February 7, 2014

SEPA VOAD Call Notes-Feb 7


7 February 2014 sepa voad call notes in Response to Feb 2014 Ice Storm

Next call:  Monday 10 Feb 2014 noon

Find us on Facebook at Southeastern PA Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

For information on sheltering and other community services:

Montgomery County: montcopa.org

Chester County: chesco.org

Southeastern PA:  211SEPA.org

Volunteer Information:

NEEDS!  Two shelters are in need of support from other local organizations or churches to staff warming centers. If you know of a church that could partner to assist with staffing in either Phoenixville or Coatesville, please reach out to these contacts:

Barclay Elementary School Shelter:  Phoenixville OEM 610-983-8137

Pop John Paul School Shelter, Coatesville area:  Contact Doug Smith West Brandywine Township OEM:  484-985-1827, emergencymanagement@wbrandywine.org

Karl’s Comment:  Student activity department at Ursinus College was trying to recruit students to meet the need at Phoenixville.

if other organizations have a need for volunteers, please direct inquiries to actioncenter@uwgpsnj.org   United Way of Greater Phila will do their best to publicize these needs through our various channels.  UW will need all important details in order to do so along with a contact name and email and/or phone number so that volunteers can contact you directly.

Messaging Information

  • Messaging:  Warming center information!!!  If there are community groups or churches opening as warming shelters, please share that information with County Emergency Management so that information can be shared more broadly.

Montgomery County:  Tim Elbertson:  telberts@montcopa.org

Chester County:  Janet Zeis:  jzeis@chesco.org

Delaware County: Ed Kline: ekline@delcodes.org

Bucks County: United Way of Bucks County, Danielle Bush:  danielleb@uwbucks.org

  • Messaging:  Support your local food pantry
  • Messaging:  Report power and heat outages to your energy provider and to your local municipality. For other property damage, remember to take pictures of damage and report to your insurance company and to your local municipality. Please check on neighbors who may not have power.  Stay away from downed wires.  Phone and cable wires can cross with power wires.  Solar systems can back feed power on wires that may have been previously de-energized.

Other notes:

Confidential Disaster Distress Hotline Available for Victims of Severe Weather Damage

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and Department of Public Welfare (DPW) announced today 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 the recent ice and snow storm. Trained professionals will take phone calls to provide emotional support for callers. The TTY number for deaf or hearing impaired individuals is 1-800-846-8517. Help is also available by texting 66746.

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