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The Ready Campaign established four universal building blocks of emergency preparedness: Be informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Get Involved. You can link to that information on the left side of our webpage. America's PrepareAthon! builds on this foundation by encouraging millions of Americans to focus on a simple, specific activity that will increase preparedness.

America's PrepareAthon! is a new national community-based campaign for action that focuses on increasing emergency preparedness through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises. National PrepareAthon! Days are held every spring and fall. During National Preparedness Month we ask you, your family, community, school and workplace to take action by joining Portage Prepares to participate in National PrepareAthon! Day on or around September 30th.

What can you do right now to prepare?  Help us reach 500 likes on our Facebook and 500 followers on our Twitter page!

Follow us on Facebook at Portage Prepares and on Twitter @PortagePrep for new information and links to resources. Check us out at #PortagePrepares.

Follow all the activity at: #NatlPrep

Resources RIGHT NOW!

Portage Prepares Newsletter "Making a Disaster Plan" Family Communication Plan

Safety at school and public places: If You See Something, Say
Something Awareness Campaign

Safer Ohio App on YouTube

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





Join Portage Prepares for America’s National Preparathon Day on Sept. 30th!

America's PrepareAthon! is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions, and exercises.

The second National Day of Action is scheduled for September 30, 2014 and will revolve around taking the actions to prepare for these six specific hazards:

Campaign Goals
The goal of this campaign is to increase the number of individuals who:

  • Understand which disasters could happen in their community

  • Know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage

  • Take action to increase their preparedness

  • Participate in community resilience planning

    To learn more, click here.




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September 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  

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

 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


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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