February 6, 2014

SEPA VOAD Call Notes-Feb 6

February 6 County reports
 and Call Notes in Response to Feb 4-5 Ice Storm

Warming Centers

Norristown – Montgomery County Human Services Center, 1430 Dekalb St., Norristown, PA 19404; Closes at 7 p.m. Wed.; open to the public

Hatboro – Lehman Methodist Church, 300 South York Rd, Hatboro, PA 19040
unsure of open/closing time; open to the public

Upper Dublin Township – Upper Dublin Township Building, 801 Loch Alsh Avenue, Fort Washington, PA 19034; Closed for Wed; will re-open on Thu; open to the public

Horsham Township – Horsham Community Center, 1025 Horsham Rd., Horsham, PA 19044
unsure of open/closing time; open to the public

Lower Providence Township – Lower Providence Township Building, 100 Parklane Drive, Eagleville, PA 19403; unsure of open/closing time; open to residents of Lower Providence Township

Upper Gwynedd Township – Upper Gwynedd Fire Department, 660 Garfield Ave., West Point, PA 19486; unsure of open/closing time; open to the public

Pennsburg – Upper Perkiomen Valley Branch of the YMCA, 476 Pottstown Ave., Pennsburg, PA 18073; Unsure of open/closing time; open to the public

Royersford – Spring Ford 8th Grade Center, 700 Washington St., Royersford, PA 19468
Unsure of open/closing time; open to the public

Wynnewood – Kaiserman Jewish Community Center, 45 Haverford Rd., Wynnewood, PA 19096; Unsure of open/closing time; open to the public

Gladwyne – Gladwyne Fire Company, 1044 Black Rock Rd., Gladwyne, PA 19035
Unsure of open/closing time; open to the public

Overnight Shelters

Cheltenham High School – 500 Rices Mill Rd. Wyncote, PA 19095 Opens approximately 7 p.m. Wednesday. This shelter will only accept individuals with special needs and their caretakers and equipment.

Hatboro-Horsham High School – 899 Horsham Rd., Horsham, PA 19044. Open to public approximately 9 pm Wednesday and is pet friendly.

County Reports

Bucks County: Shelter at Maple Point Middle School, 2250 Langhorne-Yardley Road, Langhorne PA. Generators are available from the county to municipalities, not known for what purpose

Chester County: Shelter at  West Chester University, Sturzebecker Science Center, 855 S. New St, West Chester PA. For transportation to shelter please call 610-344-5195.

Montgomery County: Shelter at Hatboro Horsham High School. Warming Centers open in various other locations

Volunteer Information: Disaster related volunteer needs can be directed to lohndavid@yahoo.com   Please include contact information, any qualifications volunteers must have, as well as general location and nature of volunteer work.Volunteers are not needed at this time for the West Chester State Run Shelter. The earliest volunteers would be needed for serving food on Saturday or Sunday, according to Bob Myers, Salvation Army.

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:  telbers@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 wires that may have been previously de-energized.

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 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.

Signs of distress may include any of the following physical and emotional reactions:

  • sleeping too much or too little;
  • stomachaches or headaches;
  • anger, feeling edgy or lashing out at others;
  • overwhelming sadness;
  • worrying a lot of the time;
  • feeling guilty, but not sure why;
  • feeling like you have to keep busy;
  • lack of energy or always feeling tired;
  • drinking alcohol, smoking or using tobacco more than usual;
  • using illegal drugs;
  • eating too much or too little;
  • not connecting with others;
  • feeling like you won’t ever be happy again; and
  • rejecting help.

All calls are strictly confidential. Counselors can also provide information on how to recognize distress and its effects on individuals and families, tips for healthy coping, and referrals to local crisis centers for additional care and support.

Media contact: Cory Angell, PEMA, 717-651-2169
Kait Gillis, DPW, 717-425-7606

Other Items

•  Team Rubicon assessing damage and debris removal needs in Chester County
•  Anticipating needs for debris removal and muck and gut teams in the coming week/s.
•  Team Rubicon assessing damage and debris removal needs in Chester County
•  Anticipating needs for debris removal and muck and gut teams in the coming week/s.

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