Governor signs disaster emergency proclamation

Governor Tom Corbett has signed a disaster emergency proclamation to assist state and local authorities in responding to an ice and snow storm that has damaged infrastructure, slowed travel across much of the state and caused widespread power outages.

“At the height of this storm, nearly 849,000 customers were without power in Pennsylvania,” Governor Corbett said. “This will be a days long recovery process, and we’re utilizing this disaster declaration to speed up state assistance to all affected parts of the state.”

The prclamation authorizes state agencies to use all available resources and personnel, as necessary, to cope with the magnitude and severity of this emergency situation. The time consuming bid and contract procedures, as well as other formalities normally prescribed by law, are waived for the duration of the proclamation.

The proclamation does not restrict vehicular travel on commonwealth roads, but motorists are encouraged to delay unnecssary travel and heed local road closures that may be in place.

To read the entire proclamation click here.

4 comments

  • barb

    a little late isnt it , that should have been done early wed. morning and the national guard called in to assist with trees so that electric crews could restore power faster , your got elderly people out there with no heat , no way to cook , cant get out too get meds, like my sister for example is on insulin , her power has been off since 3 am wed morning , but yet not 50 ft away a trailer park had service restored by med ed but the excuse they gave me for my sisters service not being restored is she only has 10 people on her road that doesnt have power so shes not a priority ,

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