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3/8/18 Emergency Management Update

PUBLIC NOTICE

To:               Residents & Community at large
From:           George Beodeker, Del. Twp. Em. Mgmt. Coordinator
Date:            March 8, 2018
Re:               Update        

  • State of Emergency still exists in Delaware Township until Friday, March 9, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Roads both, township and state, are subject to restrictions/closures, as necessary for utility work.
  • Plan for delays when traveling.
  • Do not call the township as closures change frequently/daily.
  • Warming Center located at the Delaware Township Municipal Building will cease operation as of close of business on Friday, March 9, 2018.
  • Water and Meals Ready to Eat are available during normal business hours beginning Monday, March 12, 2018 until supplies are exhausted.
  • Delaware Valley School District is providing support services. For current information, dates and times, please call 570-296-1800.
  • Until power is restored, if using an alternative/combustion heat sources – make sure to provide proper ventilation to prevent build up of carbon monoxide, which can be fatal – DO NOT RUN GENERATORS, OR BBQ GRILLS INDOORS – EVEN IN GARAGES!
  • Further updates can be obtained from the Pike County Office of Emergency Management on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PikeCountyOEM/
  • Call 911 for any true emergencies!

Warming Center to open Thurs. 3/8

The Delaware Township Municipal Building will open as a Warming Center on Thursday, March 8th from 10am to 4pm or as soon as staff can safely arrive due to road conditions.  A state of emergency still exists in Delaware Township.  Driving is at your own risk as current road conditions remain hazardous.  

Emergency Management Update - 3/6 at 4pm

Updated information 3/6/18 4:00 pm:

* State of Emergency still exists in Delaware Township.

* The township building will be closed Wednesday March 7th, the day the heaviest snowfall is expected.

*Please check the Township’s Facebook page, website and voice mail message (570-828-2347) for updated information.

 *Tomorrow March 7th, please do not travel.

*Residents are encouraged to be inside and to remain in a safe place during this long duration event.

*If you plan to shelter in place have enough food, fuel and water for several days.

*The new storm will severely impact emergency responders and township services as well as state services. Call 911 for EMERGENCIES ONLY.

*Anticipate that it may be several hours after the storm before travel is safe and practical again.

*Per Pike County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) the following shelters that are open are: Dingmans Volunteer Fire Department, Bushkill Volunteer Fire Company and for any other emergency shelter needs please dial 911.

*Pike County EOC will remain in operation throughout the next a storm.

*We ask that the public be vigilant with regards to the welfare of neighbors; to be prepared for an additional time without power and to understand travel should be considered in only the most necessary of circumstances.

*Warming center operations will resume at the township building on Thursday, March 8th, from 9am-4pm.  Water and MRE’s will be available.

Governor Wolf Outlines Preparations for Latest Severe Winter Weather Forecast Commonwealth Asks Drivers to Avoid, Postpone Unnecessary Travel

Harrisburg, PA –Beginning at midnight on Tuesday, PennDOT will impose a ban on empty straight trucks, large combination vehicles (tandem trailers and double trailers), tractors hauling empty trailers, trailers pulled by passenger vehicles, motorcycles and recreational vehicles, or RVs, on:

I-80 from the junction with Interstate 81 to the New Jersey line.

I-84 from the junction with Interstate 81 to the New York State line.

Restrictions will remain in place as long as warranted through the storm.

The heaviest snows are expected to fall during much of the day Wednesday. In anticipation, PennDOT is moving five plow trucks and two graders along with 18 employees into Pike County to address any issues on Interstate 84, as well as 20 plow trucks and two graders along with 46 employees to address any issues on Interstates 80, 380, and Route 33 in Monroe County and the Lehigh Valley. The crews are being moved from western Pennsylvania to assist in this storm response.

“I cannot stress enough the importance for everyone to heed weather forecasts, listen to directions from emergency officials, and plan accordingly,” Governor Wolf said.

Motorists are reminded that roadways will not be free of snow while precipitation is falling.

3/6 Emergency Management Update

March 6th Emergency Management Update:


* State of Emergency still exists in Delaware Township.


*The township building remains open as a reception center and distribution center for limited supplies at this time. Delaware Township municipal building IS NOT operating as a shelter and is not anticipated to.


*Township road conditons remain marginal and flexible with ongoing intermitent road closures for utility restoration.


*Please DO NOT call the township office for accurate information on road closures, since all intermitent closures are ongoing and change hourly. If you must travel plan additional time for delays to be encountered.


*When traveling reduce speed, use caution, when possible yield to oncoming traffic, specifically emergency and untility vehicles.


*Please make every attempt to make your travel away from your home to those trips that are necessary to acquire supplies and resources to prepare for the next strom.


*To correct a misconception and rumor that arose yesterday "THERE IS NO MANDATORY EVACUATION AT THIS TIME FOR DELAWARE TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS", however, this is a long duration event and if you are unable to maintain your resources or the abililty to remain in your home you should consider relocating well inadvance of the next storm.


*During the next event keep in mind that the existing condition and new snow will severely impact emergency responders and township services as well as state services.


*Anticipate that it maybe several hours after the storm before travel is safe and practical again. We urge all residents to use the time available to re-supply and prepare for the next event.

 

Delaware Township State of Emergency Still Exists

Delaware Township State of Emergency Still Exists
March 5, 2018

Over 4,500 residents in Delaware Township remain without power.  There is no estimate for restoration at this time.

Power company crews and tree crews are working to clear debris throughout the township.

Expect/anticipate "floating" road closures and significant delays for the next several days.

More bad weather is anticipated Tuesday night and Wednesday.  Residents can anticipate significant snow fall which will severly impact the ability to travel - prepare now for food, fuel, water and other needs or consider relocating temporarily. 

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