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Ebola Information for Residents

Ebola Press Release - October 16th

Ebola Information for Businesses

Ebola Information for Parents & Schools

Ebola Information for EMS, First Responders & Agencies

With the announcement of the second patient diagnosed with Ebola having traveled through Ohio, the following preparedness resources for EMS providers and agencies from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention have been compiled.

Ohio Department of Health

The Ohio Department of Health is activating a 24-hour-a-day call center to answer Ohioans’ questions about Ebola and the recent events in Ohio in an effort to ensure Ohioans get accurate, timely information. 

The number for Ohioans to call is 1-866-800-1404.

Summit County Health Ebola Information Line: 330-926-3939

Summit County Public Health FAQ

Detailed EMS Checklist for Ebola Preparedness

Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for Management of Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in the United States

Case Definition for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

Signs and symptoms of EVD 

Sequence for putting on and taking off PPE 

EVD screening criteria for hospitals 

Guidance on Air Medical Transport for Patients with Ebola Virus Disease
(Please Note: the guidance was initially prepared with long-distance medical transport in mind, additional guidance specific to EMS-oriented air medical transport such as between medical facilities may be provided to supplement this guidance in the future.)

Communications during a crisis 

Stay calm. Stay informed with Portage Prepares

Read the latest release from the Portage County Combined Health Department Joint Information Center for current information on the virus, prevention and status in Portage County

More Resources for Ebola Virus Information

Portage County Health Department
Ohio Department of Health
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Summit County Public Health FAQ

Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms & advance planning

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a home structure fire is reported nearly every 87 seconds. Is your family prepared for a fire emergency? October is National Fire Prevention Month and it serves as an excellent time to examine your preparedness. Do you have a home fire escape plan? Have you changed smoke-alarm batteries within the last year? Do you know the main reasons for fires starting in the home?

In 2012, there were an estimated 365,000 reported home structure fires and 2,380 associated civilian deaths in the United States. Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm. For easy planning, download National Fire Prevention Association's escape planning grid here.  This is a great way to get children involved in fire safety in a non-threatening way.

Get more information on Fire Prevention Month and Week at the NFPA’s website.

Resources RIGHT NOW!

American Red Cross Fire Safety List

Prevent Cooking Fire

Smoke Alarm Basics

Electrical Safety

CO2 Safety

Heat Source Safety

Find more safety tip sheets from the National Fire Prevention Association by clicking here.

Videos bringing the INFO RIGHT TO YOU!

American Red Cross

Fire Safety Tips for the Home

Workplace Fire Safety

Featured Article

Winter ready? Check that propane supply!

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






October is National Fire Safety Month!
Practice your escape route

According to the National Fire Prevention Association survey, only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Almost three-quarters of Americans do have an escape plan; however, more than half have never practiced it .

One-third of Americans households who made and estimate they thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. The time available is often less. And only 8% said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out! See how you do on the NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week Quiz by clicking here.


Kids can go to the official Sparky the Fire Dog® website to explore and learn about fire safety in a safe and interactive environment. The popular ad-free site features sections for children of all ages, even providing voice-overs for younger children who cannot read yet. The diverse activities range from a fire truck section, cartoons, family activities, seasonal Sparky e-cards for kids to send to friends and family, and parent and educator information.

Click here to read more in Portage Prepares’ Fire Safety Newsletter.







October 2014

Fire Safety Newsletter

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.


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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