February 14, 2014

SEPA VOAD Call Notes-Feb 14

February 14 County Call Notes in Response to Feb 4-5 Ice Storm

A next call is not currently scheduled. 

Debris Management

We agreed to continue to use this language for damage reporting:

“Residents who have remaining storm-related damage are being asked to call their local municipality or 2-1-1 to report damage from the storm, including fallen trees.  Collecting damage reports informs and educates emergency responders and government officials as to the extent of the damage.  Some programs may become available to assist the public.

Trained 2-1-1 call specialists are available seven days a week from 8 am to 8 pm by calling 2-1-1 (or 1-866-964-7922) and information is also available at www.211sepa.org.  The 2-1-1 SEPA Storm Response and Recovery Guide includes listings of resources like warming centers, shelters and charging stations for immediate needs as well as safety information as cleanup begins. This guide is updated routinely as new information becomes available.”

Debris management strategy

  • Direct those with storm damage to 211 SEPA (as per language above) or to their municipalities to report damage (including fallen trees). 211 SEPA will do intake on damage and share that information with TE/montco, JZ/Chesco, and DB/BucksCo and Ed Kline/Delaware Co.  The information will be shared with municipal officials who will vet the damage.  Any outstanding needs will be brought back to the table for SEPA VOAD.
  • SEPA VOAD will organize cleanup days as assessments are completed and as weather gets better. Targeted date for first cleanup is mid-March.  Volunteers will not be recruited until a better handle on assessments is complete.
  • Team Rubicon will follow up on residents that they had been in contact in the immediate days after the storm.  TR may organize to assist some on Feb 22 if assessments warrant… No additional volunteers are being sought for Feb 22 at this time.

Other call notes

Encourage congregations and individuals to donate money and food to local food banks as food safety is a concern after widespread power outages as the region experienced last week.

Julia Menzo
Disaster Response Coordinator, Southeast PA
Liberty Lutheran Services
7002 Butler Pike
Ambler, PA  19002
215-430-1299 cell

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