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Latest Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Stories

2014-03-10 16:21:29

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) announced today that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with CSX Transportation, a company that will allow PEMA to share operational information regarding the movement of hazardous materials in Pennsylvania. CSX Transportation, based in Jacksonville, Fla, is one of the nations' leading transportation suppliers. The company provides rail-based...

2014-02-21 16:20:42

Best Practices to be Included in Future Emergency Preparedness Plans HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today directed Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director Glenn Cannon to lead a thorough After-Action Review (AAR), in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, on the state's response to recent winter storms. A storm on Feb. 4 and 5 caused nearly 849,000 power outages across the state, particularly in...

2014-02-06 20:20:28

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and Department of Public Welfare (DPW) announced that a disaster distress hotline is available to help citizens cope with stress stemming from severe weather and power outages that are expected to last several days. The phone number, 1-800-985-5990, is available to all Pennsylvanians to help ease the stress related to the circumstances surrounding the severe weather damage caused by...

2014-01-02 16:20:03

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- State health and emergency management officials are urging the public to pay attention to forecasts which currently call for snowfall across much of Pennsylvania today into Friday morning, followed by bitterly cold temperatures. "People who do travel should be certain to have essential items in their vehicle such as food, water and warm clothes to help contend with the potential for dangerous conditions if travel delays occur," said...

2013-06-18 16:26:51

In the news release, Pennsylvania Legislation to Help Fund 911 Seen as First Step in Saving State System, issued 18-Jun-2013 by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency over PR Newswire, we are advised by the agency that the bill was signed on May 21, 2013 rather than Monday as originally announced inadvertently. The complete, corrected release below has an updated first paragraph: Pennsylvania Legislation to Help Fund 911 Seen as First Step in Saving State System...

2013-06-18 12:35:46

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett on Monday signed House Bill 583 into law, which will help align funding for the 911 system now and in the future. In the past, the 911 funding system depended largely on landline customers, but more people are abandoning landlines for other forms of communication. As a result, county requests for 911 funding exceeded the total amount of funds available. This legislation provides a one-year transition...

2012-10-28 19:20:05

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett tonight gave an update on the state's ongoing preparations in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy and urged residents across Pennsylvania to brace themselves and prepare for the impact of the storm. "This is not a typical storm and it could very well be historic in scope and in magnitude because of the widespread power outages, flooding and the potential for major wind damage," Corbett said during a media briefing...

2012-10-26 19:20:24

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today declared a statewide disaster emergency to enable state, county and municipal governments to respond effectively to the impact of Hurricane Sandy. The storm, which will likely begin to impact the state on Sunday evening, is expected to bring heavy rain to much of the state, and even snow in some areas of southwestern Pennsylvania and in higher elevations. Flooding and power outages are also anticipated, and...

2012-10-26 11:23:43

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director Glenn M. Cannon today urged Pennsylvanians to prepare now for the possibility of strong winds, heavy rain and even snow as Hurricane Sandy moves north. "This storm could combine with another system to bring some combination of snow, wind, rain and flooding to much of Pennsylvania," Cannon said. "This is the time to make sure everyone has an emergency kit in their home and car, and an...

2012-08-30 10:22:12

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The devastation brought by Tropical Storm Isaac highlights the need for Pennsylvanians to make sure they're ready for all types of emergencies, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency said today in advance of September's observance of National Preparedness Month. "It'll be a long time before many of us forget the destruction that Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee brought to Pennsylvania just one year ago," said...