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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





August 2014

Flood Safety Tips

Severe Weather including Thunderstorms and Wind

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.






How would you stay safe in extreme heat?


People suffer heat related illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. Sweating is the body’s natural way of cooling itself. In some situations, especially in periods of high humidity, sweating alone will not provide an adequate release of body heat.

How to be safe during extreme heat:

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. Contact your local health department or locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area.

  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device during an extreme heat event.

  • Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.

  • Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.

  • Don’t use the stove or oven to cook

    Click here to continue reading our Portage Prepares newsletter on staying safe during a heat wave.



















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
*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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