Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Multiple departments are on scene.
Update 12:46am: Radio reports indicate that all of the home's occupants are accounted for and that crews are beginning overhaul of the structure. Patch also spoke to Tim Elbertson from the Montgomery County Emergency Operations Center. "It was one alarm," Elbertson said. Fire crews are still working on getting the fire out. Elbertson said they are not sure of the cause of the fire. "The residents did have a generator running, but we don't know if that was the cause," Elbertson said. "They haven't even started the investigation yet." Earlier: A large fire is burning at a home in the 900 block of Maple Street near Vaughn Avenue in Upper Providence Township. The home appears to be in the Highlands development. Several fire departments …
Monday, October 29, 2012
I-76 and I-476 are among the closed state roads Monday night.
Monday, October 29, 2012
PennDOT announced Monday that several state highways, including I-95, I-476 and I-76, would be closed to all non-emergency vehicles until 2 a.m. Tuesday morning in response to Hurricane Sandy. Roads were closed per the order of Gov. Tom Corbett, say reports. According to a release, the transpiration department is closing "the full length of Interstates 95 and 676; I-476 (non-toll portion); I-76 from the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Passyunk Avenue and the U.S. Route 1 Extension in Philadelphia to all traffic except emergency vehicles" The Pennsylvania turnpike remains open. Before the closing, all area highways were placed under a 45 mph speed restriction. Additionally, NBC 10 is reporting that all Delaware River Port Authority bridges, the …
Hurricane Sandy could cause another day of cancelled service.
Update (7:05 p.m., Monday) SEPTA announced its full plan for Tuesday in a release on its website. The statement is below. Early Tuesday morning after the storm has passed through our area, SEPTA crews will inspect and assess the conditions of facilities, equipment and infrastructure in order to ascertain when service can be restored for all modes. This system-wide assessment process will take approximately 6 to 8 hours. The final decision to operate will be coordinated with the City's Office of Emergency Management and based on the safety of the public and our employees. At this time, service on Tuesday cannot be guaranteed, although attempts will be made to restore some service by the afternoon. It is anticipated that full service will …
Spring City will operate under an emergency declaration until Wednesday morning.
Spring City has declared a state of emergency beginning October 29, 2012 at 11:00am and will stay in effect until October 31, 2012 at 11:00 am. A press release from the Chief of Police said, "Residents are encouraged to stay in their homes where it is safe. Use discretion if you need to venture outdoors. If power outages occur contact the Peco call center not the Chester County communication center." The declaration authorizes the police department, Liberty Steam Fire Company and the borough Streets and Roads department to manage emergency situations as they arise. According to the declaration, the borough will evaluate whether they need to extend the declaration beyond Oct. 31 at that time.
Here are guidelines from the USDA regarding the safety of food in a refrigerator without power as Sandy hits area.
With Hurricane Sandy already making her dent in Montgomery County, Pa., losing power is a threat. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service prepared a fact sheet for keeping food safe during an emergency, including losing power. The USDA says to "keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature." But, the refrigerator will only keep food safely cold for about four hours if unopened during a power outage, according to the USDA. A full freezer will hold the temperature for about 48 hours if full (24 hours of half full), the USDA says. The USDA emphasizes "never to taste food to determine its safety" and says that you should "evaluate each item separately." Generally, if the temperature …
Only a handful of folks are manning the Red Cross shelter at Norristown Area High School (which is pet friendly!) and more volunteers are needed.
Red Cross shelters are now open at Norristown, Pottstown and Cheltenham area high schools and while those in need of shelter are only trickling in at the moment, volunteers are in great demand. Norristown Area School Board President Denise Ashe sent the following plea early this morning: "The red cross is short on volunteers at the high school. The head of the baptist ministry works with them to get people from the community to help. Pastor White just called and said Red Cross needs people from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and again at shift two from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. starting tomorrow morning. (Of course I took the pm shift). I thought this may be a way to show people how Norristown can come together when needed. Please forward this request for help…
Exelon and Limerick Generating Station reassure residents that PA plants are ready for Hurricane Sandy.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Exelon communications manager Dana Melia sent the following press release. Exelon Generation’s three nuclear power stations in Pennsylvania are well prepared for Hurricane Sandy as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard. Operators at Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Limerick Generating Station and Three Mile Island completed a host of pre-storm inspections this weekend and emergency operations centers at the stations are fully staffed to monitor and respond to changing conditions. All Exelon nuclear stations are robust and fortified facilities, capable of withstanding the most severe weather, including hurricanes and floods. Extra precautions have been taken at eachPennsylvania facility, including increased staffing, pre-staging of emergency …
A district announcement extended the storm-related school closure.
Spring-Ford Area School District has announced that schools will be closed again on Tuesday, Oct. 30 due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Schools were closed on Monday, and the district has decided to close a second day for safety reasons. Patch will continue updating school closures as we receive information.
If Hurricane Sandy knocks out power in Montgomery County, one of the only connections to updates and information will be cell phones. Here are some good apps to have.
One of the best ways to stay connected if your power goes out during Hurricane Sandy is via your smartphone. Here's a list of some helpful apps to have on you smartphone as Hurricane Sandy bears down on Montgomery County, Pa. Montgomery County Community Alert System: This is the most direct way to get updates on any muncipality or school district in Montgomery County, Pa. Visit https://montco.alertpa.org/ to get weather updates and other vital storm-related updates from the agency that is in charge of handling storm response in the County. You can add a phone number for text alerts or email account to check from your phone. American Red Cross: This is the number one spot to find local shelters if you need it with the Shelters app and send …
Mayor Guest signed a disaster emergency declaration this morning.
According to a press release from the Royersford Borough Office of Emergency Management, Mayor John Guest has declared a Disaster Emergency for the Borough of Royersford. Trash pickup on the north side of the borough has been rescheduled to Thursday instead of Tuesday. The Borough Council meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 30, has been rescheduled to Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7:15pm. Emergency Management is continuing to monitor the situation with the Schuylkill River and on 1st Avenue. Borough officials are encouraging residents along 1st Avenue to voluntarily evacuate. All emergency routes are also active.