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Commissioners Issue Disaster Declaration; Emergency Operations Center Open

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York County Commissioners Steve Chronister, Chris Reilly and Doug Hoke today approved a declaration of disaster emergency for the County.

The declaration authorizes County officials to take immediate action to address conditions related to the ongoing snowstorm.

For example, it allows the County to acquire rental equipment and enter into contracts without the normal bidding process. The goal is to allow county officials the ability to act quickly to address needs throughout the County.

The County’s Emergency Operations Center was also activated this morning to monitor conditions and provide support to local municipalities and response agencies.

The Commissioners are advising residents to avoid unnecessary travel and heed snow emergencies issued by local municipalities. The ongoing snowfall has created dangerous travel conditions, and removing vehicles from snow emergency routes allows road crews to most effectively remove snow from the roads.

The Commissioners, in consultation with the Office of Emergency Management and Area Agency on Aging, offer the following safety tips:

  • Ensure proper ventilation of furnaces, water heaters and other appliances that depend on external ventilation. Clear snow from exhaust pipes.
  • Clear snow from gas meters. Heavy snow can cover the regulator vent and block gas service.
  • Check on vulnerable neighbors, friends and relatives during and after the storm. Make sure they have an adequate supply of food, water and medicine.
  • Do not call 911 to report power outages unless the outage poses a threat to safety or property (contact numbers for electricity providers is listed below).
  • Clear fire hydrants near your home or business from snow so the hydrants are readily accessible to fire departments.
  • Clear snow off all exposed surfaces of vehicles before driving, including the top of the vehicle.
  • Take care not to overexert when shoveling snow. Push the snow as you shovel because it’s easier on your back than lifting the snow. Make sure to stretch before and after snow removal. Take breaks as necessary.

Residents can visit www.ready-york.org for more preparedness information and also can follow the Office of Emergency Management on Facebook to get news and updates from the agency.