Category: Emergency Management

Health Center

County Council Approves Yeadon Site for Community Health Center

From the Delaware County Daily Times:

Delaware County Council approved an agreement for a location in Yeadon to serve as a community health center that will eventually be a site to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine and to serve as the county’s health department once that’s established.

Council unanimously approved entering into a five-year lease agreement with Yeadon Shopping Center, L.P. for a 1,235 square-foot former community shopping center at 125 Chester Ave. The agreement puts the cost at $185,4000 a year so that the space can be used to provide flu vaccines and COVID-19 tests – and eventually COVID-19 vaccines, when they become available.

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Flash Flood Watch

Flash Flood Watch/Storm Warning Wednesday August 12th

Heavy rain leading to flash flooding will be possible today into this evening.

Hazardous Weather: Showers and thunderstorms today and tonight will be capable of heavy rain. Much of the region is more vulnerable than normal to flash flooding due to the heavy rain last week, so it may not take as much rain today to cause flash flooding.

Locations affected:
The highest risk for heavy rain leading to flash flooding is across northern Delmarva, much of southeastern Pennsylvania, and portions of southwestern, central, and northern New Jersey (see the attached graphic).

Timing: Although showers and thunderstorms will be possible through the day and overnight, the period of greatest concern is this afternoon and this evening.

For more info visit http://www.weather.gov/phi/

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Home Cleanup Hotline for Storm Recovery

In light of the effects of Hurricane Isaias on our region, Delaware County Emergency Services, along with neighboring counties that affected by flooding, havs been working with Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster (VOAD) partners to establish the Hurricane Isaias Home Cleanup Hotline to support affected homeowners.

Residents should call 1-844-965-1386 (toll-free) to provide details about the extent of storm-related damages. The information will be shared with volunteers from local disaster relief organizations, community groups, and faith communities who may be able to help.

Call the Hurricane Isaias Home Cleanup Hotline if you need help with these types of services:

  • Cutting fallen trees
  • Removing affected drywall, flooring, and appliances
  • Tarping roofs
  • Mitigating mold

These services are performed by volunteers and will be provided at no cost to the resident. Service is not guaranteed, however. Resources are limited. After providing your information to the Hotline, you may be contacted by a representative from a participating organization who will determine if they are able to provide help.

The Hurricane Isaias Home Cleanup Hotline will remain open through Friday, August 28, 2020. Calls are answered by volunteers generally during business hours, but residents can call and leave a message at any time. A volunteer will return the call as soon as possible.

PLEASE NOTE: This Hotline does not provide help with social services such as food, clothing, and shelter. It also does not offer information about insurance, questions about FEMA assistance, or provide financial support. If you need assistance with concerns not related to cleaning your home, you can call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211.

Flash Flood Warning

Flash Flood Warning

Delaware County Emergency Services has advised that multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms will affect the region through Friday night. The thunderstorms will be capable of producing locally heavy rain which could cause flash flooding, especially given that the ground remains saturated from recent heavy rainfall. Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms are also possible, but heavy rain will be the primary threat.
Locations affected: Northeastern Maryland, Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania, and southern and central New Jersey.
Please stay out of floodwater and follow the tips below:

  • Always follow warnings about flooded roads.
  • Do not drive in flooded areas—cars or other vehicles will not protect you from floodwaters. They can be swept away or may stall in moving water.
  • If you have to be in or near floodwater, wear a life jacket, especially if the water is rising.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water if you have been in floodwater. If you do not have soap or water, use alcohol-based wipes or sanitizer. Floodwater can contain many things that may harm health, including germs, dangerous chemicals, human and livestock waste, wild or stray animals, downed power lines, and other contaminants that can make you sick.

Road Closed

Baily Road Closed Due to Storm Damage

Baily Road from Industrial Park Drive to Union Avenue is shut down due a large tree that fell and knocked down PECO poles and wires. Please be patient and DO NOT remove any barricades, caution tape, or other guiding and channeling devices that have been set up to warn drivers of the hazards ahead. PECO will handle this issue as soon as they can. We thank you in advance for your cooperation as storm clean up efforts continue.

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Peco

A Message from PECO

PECO Responds to Tropical Storm Isias

On Tuesday, August 4, our region experienced Tropical Storm Isaias, which ravaged the area with high winds and heavy rain. Some local areas experienced high wind gusts, which brought down trees, damaged buildings, and in more extreme cases, destroyed property.

As a result, electric equipment has been damaged, and is impacting electric service for 300,000 customers. Our crews are actively assessing the damage, and are focused on aggressively working to restore service to customers as quickly and safely as possible.

PECO’s Emergency Response Organization is activated with crews working around the clock to restore service. We won’t stop until every customer has their lights on. Thank you for your continued patience during these difficult times – we will power through this together.

Storm Warning

Weather Alert: Storm Warning

Please tune into the news stations for updated information regarding the Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaias that is expected on the East Coast on Tuesday, August 4.

Everyone should be careful not to drive through standing water or be out driving in a torrential downpour. The winds are anticipated to be strong. Please remain inside, if possible.

Here are some tips for preparing for a tropical storm or hurricane:

Stay out of floodwater.

  • Always follow warnings about flooded roads.
  • Do not drive in flooded areas—cars or other vehicles will not protect you from floodwaters. They can be swept away or may stall in moving water.
  • If you have to be in or near floodwater, wear a life jacket, especially if the water is rising.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water if you have been in floodwater. If you do not have soap or water, use alcohol-based wipes or sanitizer. Floodwater can contain many things that may harm health, including germs, dangerous chemicals, human and livestock waste, wild or stray animals, downed power lines, and other contaminants that can make you sick.

Never use a wet electrical device.

  • Turn off the power at the main breaker in your house if the device is still plugged in. Wait for an electrician to check the device before using it.
  • If the power is out, use flashlights instead of candles. If you have to use candles, keep them away from anything that can catch fire. Always stay near lit candles.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy, and make sure your family knows how to use it.

Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Fuel-burning equipment creates carbon monoxide (CO). This can include equipment like generators, pressure washers, charcoal grills, and camp stoves. You cannot smell or see carbon monoxide, but if it builds up in your home, it can cause sudden illness and death.
  • Never use portable gasoline or coal-burning equipment or camp stoves inside your home, basement, or garage. Keep it outside and at least 20 feet from any window, door, or vent.
  • Use a battery-operated or battery backup CO detector any time you use a generator or anything else that burns fuel.
    If you have a CO detector and it starts beeping, leave your home right away and call 911.

Be careful near damaged buildings.

  • Do not enter a damaged building until local authorities determine it is safe. Hurricanes can damage buildings and make them unsafe.
  • Leave your home or building if you hear shifting or unusual noises. Strange noises could mean the building about to fall.

Stay away from power lines.

  • Watch out and stay clear of fallen power lines that may be hanging overhead or on the ground. Call the electric company to report them.

Protect yourself from animals and pests.

  • Stay away from wild or stray animals after a storm. Call 911 or your public health department to report them.
  • Use insect repellent (bug spray) with DEET or picaridin. Wear long sleeves, pants, and socks when you are outside.
  • Report dead animals to local officials.