February 10, 2014

SEPA VOAD Call Notes-Feb 10

February 10 County Call Notes in Response to Feb 4-5 Ice Storm

Shelter Update: power outages dwindling, those still seeking shelter are being directed to WCU, some warming stations still up, check county websites or 211 sepa for specific information


Please direct residents who sustained damage in the storm to report to 211 SEPA.  Here is language that you may want to use:

“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 a.m. to 8 p.m. 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.”

Yesterday we talked about the following plans for debris management:

  • Team Rubicon will follow up on residents that they had been in contact with over the past couple days.  If volunteers are needed to help them with call backs, they will let SEPA VOAD know…
  • On the call we agreed to direct everyone 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.
  • An initial volunteer weekend is being discussed for Feb 22 to follow up with some of the Chester County properties that weren’t able to be handled over the last couple days.
  • More volunteer days will be planned for March and April.
  • Homeowner responsibility for debris removal, municipal cooperation would be great
  • Questions arose over age of volunteers and we will have to figure out how to handle that.

Other call notes

Please direct networks and public to donate to food banks, safety on generators, surges?, etc. is posted at 211sepa.org.

As next storm approaches, remind churches, community organizations wishing to offer support to contact their local municipalities ahead of a storm.

And finally a great big thank you to everyone involved in this in big and small ways.  Everyone’s contribution is valuable and important to making our network stronger.  Special thanks today to Samaritans Purse and Billy Graham Chaplain network for touring and assessing and building relationships in our region this weekend.  Kudos on the phone also went out to Salvation Army for their support of the West Chester U shelter.  And finally a special  thanks for Team Rubicon who helped with early debris removal and assessments.  Many are working very long days and nights. Find ways to take care of yourselves and stay healthy as we prepare for the next storm!

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

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