department

*** UPDATE 9/28/20 @9:05 PM. Cherry St & Bowman at S Water is OPEN ***

**UPDATE 9/28/20 @ 5:17pm Cherry St & Bowman St are both CLOSED at S. Water due to a water main break. S Water is down to one lane in each direction.***

There is a Water Main Break at S Water St & Cherry. Water has been SHUT OFF in that area. The service department is on scene as is an officer who is directing traffic. Traffic is currently down to 2 lanes. If traveling this way please allow yourself some extra travel time or use an alternate route.

09/28/2020

AMGAlert from Village of Mantua. BOIL ALERT UPDATE: Boil alert has been extended until 4 PM on 9/29, for customers located North of High St & West of St Rt 44. #PortagePrepares

09/28/2020

AMGAlert from Village of Mantua. BOIL ALERT North of High St & West of Rt 44, until noon on 9/29. Updates will be given if this changes. #PortagePrepares

09/25/2020
Portage Prepares

Happy Last Friday of #NationalPreparednessMonth! We want to remind you about the homegrown Emergency Management App designed for #PortageCountyOH Office of Homeland Security Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. It's got NOAA weather radio, fast contacts for LOCAL safety forces, us here at #PortagePrepares, ohgo.com traffic, immediate access to make a damage report and so much more. Search "Portage EMA" in the App Store for iPhones and Google Play for Androids. Oh, did we say its FREE? There is a COVID feature to take you to a menu of CDC and local information.

The #PortageCountyOH Emergency Management App has a new COVID-19 feature...updated scientific and medical information from the CDC, local news and resources, FAQs, CDC alerts and more! Download the app for free at the iPhone App Store and Google+ for Androids. With the FREE app, you also receive weather alerts and can access EMA social media, local weather, weather radio and traffic. It has a section with contact information for local safety forces. You can also put your family emergency plan at the app and get helpful preparedness info. One more way you can be prepared! #PortagePrepares #COVID19 #COVID19OhioReady

Free testing tomorrow 9/26/20 in #YoungstownOH, #EastClevandOH and #MansfieldOH! More information here: bit.ly/PopupTest...
09/25/2020

Free testing tomorrow 9/26/20 in #YoungstownOH, #EastClevandOH and #MansfieldOH! More information here: bit.ly/PopupTesting #PortagePrepares

Free #COVID19 testing today in Youngstown. Anyone can get a no-cost test. Find more pop-up testing locations at bit.ly/PopupTesting

Portage County Health District
09/25/2020

Portage County Health District

Updated Advisory Levels: Portage County is back to orange 🟠 (level 2)

Newly Red Since Last Week:
⬆Ashland
⬆Delaware
⬆Pike
⬆Scioto
⬆Stark

Remaining at Red:
↔Butler
↔Mercer
↔Montgomery
↔Putnam

Red to Orange:
⬇Portage

We often hear about people needing to find shelter from fires, hurricanes, tornadoes and even extreme weather, hot or co...
09/24/2020

We often hear about people needing to find shelter from fires, hurricanes, tornadoes and even extreme weather, hot or cold as we sometimes experience in the #neo. Here is quick, basic information from Ohio Emergency Management Agency during #NationalPreparednessMonth about sheltering. #NPM2020 #PortagePrepares

Sheltering during an Emergency

Sheltering is appropriate when conditions require that you seek protection in your home, where you work, or other location when emergencies or disasters occur. The length of time you are required to take shelter may be short, such as during a tornado warning, or long-term, such as during a pandemic. In all cases, it is important that you stay informed and follow the instructions of local authorities.

Taking shelter can mean Stay at Home, Going to a Mass Care Shelter, or Sheltering in Place.

STAY-AT-HOME: Remain indoors as much as possible and try to only leave your home when necessary. You can still use outdoor spaces such as patios, porches and yards.

MASS CARE SHELTER: Mass care shelters provide life-sustaining services to disaster survivors. Plan to take your emergency supply kit with you to have the supplies your family will need.

SHELTERING IN PLACE: Whether you are at home, work, school, or anywhere else you frequent regularly, there may be situations when it is best to stay where you are to avoid any uncertainty outside, such as severe weather or large amounts of debris in the air.

www.ready.gov/shelter

We know it looks like a lot to take in right now 👀 but think about looking at an area each week? Visiting the recommende...
09/23/2020

We know it looks like a lot to take in right now 👀 but think about looking at an area each week? Visiting the recommended website will ease you on into the process. Start this month for #NationalPreparednessMonth in #PortageCountyOH! #NPM2020 #PortagePrepares

When filling out a family emergency plan, make sure to consider your family’s specific needs! Practicing the plan can help you review your plan! For more information, please visit www.ready.gov/plan

Did you know this basic information about communication with family during a disaster? A quick review for you during #Na...
09/22/2020

Did you know this basic information about communication with family during a disaster? A quick review for you during #NationalPreparednessMonth. #NPM2020 #PortagePrepares

Make a Family Communications Plan
Your family may not be together in the event of a disaster. So, it is important to know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect, if separated.

• Pick the same person for each family member to contact. Also have an out-of-state contact. They might be easier to reach during a disaster.
• Text, don’t call. In an emergency, phone lines may be tied up. Text instead of calling. This leaves phone lines open and available for emergency workers.
• Making your own list or using Ready Kids’ list: https://bit.ly/2OzOHOP, write down your phone contacts and emergency plans. Make sure everyone in the family has copies and keeps them in a safe space like in a backpack, wallet, or taped in a notebook. Store phone numbers in your cell phone. Hold regular family meetings and practice your plan.

For more information, please visit https://www.ready.gov/kids/family-emergency-planning/make-a-plan

Six questions to keep your family safe. It's #NationalPreparednessMonth during September. The #PortageCountyOH Office of...
09/22/2020

Six questions to keep your family safe. It's #NationalPreparednessMonth during September. The #PortageCountyOH Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management encourages resiliency of families and individuals to be better prepared for a disaster. #NPM2020 #PortagePrepares

Put a plan together by discussing six important questions with your family, friends or household to start your emergency plan. For more information, please visit www.ready.gov/plan

Governor Mike DeWine
09/22/2020

Governor Mike DeWine

Here is this week's schedule of free #COVID19 pop-up testing sites in Ohio. No referral necessary.

✅Cincinnati ✅Dayton ✅Springfield ✅Youngstown ✅Ashland ✅Bellaire ✅East Cleveland ✅Loudonville ✅Mansfield ✅New Lexington ✅West Salem

Find other testing locations near you at bit.ly/GetTestedOhio

09/21/2020

Let's light it up for #NationalPreparednessMonth! #NPM2020 #PortagePrepares

Ohio Edison
09/21/2020

Ohio Edison

ICYMI: September is National Preparedness Month. Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity. Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs if the power goes out. More @Readygov tips to #BeReady for power outages ➡️ https://www.ready.gov/power-outages

Look before you shop! You might have most of these items to help you and yours through a disaster. They do happen in #Po...
09/21/2020

Look before you shop! You might have most of these items to help you and yours through a disaster. They do happen in #PortageCountyOH and the Portage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management want you to be ready! #NationalPreparednessMonth #NPM2020 #PortagePrepares

The idea of getting emergency supplies can be overwhelming, you’ll be surprised at how many things you may already have. Here are some essential items for your emergency supply kit! For more information, please visit https://www.ready.gov/food

Address

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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(330) 297-3607

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