Delaware County Council declares Disaster Emergency

Disaster Declaration 3/3/18

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This morning, Delaware County Council Chairman John McBlain issued a Declaration of Disaster Emergency for Delaware County in response to the damage caused by the overnight Nor’easter and the extensive damage to roads, bridges, homes and businesses as a result of heavy snow, high winds and fallen trees and debris across the county.
Power outages remain widespread and significant as a result of trees and power lines being down across the county. As of this morning, 82,000 Delaware County homes and businesses are without power, which is one third of the county. Delaware County Council will continue to be in contact with the Director of Delaware County Emergency Services throughout the day.

Currently County Council is working with all Delaware County municipalities to arrange warming centers that can be activated if there are numbers of people without power.
At the direction of County Council, the County Department of Emergency Services is currently working with affected municipalities to take all appropriate action to respond to the effects of the snowstorm including the extensive power outages across the county, and damage caused the high winds. 
Chairman McBlain issued the declaration Saturday, March 3 at 10:15 a.m., made under the authority of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Services Code.

By proclaiming a disaster, County Council authorizes resources to help municipalities in the response and recovery efforts. The declaration will remain in effect for seven days.
In addition to ongoing emergency response efforts, the Emergency Declaration positions the county and municipalities to secure the assistance and resources they need to respond and recover from the storm. The local emergency management plans of the municipalities is now activated. The declaration allows municipal governments to waive certain formal requirements to secure the personnel and contractors needed to respond to the emergency.
The declaration empowers officials to coordinate their emergency response; to take all action needed to alleviate the effects of this storm, and to aid in the restoration of all essential services.
Residents are reminded to have a personal emergency and warming plans in place for overnight as temperature drop into the evening.

The county website also lists various resources that assist individuals including help for the elderly through our Office of Services for the Aging (COSA) and help for homeless and vulnerable citizens through our Department of Human Services.

People are reminded to be careful about the use of generators and to recognize the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Council reminds residents to use generators safely. Those using standby electric generators should make sure they are properly installed by a licensed electrician in a well-ventilated area. Improperly installed generators pose a significant danger to crews working on power lines. If using portable generators, be sure they are in a well-ventilated area.

Residents are reminded to unplug or turn off all electrical appliances to avoid overloading circuits and to prevent fire hazards when power is restored. Simply leave a single lamp on to signal when power returns. Turn appliances back on one at a time when conditions return to normal.
Residents are directed to report downed trees that are blocking highways to 911. Power outages and downed lines should be reported to PECO at 800-494-4000. People should only call 911 for emergencies. For more information or to register for Delco Alert, visit