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09/11/2021
PEMA Director Reflects on 9/11, 20 Years Later

It's been 20 years since the attacks of September 11, 2001 – a day a that will never be forgotten, certainly not by the victims' families or first responders who did everything they could.

PEMA Director Randy Padfield started his day like any other and finished it in New York City with PA Task Force 1.

Watch him reflect on his experiences from that day and the days that followed.

Governor Tom Wolf today announced that President Joe Biden approved his request to declare a major disaster in Pennsylva...
09/11/2021
Gov. Wolf’s Request Approved for Major Disaster Declaration for Ida

Governor Tom Wolf today announced that President Joe Biden approved his request to declare a major disaster in Pennsylvania following heavy rainfall, severe flash flooding, and tornadoes from Tropical Depression #Ida that impacted Pennsylvania on August 31 through September 5, 2021.

The major disaster declaration through FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide federal funding and services to eligible individuals and households through the Individual Assistance program and impacted communities through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

“I want to thank FEMA for working closely with our staff and local officials to quickly assess damages in hard-hit communities and approve Pennsylvania for federal relief,” said PEMA Director Randy Padfield. “I urge everyone affected by this historic storm to continue to document all damages and costs incurred with cleanup so that you’re ready to apply for and receive financial support.”

Learn more:

Governor Tom Wolf today announced that President Joe Biden approved his request to declare a major disaster in Pennsylvania following Ida.

20 years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, many are thinking about where they were that day, how they learned of ...
09/10/2021
Memories of 9/11: Vivid images of NYC without the Twin Towers and a horizon filled with dust, smoke

20 years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, many are thinking about where they were that day, how they learned of the attacks, and their personal response to what had occurred.

PEMA Director Randy Padfield started his day like any other, and finished it in New York City with PA Task Force 1.

Learn more about his experiences during 9/11:

As a member of the Pa. Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue team, the days were filled with little sleep and significant frustration as we worked with many others desperately searching for survivors.

PEMA, in coordination with the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management, will be opening a Multi-Agency Resource Cent...
09/10/2021

PEMA, in coordination with the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management, will be opening a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Philadelphia to assist individuals, families, and businesses affected by #Ida storm damage and provide access to state and local resources.

WHO: This MARC is available for all Philadelphia residents and will have representatives from more than a dozen state, local, county, and regional agencies

WHERE: Gustine Recreation Center, 4868 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19129

WHEN: Friday (9/10/21) and Saturday (9/11/21) from noon to 8:00 PM

Learn more: bit.ly/3hl08sB

PEMA, in coordination with the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management, will be opening a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Philadelphia to assist individuals, families, and businesses affected by #Ida storm damage and provide access to state and local resources.

WHO: This MARC is available for all Philadelphia residents and will have representatives from more than a dozen state, local, county, and regional agencies

WHERE: Gustine Recreation Center, 4868 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19129

WHEN: Friday (9/10/21) and Saturday (9/11/21) from noon to 8:00 PM

Learn more: bit.ly/3hl08sB

It's important to have a family emergency kit in case of a disaster, with items like flashlights, extra batteries, water...
09/09/2021

It's important to have a family emergency kit in case of a disaster, with items like flashlights, extra batteries, water, etc. If you have little ones in your household, it's equally as important to include comfort items, like a teddy bear! 🧸

Learn more: https://bit.ly/35kTgWU

#TeddyBearDay #PreparedInPA #NPM

It's important to have a family emergency kit in case of a disaster, with items like flashlights, extra batteries, water, etc. If you have little ones in your household, it's equally as important to include comfort items, like a teddy bear! 🧸

Learn more: https://bit.ly/35kTgWU

#TeddyBearDay #PreparedInPA #NPM

We're taking National Preparedness Month week by week. Join us!📅 WEEK #1 GOAL: MAKE A PLANIt's pretty easy to make a pla...
09/09/2021
Be Prepared in PA with 30 Days/30 Ways Throughout September!

We're taking National Preparedness Month week by week. Join us!

📅 WEEK #1 GOAL: MAKE A PLAN

It's pretty easy to make a plan that suits you and your family with our #ReadyPA tips. ⤵️

#PreparedInPA #NPM

​September is National Preparedness Month and the beginning of PA's 30 Days/30 Ways to be Prepared for Emergencies.

09/08/2021

DID YOU KNOW? Each of our facilities has its own Fire Emergency Response Team (FERT) that is prepared to respond to emergencies.

Last month, FERT members from throughout the DOC attended a class at the State Fire Academy to sharpen their skills. Students participated in live scenarios so they’re ready for any potential fire emergency. #PreparedInPA

PA Weather Update 9/8/21: Be alert for damaging wind, tornadoes, and heavy rain leading to pockets of flooding later tod...
09/08/2021

PA Weather Update 9/8/21: Be alert for damaging wind, tornadoes, and heavy rain leading to pockets of flooding later today into tonight in central and eastern PA. 🌬️🌪️🌧️

#PAWX #TurnAroundDontDrown

September is National Preparedness Month! We'll be sharing emergency preparedness info with Pennsylvanians all month lon...
09/08/2021
30 Days/30 Ways 2021

September is National Preparedness Month! We'll be sharing emergency preparedness info with Pennsylvanians all month long.

Here's how to participate:
✅ Learn about #NPM & sign up for 30 Days/30 Ways: ready.pa.gov/30Days30Ways
✅ Watch & post with the hashtag #PreparedInPA

Pennsylvania's 30 Days/30 Ways to be prepared for emergencies during National Preparedness Month.

09/06/2021

Happy Labor Day, Pennsylvania! Thank you to every worker who keeps our commonwealth moving forward.

🚨 REMINDER: Our After the Disaster Guide (PDF) can help you get started with the recovery process after #Ida.More: bit.l...
09/04/2021

🚨 REMINDER: Our After the Disaster Guide (PDF) can help you get started with the recovery process after #Ida.

More: bit.ly/After-The-Disaster

Disasters like Hurricane #Ida can turn your life upside down.

Knowing how and where to go to begin to recover is important. Access the commonwealth's After the Disaster Guide for help on your recovery journey.

🔗 After the Disaster Guide: bit.ly/After-The-Disaster

09/04/2021

Labor Day weekend is here and oftentimes that means GRILLING! 🍔🌭

Enjoy some good food and stay safe with these tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Learn more: http://bit.ly/2KLlsc4

#BeFireSafePA #LaborDay #GrillingSafety

The remnants of Hurricane #Ida devastated areas across Pennsylvania. If you were affected, it can feel overwhelming. We ...
09/03/2021

The remnants of Hurricane #Ida devastated areas across Pennsylvania. If you were affected, it can feel overwhelming. We can help you begin the recovery process.

Start with our After the Disaster Guide (PDF): bit.ly/After-The-Disaster

#PAWX #HurricaneIda

The remnants of Hurricane #Ida devastated areas across Pennsylvania. If you were affected, it can feel overwhelming. We can help you begin the recovery process.

Start with our After the Disaster Guide (PDF): bit.ly/After-The-Disaster

#PAWX #HurricaneIda

Financial aid is available to residents and businesses in Tioga County after severe storms caused flash flooding and sig...
09/03/2021
Gov. Wolf Announces Low-Interest Loans to be Made Available for Those Affected by August Flash Flooding

Financial aid is available to residents and businesses in Tioga County after severe storms caused flash flooding and significant damage on August 18, 2021.

Residents and businesses in the neighboring counties of Bradford, Lycoming, and Potter can also apply for aid.

Next week, the U.S. Small Business Administration will open a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) in Tioga County to provide in-person assistance for those wishing to apply. Businesses and individuals may immediately obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing [email protected].

Learn more: bit.ly/3mXpwIt

Gov. Wolf announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration approved a request to make financial aid available to residents of Tioga and neighboring counties following severe flood damage on August 18.

09/03/2021

☔ The last thing you need on top of flood and storm damage is a foodborne illness.

If you’ve experienced flooding and power outages from Tropical Depression Ida, know how to keep your family safe from foodborne illness. Many food items, even those sealed and unopened, will need to be discarded if they’ve been submerged in floodwaters.

Learn this and more ⤵️

https://bit.ly/2WRwKCz

Stay safe, Pennsylvania.

Floods
09/02/2021
Floods

Floods

Learn about who is most at risk for emotional distress from floods and where to find disaster-related resources.

Disasters like Hurricane #Ida can turn your life upside down. Knowing how and where to go to begin to recover is importa...
09/02/2021

Disasters like Hurricane #Ida can turn your life upside down.

Knowing how and where to go to begin to recover is important. Access the commonwealth's After the Disaster Guide for help on your recovery journey.

🔗 After the Disaster Guide: bit.ly/After-The-Disaster

Disasters like Hurricane #Ida can turn your life upside down.

Knowing how and where to go to begin to recover is important. Access the commonwealth's After the Disaster Guide for help on your recovery journey.

🔗 After the Disaster Guide: bit.ly/After-The-Disaster

📢 TODAY AT NOON: Governor Tom Wolf, PA Emergency Management Agency, and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennD...
09/02/2021

📢 TODAY AT NOON: Governor Tom Wolf, PA Emergency Management Agency, and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will provide an update on state agency activities in response to heavy rain and flooding due to the remnants of #Ida.

WATCH:
🔴 pacast.com/live/pema
🔴 facebook.com/PEMAHQ

#PAWX

📢 TODAY AT NOON: Governor Tom Wolf, PA Emergency Management Agency, and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will provide an update on state agency activities in response to heavy rain and flooding due to the remnants of #Ida.

WATCH:
🔴 pacast.com/live/pema
🔴 facebook.com/PEMAHQ

#PAWX

Did you lose power due to #Ida? Stay safe with these tips from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission:📱 Call your ut...
09/02/2021
Press Release

Did you lose power due to #Ida? Stay safe with these tips from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission:

📱 Call your utility hotline (not 911) to report outages
🚫 Do not approach or touch fallen power lines
🌊 Stay away from objects or puddles in contact with downed power lines
🌳 Do not try to remove trees or limbs from lines

Learn more:

PA Public Utility Commission regulates the services you rely on: electric, natural gas, pipeline, motor carrier, rail, telecomm, water and wastewater.

Timeline Photos
09/02/2021

Timeline Photos

About 98k Pennsylvania #utility customers w/o power this morning from #HurricaneIda, mostly in SE PA:
- Montgomery County 37k
- Chester Co. 8k
- Bucks Co. 7.5k
Check the PUC's #utility safety tips, including issues related to #flooding: http://ow.ly/miAG50G33aW

As flood, tornado, and other severe weather Watches and Warnings continue to be issued across the state, make sure you k...
09/01/2021

As flood, tornado, and other severe weather Watches and Warnings continue to be issued across the state, make sure you know what they mean. Knowing your weather terms can help you make informed decisions for your, and your loved ones', safety.

WATCH = Be prepared! The ingredients are in place for hazardous weather to happen.

WARNING = Take action! Hazardous weather has formed and is happening.

Learn more: weather.gov/safety

#PAWX #Ida

As flood, tornado, and other severe weather Watches and Warnings continue to be issued across the state, make sure you know what they mean. Knowing your weather terms can help you make informed decisions for your, and your loved ones', safety.

WATCH = Be prepared! The ingredients are in place for hazardous weather to happen.

WARNING = Take action! Hazardous weather has formed and is happening.

Learn more: weather.gov/safety

#PAWX #Ida

Did you know 12 inches of rushing water can carry away most cars? 🌧️If you see barricades or barriers blocking the road,...
09/01/2021

Did you know 12 inches of rushing water can carry away most cars? 🌧️

If you see barricades or barriers blocking the road, do not drive past them. 🚧 They are there for a reason – to keep you and first responders safe.

If you come across still or moving water, even without a barricade, always TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN. 🚫🚗

Learn more: bit.ly/3lRoxWd

#TurnAroundDontDrown #Ida #PAWX

Did you know 12 inches of rushing water can carry away most cars? 🌧️

If you see barricades or barriers blocking the road, do not drive past them. 🚧 They are there for a reason – to keep you and first responders safe.

If you come across still or moving water, even without a barricade, always TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN. 🚫🚗

Learn more: bit.ly/3lRoxWd

#TurnAroundDontDrown #Ida #PAWX

See these important power outage safety tips from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.Learn more from the #ReadyP...
09/01/2021

See these important power outage safety tips from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

Learn more from the #ReadyPA website: bit.ly/Power-Outage-PA

As the remnants of #HurricaneIda move toward Pennsylvania, the Public Utility Commission urges residents to consider these #utility safety tips: http://ow.ly/wCUg50G1DWF

📢 TODAY AT 11 AM: Governor Tom Wolf, PA Emergency Management Agency, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)...
09/01/2021

📢 TODAY AT 11 AM: Governor Tom Wolf, PA Emergency Management Agency, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), and PA State Police will provide an update on state agency activities in response to heavy rain and flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.

WATCH:
🔴 pacast.com/live/pema
🔴 facebook.com/PEMAHQ

#Ida #PAWX

📢 TODAY AT 11 AM: Governor Tom Wolf, PA Emergency Management Agency, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), and PA State Police will provide an update on state agency activities in response to heavy rain and flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.

WATCH:
🔴 pacast.com/live/pema
🔴 facebook.com/PEMAHQ

#Ida #PAWX

Governor Tom Wolf signed a proclamation of disaster emergency in anticipation of significant rainfall and widespread flo...
09/01/2021
Governor Wolf Signs Weather Emergency Proclamation in Anticipation of Widespread Flooding Associated with Ida | Governor Tom Wolf

Governor Tom Wolf signed a proclamation of disaster emergency in anticipation of significant rainfall and widespread flooding expected from the remnants of Hurricane #Ida.

PEMA has been tracking Ida since before it made landfall along the Gulf coast. We've held coordination calls with state agencies and county emergency management personnel to synchronize operations and provide a common operating picture among all agencies.

The Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) at PEMA headquarters has ramped up 24-hour operations starting at 8:00 AM today, with in-person or virtual staffing from many agencies.

Learn more:

Governor Tom Wolf today signed a proclamation of disaster emergency in anticipation of significant rainfall and widespread flooding expected from the remnants of Tropical Depression Ida.    “This dangerous storm continues to have devastating impacts across the South and as it heads toward Pennsy...

Photos from US National Weather Service State College PA's post
09/01/2021

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

Prepare NOW for the heavy rain that #Ida will bring to much of PA this week. 🌧️ Here’s how:🔦 Stock your home emergency k...
08/31/2021

Prepare NOW for the heavy rain that #Ida will bring to much of PA this week. 🌧️ Here’s how:

🔦 Stock your home emergency kit: bit.ly/Build-Kit
⚠️ Have at least 2 ways to get weather alerts: bit.ly/Alert-PA
ℹ️ Know your weather terms, such as Flood Watch and Flood Warning: bit.ly/ReadyPA-Flood
🗑️ Secure garbage cans, lawn furniture, and anything that could become airborne
🍂 Clean out gutters and storm drains so rainwater can easily flow

#PAWX #ReadyPA #TurnAroundDontDrown

Prepare NOW for the heavy rain that #Ida will bring to much of PA this week. 🌧️ Here’s how:

🔦 Stock your home emergency kit: bit.ly/Build-Kit
⚠️ Have at least 2 ways to get weather alerts: bit.ly/Alert-PA
ℹ️ Know your weather terms, such as Flood Watch and Flood Warning: bit.ly/ReadyPA-Flood
🗑️ Secure garbage cans, lawn furniture, and anything that could become airborne
🍂 Clean out gutters and storm drains so rainwater can easily flow

#PAWX #ReadyPA #TurnAroundDontDrown

⚠️ PA Weather Update 8/31/21: A serious and significant heavy rain event is expected to impact Pennsylvania Wednesday (9...
08/31/2021

⚠️ PA Weather Update 8/31/21: A serious and significant heavy rain event is expected to impact Pennsylvania Wednesday (9/1) through Thursday (9/2) as #Ida passes.

🌊 Flash, urban, and stream flooding expected
🌊 Some river flooding possible late week

Prepare TODAY for flooding impacts: bit.ly/ReadyPA-Flood

#PAWX #TurnAroundDontDrown

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