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FREE COVID-19 TESTING BLAIR COUNTY CONVENTION CENTERDECEMBER DATES ADDEDAGES 3 AND UP *NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARYCOVID SYM...
12/21/2021

FREE COVID-19 TESTING BLAIR COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER
DECEMBER DATES ADDED
AGES 3 AND UP *NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY
COVID SYMPTOMS AREN’T REQUIRED TO RECEIVE TESTING
ALL ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING PHOTO ID
TEST RESULTS AVAILABLE IN 24-48 HOURS
QUESTIONS? CONTACT AMI TESTING CENTER AT 1-844-522-5952

FREE COVID-19 TESTING BLAIR COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER
DECEMBER DATES ADDED
AGES 3 AND UP *NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY
COVID SYMPTOMS AREN’T REQUIRED TO RECEIVE TESTING
ALL ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING PHOTO ID
TEST RESULTS AVAILABLE IN 24-48 HOURS
QUESTIONS? CONTACT AMI TESTING CENTER AT 1-844-522-5952

12/16/2021

BLAIR PA ALERT: Blair County 911 lines are functioning normally. Use 911 to request emergency services as normal. Do Not Call 911 to test. JB

12/16/2021

BLAIR PA ALERT: 911 Incoming phone lines are down in Blair County. For any emergency, call 814-207-7730 or 814327-0203 or 814-215-1145 to request help JB

12/15/2021

BLAIR PA ALERT: FREE COVID-19 Testing in Blair County, PA
Blair County will have a drive-thru only COVID-19 testing clinic at the Blair County Convention Center, One Convention Center Drive, Altoona, PA, to help contain the spread of cases during the holiday season.
Please consider getting tested before spending time with family and friends.
Clinics will be held during the following dates and times:
December 2021 testing dates
Friday, December 17, 9AM-6PM
Saturday, December 18, 7AM-2PM
Sunday, December 19, 9AM-6PM
Monday, December 20, 9AM-6PM
January 2022 testing dates:
Monday, January 3, 9AM-6PM
Tuesday, January 4, 9AM-6PM
Wednesday, January 5, 9AM-6PM
Thursday, January 6, 9AM-6PM
Friday, January 7, 9AM-6PM
Mid-nasal passage swab PCR tests will be performed. Testing is on a first-come, first-serve basis and is completely free. Testing is also open to individuals who are not county residents. Patients must be ages three and older and are not required to show symptoms of COVID-19 in order to be tested. No appointment is necessary. Patients are encouraged to bring a photo-ID. The turnaround time for test results is 24-48 hours.
For more information, call the AMI Testing Call Center at 1-844-522-5952. (Do not call the Convention Center for information.)
Blair County Department of Emergency Services-CF

11/25/2021

1. Don’t let a pre-Thanksgiving party squash your holiday meal. From 2015-2019, 135 drivers involved in fatal crashes on Thanksgiving eve were alcohol-impaired. If you’ve been drinking, call a sober friend, taxi, or ride share to get you home safely. #BuzzedDriving is drunk driving.

2. Add a designated driver to your Thanksgiving menu. It’s not an indulgence – it’s a necessity. #BuzzedDriving is drunk driving.

3. Don’t drive sauced – leave that to the cranberries. Among the 10,142 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2019, 68% were in crashes where at least one driver had a BAC of .15 or higher. #BuzzedDriving is drunk driving.

4. Only turkeys drive drunk. If you’ve been drinking, call a sober friend, ride share, or taxi to get you home safely. #BuzzedDriving is drunk driving.

6. #ThanksgivingEve is Nov. 24. Stay safe on the roads! #BuzzedDriving Is Drunk Driving.

11/12/2021

Don't miss the City of Altoona Veterans Day Parade SAT. NOV. 13th starting promptly at 10:30am. Parade route will begin at 8th Ave. & 17th. St., travel over the 17th St. Bridge onto 12th Ave., 12th Ave. to 12th St., 12th St. to 11th Ave., and 11th Ave. to 15th St.

A special ceremony will be held beside Heritage Plaza following the end of the parade.

NO PARKING WILL BE IN EFFECT FROM 8AM - 12PM ON BOTH 11TH & 12TH AVENUES, AS WELL AS THE 1100 BLK. OF 12TH ST.

VEHICLE TRAFFIC PLEASE AVOID THE PARADE ROUTE DURING THIS TIME, THANK YOU 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸

Photos from US National Weather Service State College PA's post
11/05/2021

Photos from US National Weather Service State College PA's post

11/01/2021

11/1/2021 - Or pretty much
Any Autumn Day
in Central PA...

BLAIR PA ALERT:  National Weather Service Partners-Blair County and Surrounding Areas Wednesday-Thursday, September 22 a...
09/22/2021
Self Briefing Page

BLAIR PA ALERT: National Weather Service Partners-Blair County and Surrounding Areas Wednesday-Thursday, September 22 and 23, 2021.

2-4 inches of rain may lead to flooding in Central Pennsylvania Today through Thursday.

There is a Moderate (level 3 out of 4) risk of flooding in the Laurel Highlands and Northern Alleghenies today and tonight.

A few strong to locally-damaging wind gusts are also possible in the western Alleghenies tonight.

Important changes: Moderate risk of flooding expanded to the northern Alleghenies.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY
AFTERNOON.

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a

Flash Flood Watch for a portion of central Pennsylvania, including the following areas, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Cameron, Clearfield,
Elk, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, McKean, Mifflin, Northern Centre, Northern Clinton, Potter, Somerset, Southern Centre and
Southern Clinton.

From this afternoon through Thursday afternoon.

Rain will increase in intensity this afternoon and become heavy at times tonight into Thursday morning. Rainfall totals of 2 to 4
inches are expected with locally higher amounts possible.

Flash flooding is possible especially in urban areas and along small streams and creeks.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

For more information visit https://inws.ncep.noaa.gov/a/a.php?i=62247589.

For more information, view it online at https://www.weather.gov/media/ctp/Briefing/briefing.pdf. You can also find additional weather information at https://www.weather.gov/ctp/briefing or https://www.weather.gov/ctp/selfbrief.

Blair County Department of Emergency Services-CF

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BLAIR PA ALERT: National Weather Service Partners - Blair County and Surrounding Areas, Weather for Wednesday, September...
09/21/2021
Self Briefing Page

BLAIR PA ALERT: National Weather Service Partners - Blair County and Surrounding Areas, Weather for Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

1-3 inches of rain may lead to flooding problems Wednesday through Thursday. While widespread soaking rain is expected, there is below average confidence in the timing/placement of the heaviest rain. Isolated strong to locally damaging wind gusts are also possible across the western Alleghenies Wednesday night, with the threat shifting to the eastern third of Central PA on Thursday.

For more information, view online at https://www.weather.gov/media/ctp/Briefing/briefing.pdf. You can also find additional weather information at https://www.weather.gov/ctp/briefing or https://www.weather.gov/ctp/selfbrief.

Blair County Department of Emergency Services-CF

Heat persists as excessive heat warnings and heat advisories extend from portions of the West to the Northeast. Multiple rounds of severe storms and organized heavy rain are likely across the northern Plains to the Upper Midwest. Flooding is possible in the Mid-Atlantic. Tropical Storm Ida is foreca...

This should be helpful to many of you in the City who need to plan ahead!  More safety tips to follow...
09/15/2021

This should be helpful to many of you in the City who need to plan ahead! More safety tips to follow...

This should be helpful to many of you in the City who need to plan ahead! More safety tips to follow...

Timeline Photos
09/06/2021

Timeline Photos

09/02/2021
09/01/2021

Altoona Emergency Management. Power Outages & Traffic Signal Outage - Please Avoid the following Areas:
17th St & Valley View Boulevard
17th St from Pleasant Valley Boulevard to Osgood
7th St & Pleasant Valley Boulevard
S 15th St & Valley View Boulevard
Crawford Avenue & 1st Street
Altoona Police & Logan Twp Police are on scene. Please drive with extreme caution and avoid these areas if possible.

THE MAJORITY OF THE OUTAGES ARE FROM A PENELEC SUBSTATION FIRE. THEY ARE AWARE OF THE SITUATION. WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED OUTAGE REPAIR TIMES TO DATE BUT WILL INFORM YOU AS INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

09/01/2021

BLAIR PA ALERT: September 1, 2021

The Blair County EOC (Emergency Operations Center) is open at this time. All non-emergency calls related to Tropical Depression Ida, should go to 814-940-5924 until further notice. This will keep emergency lines open for emergency calls. Thank you.

Blair County Department of Emergency Services-CF

BLAIR PA ALERT:  National Weather Service Partners-Blair County and Surrounding Areas-Wednesday-Thursday, September 1-2,...
09/01/2021
iNWS Alert

BLAIR PA ALERT: National Weather Service Partners-Blair County and Surrounding Areas-Wednesday-Thursday, September 1-2, 2021 (August 31, PM UPDATE)

Excessive rainfall combined with an already wet ground will result in considerable flash, urban and river flooding impacts Wednesday into Thursday for south-central and southeastern PA, where widespread rainfall of 3-6" is expected (and locally up to 8" is possible).

Several streams and creeks are expected to reach minor to moderate flood stage in the Juniata and Lower Main Stem Susquehanna basins. A few creeks/tributaries could even reach major flood stage.

An isolated damaging wind gust or brief tornado is possible across south-central & southeastern PA, primarily south and east of the I-81/I-78 corridor.

Important changes: Increased flooding risk and severe/tornado possibility for south-central and southeastern PA.

For more information, view it online at https://www.weather.gov/media/ctp/Briefing/briefing.pdf. You can also find additional weather information at https://www.weather.gov/ctp/briefing or https://www.weather.gov/ctp/selfbrief.

Flood Warning for the Frankstown Branch Of The Juniata At Williamsburg From Wednesday evening to late Thursday evening. Go to https://inws.ncep.noaa.gov/a/a.php?i=61644930 for more information.

Blair County Department of Emergency Services-CF

09/01/2021

BLAIR PA ALERT: Tropical Depression Ida is heading to Central PA and we need to be prepared. Here is a list of some things you can do to get your home ready for withstand four or more inches of rain.

Gutters-Clean out your gutters. Even if you do not have any trees in your yard, your gutters are possibly be filled with leaves and debris.

Downspouts-Extend downspouts away from your house. Direct the water away from the foundation. Do not direct the water toward your neighbors’ foundation. Many people use extended downspouts or pipe to get the water into the street.

French drains-Do not allow the downspouts to flow into the French drains. Too much water in the French drain keeps water from escaping the foundation.

Clean interior drains-Make sure drains are clear of debris and household items. This also means all surface areas near the drains, which could block the drain, as water flows back through the drain.

Check your sump pump-Make sure the float on the pump is clear of obstructions. Ensure the pump is plugged in and functioning properly. Clean the area around the pit and make sure it is accessible. Have a backup battery charged. Do you have a plan if you are without power?

Check your generator-Start your generator to make sure it is in working order. Check the fuel and oil levels in the generator, and fill your spare gas can.

It is better to stay home during inclement weather, and limit unnecessary travel unless evacuation is necessary. If you do need to go out, take the following precautions during flooding situations:

Never drive through flooded roadways. Cars will float and leave the roadway. Small creeks can turn into rivers. Water is extremely powerful. Turn Around-Don’t Drown.

Be aware of flooded or blocked drains or culverts along roads and highways. These are designed to be lower than the roadway and can be very deep. Cars can become lodged in the drain by the suction of draining water.

Make sure you have fresh batteries in your flash light in the event of a power outage. Charge cell phones and cell phone chargers.

Have a “go kit” ready with several days’ supply of medication, clothing, and food for each member of your family, in the event you need to evacuate quickly. Have a written list of important phone numbers for family and friends.

Trees and wires down-During a severe storm or as the ground gets saturated, trees tend to fall down, often taking utility lines with them. Treat all downed utility lines as power lines or live electrical lines. Report downed lines to 911 and report power outages to your electric supplier.

Always remember to stay calm and be patient. A weather emergency is a strain on all emergency services. The 911 center, fire, police, and EMS departments will become overwhelmed with calls for service. Call the non-emergency number to report any non-emergency calls associated with the weather event. This number may be specific for the event, so stay tuned to local media and social media for updates on what number to call if you have to call the non-emergency number.

Check on neighbors, family, or friends that might need a little extra help.

Blair County Department of Emergency Services-CF

08/31/2021
BLAIR PA ALERT:  National Weather Service Partners-Blair County and Surrounding Areas-Wednesday-Thursday, September 1-2,...
08/31/2021
Self Briefing Page

BLAIR PA ALERT: National Weather Service Partners-Blair County and Surrounding Areas-Wednesday-Thursday, September 1-2, 2021, Tropical Depression Ida Update (August 31, AM Briefing)

Excessive rainfall associated with Ida combined with pre-saturated conditions will likely result in considerable flash, urban, and river flooding impacts Wednesday into Thursday in parts of south-central Pennsylvania.

Widespread rainfall totals of 3-5” are expected across south-central PA with locally higher amounts up to 7” possible.

Several streams and creeks are expected to reach minor to moderate flood levels in the Juniata and Lower Main Stem Susquehanna basins. A few points could crest above major flood stage on Thursday.

An isolated damaging wind gust or weak/brief tornado threat remains limited and confined to extreme southeast Pennsylvania.

Important changes: Updated rainfall totals and severe thunderstorm hazards. Rising probability of significant heavy rainfall and considerable flooding impacts.

For more information, view online at https://www.weather.gov/media/ctp/Briefing/briefing.pdf. You can also find additional weather information at https://www.weather.gov/ctp/briefing or https://www.weather.gov/ctp/selfbrief.

Blair County Department of Emergency Services-CF

Heat persists as excessive heat warnings and heat advisories extend from portions of the West to the Northeast. Multiple rounds of severe storms and organized heavy rain are likely across the northern Plains to the Upper Midwest. Flooding is possible in the Mid-Atlantic. Tropical Storm Ida is foreca...

BLAIR PA ALERT: National Weather Service Partners-Blair County and Surrounding Areas-Wednesday-Thursday, September 1-2, ...
08/30/2021
Self Briefing Page

BLAIR PA ALERT: National Weather Service Partners-Blair County and Surrounding Areas-Wednesday-Thursday, September 1-2, 2021 Ida Update from 6PM August 30.

Heavy rainfall associated with Ida will result in a considerable risk of flash (rapid-onset) and river flooding Wednesday into Thursday.

Widespread rainfall totals of 3-5” are expected across south-central PA with locally-higher amounts up to 7” possible. The greatest uncertainty exists along the I-80 corridor.

Several streams and creeks are expected to experience minor to moderate flooding, with a few locations possibly cresting above major flood stage late Thursday into Friday.

No wind impacts are expected; tornado threat is very limited and confined to only extreme southern Pennsylvania and areas farther south.

Important changes: Updated rainfall totals and river forecasts.

For more information, view online at https://www.weather.gov/media/ctp/Briefing/briefing.pdf. You can also find additional weather information at https://www.weather.gov/ctp/briefing or https://www.weather.gov/ctp/selfbrief.

Blair County Department of Emergency Services-CF

Heat persists as excessive heat warnings and heat advisories extend from portions of the West to the Northeast. Multiple rounds of severe storms and organized heavy rain are likely across the northern Plains to the Upper Midwest. Flooding is possible in the Mid-Atlantic. Tropical Storm Ida is foreca...

Photos from Altoona Emergency Management's post
08/30/2021

Photos from Altoona Emergency Management's post

BLAIR PA ALERT:  National Weather Service Partners-Blair County and Surrounding Areas-Wednesday-Thursday, September 1-2,...
08/30/2021
Self Briefing Page

BLAIR PA ALERT: National Weather Service Partners-Blair County and Surrounding Areas-Wednesday-Thursday, September 1-2, 2021.

Heavy rainfall associated with Ida will result in a considerable risk of flash (rapid-onset) and river flooding Wednesday into Thursday.

Widespread rainfall totals of 2-4” are expected across south-central PA with locally-higher amounts up to 6” possible.

Several small streams and tributaries are expected to reach minor to moderate flood stage with a few locations possibly reaching major flood stage.

No wind impacts are expected; tornado threat is very limited and largely confined to the south of central Pennsylvania.

Flash Flood Watch issued for a portion of central PA

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING.

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a

Flash Flood Watch for a portion of central Pennsylvania, including the following areas, Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Clearfield, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Montour, Northern Centre, Northern Clinton, Northern Lycoming, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Southern Centre, Southern Clinton, Southern Lycoming, Sullivan, Union and York.

From Wednesday morning through Thursday morning, September 1-2, 2021. For more information go to https://inws.ncep.noaa.gov/a/a.php?i=61568294.

Heavy rainfall associated with Ida will result in an increased risk of flooding. Widespread rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are expected with locally higher amounts up to 6 inches possible across south-central Pennsylvania.

Considerable river flooding is also possible. The greatest risk of minor to moderate flood stages will be along small streams and creeks in south-central Pennsylvania.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

For more information, view online at https://www.weather.gov/media/ctp/Briefing/briefing.pdf. You can also find additional weather information at https://www.weather.gov/ctp/briefing or https://www.weather.gov/ctp/selfbrief.

Blair County Department of Emergency Services-CF

Heat persists as excessive heat warnings and heat advisories extend from portions of the West to the Northeast. Multiple rounds of severe storms and organized heavy rain are likely across the northern Plains to the Upper Midwest. Flooding is possible in the Mid-Atlantic. Tropical Storm Ida is foreca...

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