October 29th, 2012
This evening Governor Tom Corbett is advising Pennsylvania to take precautions as Hurricane Sandy makes landfall. Right now:
· The storm was expected to make landfall shortly after 6 p.m. this evening.
· At this point the expected track has the eye of the storm passing south of Harrisburg around 2 a.m. and will reach State College by 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
· 100,000 or more Pennsylvanians are currently without power
· PennDOT is closing the full length of Interstates 95 and 676; I-476 (non-toll portion); I-76 from the Pa. Turnpike to Passyunk Avenue and the U.S. Route 1 Extension in Philadelphia to all traffic except emergency vehicles from 7 p.m. through 2 a.m.
· The Delaware River Port Authority has closed the Walt Whitman, Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, and Commodore Barry bridges in the Philadelphia area.
· 27 counties have opened emergency operation centers. They include the southeast, mid-state and Allegheny County.
· The Governor has deployed 1,600 PA National Guard troops to assist where needed.
· Pennsylvania has 58 evacuation centers on stand-by with capacity for 31,000 people.
October 28th, 2012
Governor Corbett this evening is advising Pennsylvanians on what to expect during Hurricane Sandy.
This storm is historic. Pennsylvania is currently operating under a state of emergency and Governor Corbett today requested a federal declaration of emergency from the President.
Weather reports at this time indicate that Pennsylvania can expect the following over Monday and Tuesday of this week:
· Sustained, high winds close to 45 miles per hour. These winds could be sustained in some areas for 24 to 36 hours.
· Heavy rainfall across the state, in some areas up to 10 inches total.
· Snow in higher elevation areas in the western part of the state.
· Possible flooding in low lying areas.
October 27th, 2012
As Hurricane Sandy moves closer to the North Atlantic, all Pennsylvanians should prepare for the possibility of power outages, flooding and heavy snow fall. In advance of the storm, Governor Corbett has declared a statewide disaster emergency to enable state, county and municipal governments to respond effectively to the impact of Hurricane Sandy.
Governor Corbett is reminding residents to remain in their homes during harsh storm conditions. If you need to leave your home during the storm please follow all posted road warnings to keep yourself and others safe, in Pennsylvania this is now the law.
With the risk of prolonged power outages the Governor is urging everyone to ensure they have supplies to last a couple days in their homes such as batteries, food, water, essential medicines and first aid supplies.
Make sure you have a communications plan with friends and loved ones in order to let them know where you are during the storm.
All residents in a flood plain should also be prepared to evacuate if so ordered by local officials. These orders are very serious and only given when necessary.
Visit http://www.readypa.org/ or call 1-888-9-READYPA (1-888-973-2397) to get a full list of preparation instructions.
October 27th, 2012
With Hurricane Sandy making its way toward the East Coast, now is the time to make preparations to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
Here are tips and resources from the Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Be aware of the latest weather forecast.
Make sure you have plenty of cash on hand in case your area loses power, causing ATM machines and banks to close down as well.
Make a plan for your family, business and property.
Assemble a disaster preparedness kit stocked with critical supplies, including important documents and medications. Click HERE to see a list of the items you should put in your kit.
Purchase flood insurance in advance of the storm.
Visit www.ready.gov for the latest hurricane news and preparedness tips from FEMA.
The National Weather Service suggests you have a plan for your beloved family pets, and determine safe areas inside your home, as well as escape routes if flooding turns dangerous.
Learn more about creating a family disaster plan.
October 24th, 2012
On Tuesday Night October, 23 UAFD did some training involving ladder work and some rope work. With special THANKS to Cocciardi and Associates we used the drill tower they have. First part of training was rescue from ground ladders then we move into some rappelling and self rescue using ropes. The night was great for some back to basic training.