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Flood Safety Tips

Tornado Safety Newsletter

Tornado Safety Plan Can Make A Difference

Severe Weather including Thunderstorms and Wind


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Mercury, What you need to know...

Guidance for Cleaning up after a
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Welcome to Portage Prepares, your local resource for information on how to respond in emergencies

Portage Prepares is a county-wide, long-term education program for preparing sectors of the county’s communities to meet the challenges of weather, disasters, health emergencies and other types of incidents in order to be safe, reduce risks of injury and reduce property destruction.


 

Who will find this site useful:
  •  Individuals and families
  •  Schools, our university and colleges
  •  Older adults living in Portage County
  •  Community leaders
  •  Persons with disabilities
  •  Elected officials
  •  Community organizations
  •  Faith-based communities
  •  Organizations that provide care to persons with disabilities

     

Portage Prepares objectives:

  • 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 prepare citizens to be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours of an emergency and/or disaster





 

 

 

 

March 2014

Tornado Safehouse

Tornado Loss Prevention

Tornado Newsletter

Winter Driving—Take it Slow! 

Learn Winter Weather Terms for Safety’s Sake    

Cover Up or Feel the Frostbite     

Know When to Stay Off the Road     

From Shoveling to Walking, Winter Health Risks 

Winter Safety Tips for Your Home   

Fires can be Delightful but Dangerous 

Deadly Spills at Home or Work—Get Educated!

Mercury, What you need to know...

Guidance for Cleaning up after a Fluorescent Bulb Breaks

Earthquakes Happen Everywhere!

What to Do in an Earthquake

Earthquake Guide for People with Disabilities

Avoiding Heat-Related Illnesses

Your Best Defense: Prepare

Fact: Lightning Can Strike Twice

Remember Fire Safety

Be Alert for Flash Floods

Tornado Safety Plan Can Make A Difference

Maintain Dams for Local Safety

Flu Fundamentals from Portage Prepares

Get Ready to Drop, Cover and Hold On

Resolve 2B Ready in 2013


Check back monthly for local Portage Prepares newsletters & other information.

 

 

 

 

 



Earthquakes here?
It could happen…

 


Everyone, everywhere, should know how to protect themselves in an earthquake. Even though earthquakes are rare here in northeast Ohio, they may happen where you or your family travel, or perhaps where you or your children may live one day. Think about scheduling a one-minute earthquake drill at home with the kids or in your office. It may one day minimize injuries or save a life. Go here to learn more: Drop, Cover, and Hold On

Federal, state, and local emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree that "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes.

 


PROTECT YOURSELF. SPREAD THE WORD.


Official rescue teams who have been dispatched to the scene of earthquakes and other disasters around the world continue to advocate use of the internationally recognized "Drop, Cover and Hold On" protocol to protect lives during earthquakes:

· DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),

· Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and

· HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

If there isn’t a table or desk near you, drop to the ground in an inside corner of the building and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Do not try to run to another room just to get under a table. These are general guidelines for most situations.

For more information about earthquake safety, click on the following:

· Earthquakes Happen Everywhere!

· What to Do in an Earthquake

· Earthquake Guide for People with Disabilities
 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Resources to help you PREPARE, SURVIVE and THRIVE.

 

 

 

 




 


 



 

Contact Portage Prepares: 

Portage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
8240 Infirmary Road, (Justice Center) Ravenna, Ohio 44266
Phone: 330-297-3607 Fax: 330-297-4569
E-mail: rshackelford@portageco.com
*Toll Free 1-800-772-3799

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
 

 

 


A program sponsored by
Portage County Commissioners

 

 
Portage Prepares is a collaborative effort of Portage County Commissioners, Portage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Portage County Health Department, Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County, Portage County Information Technology Services, media representative Bob Long, Kent State University College of Public Health, Kent City Health Department, Portage County Township Trustees represented by Randolph Township Trustee Susan White, Robinson Memorial Hospital and the American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties. Copyright 2013.

 


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