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 Portage County Emergency Management

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Ryan Shackelford, Director

8240 Infirmary Road (Justice Center) Ravenna, Ohio 44266 
Phone: 330-297-3607   Fax: 330-297-4569  E-mail:

*Toll Free 1-800-772-3799
*For calls in Portage County from a number not local to the 296 / 297 exchange.
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

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Portage County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), was established by the Portage County Commissioners in 1989 under Ohio Revised Code 5915.071. Previously EMA was known as Civil Defense in the 1950's and Disaster Services in the 1970's. In 1995 EMA became associated with the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

  • EMA is tasked with planning, training and assisting with the coordination of disasters in Portage County.
  • EMA stands ready to assist local jurisdictions manage a disaster, both natural (tornado, flood, blizzard) and technological (HAZMAT or nuclear).
  • EMA is the agency which coordinates damage assessment and is the access point for aid in a disaster from the State of Ohio and the Federal Government.
  • EMA is the point of contact for changes in the database for the County-wide enhanced 911 system.
  • EMA is the designated agency for assisting in the funding and equipment for the Portage County Hazardous Materials Response Team (HAZAMAT)


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