The York County Commissioners and Office of Emergency Management, York, Pa., are urging residents to use caution as Hurricane Sandy moves toward the area.
Monday morning, the commissioners approved a disaster emergency declaration. The declaration authorizes county officials to take immediate action to address conditions related to the superstorm. 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.
Forecasters are predicting storm conditions to worsen as Monday progresses. Strong winds, extended power outages and flooding are possible. Overall traffic to the 911 Center through 10:30 a.m. on Monday was approximately normal. Additional traffic is expected as the storm worsens.
Residents are advised to:
- Avoid unnecessary travel if conditions become dangerous. never drive through flooded roads. If your vehicle is suddenly caught in rising water, leave it immediately and seek higher ground.
- If flooding occurs, get to higher ground.
- Avoid touching downed wires, whether believed to be “live” or not
- Make sure to keep storm drains and gutters free of debris
- Listen to the radio or television for information
- Call electricity providers to report power outages that don’t present a threat to safety or property.
- Be very cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
York County on Monday morning opened its Emergency Operations Center, located within the Emergency Services Center in Springettsbury Township. The Emergency Operations Center will remain open on a 24-hour basis for the duration of the event.
The Emergency Operations Center is responsible for the “big picture” of the response. Staff at the Center gather data, coordinate the delivery of resources and make strategic decisions to benefit the community’s overall response.
Residents and members of the media interested in receiving information through social media from York County can follow the Office of Emergency Management’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Interested parties can also review active traffic and fire incidents by clicking on “Active 911 Calls” on the county’s website, http://yorkcountypa.gov.
For more information on how to prepare for the storm, residents can also visit www.ready-york.org or www.ready.gov.