Swatara Township EMA

Swatara Township EMA Swatara Township EMA Our agency is in operations whenever the township is in need of our services. We are staffed by many dedicated public safety professionals that are here to give of their time, talent, and dedication to the residents and visitors of Swatara Township.

Operating as usual

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09/21/2021

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First day of fall = 🌧
Heavy rain with isolated flooding is possible Wed-Thurs. Showers will begin tonight, then the heaviest rain is most likely Wed & Thurs. More info: www.weather.gov/ctp Never drive through flooded roadways! #TurnAroundDontDrown #PAwx 6am 9/21/21

As the rain starts to wind down, we want to encourage residents to stay prepared.  Creeks and streams are still rising. ...
09/02/2021

As the rain starts to wind down, we want to encourage residents to stay prepared. Creeks and streams are still rising. The Swatara Creek is now expected to crest at 13.8' at Hershey by tomorow afternoon. "Major" flood stage is 14'. For those along the creek, please keep an eye through the night. Crews will continue to check different places along the creek through the night as well.

As the rain starts to wind down, we want to encourage residents to stay prepared. Creeks and streams are still rising. The Swatara Creek is now expected to crest at 13.8' at Hershey by tomorow afternoon. "Major" flood stage is 14'. For those along the creek, please keep an eye through the night. Crews will continue to check different places along the creek through the night as well.

09/01/2021
The rain is falling across the state.  We are still expected to get ALOT of rain.  Our Emergency Operations Center is op...
09/01/2021

The rain is falling across the state. We are still expected to get ALOT of rain. Our Emergency Operations Center is open and staffed. Please be careful if you are out and about today

09/01/2021
09/01/2021

Weather Alert
Flood Warning issued September 01 at 5:51AM EDT until further notice by NWS State College

...The Flood Warning continues for the following rivers in Pennsylvania... Frankstown Branch Of The Juniata At Williamsburg affecting Huntingdon and Blair Counties. Little Juniata River At Spruce Creek affecting Huntingdon and Blair Counties. Aughwick Creek At Shirleysburg affecting Huntingdon County. Sherman Creek At Shermans Dale affecting Perry County. Conodoguinet Creek Near Hogestown affecting Cumberland County. Yellow Breeches Creek Near Camp Hill affecting Cumberland and York Counties. Swatara Creek Near Hershey affecting Lebanon and Dauphin Counties. Swatara Creek At Harper Tavern affecting Schuylkill and Lebanon Counties. Conestoga River At Lancaster affecting Lancaster and York Counties. Youghiogheny River Near Confluence affecting Somerset County. For the Frankstown Branch Juniata River...including Williamsburg... Moderate flooding is forecast. For the Little Juniata River...including Spruce Creek...Minor flooding is forecast. For the Aughwick Creek...including Shirleysburg...Moderate flooding is forecast. For the Sherman Creek...including Shermans Dale...Minor flooding is forecast. For the Conodoguinet Creek...including Hogestown...Moderate flooding is forecast. For the Yellow Breeches Creek...including Camp Hill...Moderate flooding is forecast. For the Swatara Creek...including Middletown, Harper Tavern, Hershey...Moderate flooding is forecast. For the Conestoga River...including Lancaster...Moderate flooding is forecast. For the Youghiogheny River...including Confluence...Moderate flooding is forecast. ...The Flood Warning remains in effect... The Flood Warning continues for the Swatara Creek Near Hershey. * From late tonight until further notice. * At 4:45 AM EDT Wednesday the stage was 2.0 feet. * Flood stage is 7.0 feet. * Moderate flooding is forecast. * Forecast...The river is expected to rise above flood stage this evening and continue rising to a crest of 12.2 feet early tomorrow afternoon. * Impact...At 7.0 feet, The right, or north bank begins to overflow. Several roadways upstream of the gage are affected by high water. * Impact...At 8.0 feet, The right, or north bank overflows. Several roads are affected. * Impact...At 10.0 feet, A few homes adjacent to the creek upstream of the Route 39 bridge flood. * Impact...At 12.0 feet, High water affects several homes upstream of the Route 39 bridge. FEMA 10% Annual Chance Flood Level (10-year flood). * Impact...At 14.0 feet, Numerous homes adjacent to the creek are affected by high water. * Flood History...This crest compares to a previous crest of 10.2 feet on 01/21/1996. &&

08/31/2021
The Swatara Creek at Hershey is under a Flood Warning and is expected to crest near 12'!   Rain is expected to start in ...
08/31/2021

The Swatara Creek at Hershey is under a Flood Warning and is expected to crest near 12'! Rain is expected to start in the morning and exit the area by Thursday morning. We are still looking at 3-5 inches widespread and possibly up to 8 inches in some spots!!!

The Swatara Creek at Hershey is under a Flood Warning and is expected to crest near 12'! Rain is expected to start in the morning and exit the area by Thursday morning. We are still looking at 3-5 inches widespread and possibly up to 8 inches in some spots!!!

The forecast has not changed much overnight.  We would like to encourage those that live in flood prone areas, especiall...
08/31/2021

The forecast has not changed much overnight. We would like to encourage those that live in flood prone areas, especially along the Swatara Creek to start taking steps to prepare themselves, thier homes, and thier families for the potential of flooding and needing to evacuate. While the predictions are still showing "minor" flooding, we want you to be prepared for that to change.

The forecast has not changed much overnight. We would like to encourage those that live in flood prone areas, especially along the Swatara Creek to start taking steps to prepare themselves, thier homes, and thier families for the potential of flooding and needing to evacuate. While the predictions are still showing "minor" flooding, we want you to be prepared for that to change.

08/31/2021
Predictions have shifted slightly and created the potential for up to 7 inches of rain to fall in some locations.  As of...
08/30/2021

Predictions have shifted slightly and created the potential for up to 7 inches of rain to fall in some locations. As of now the Swatara Creek if expected to cause minor flooding issues. We continue to monitor all of this very closely and will keep you updated.

Predictions have shifted slightly and created the potential for up to 7 inches of rain to fall in some locations. As of now the Swatara Creek if expected to cause minor flooding issues. We continue to monitor all of this very closely and will keep you updated.

08/30/2021
08/30/2021
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Wednesday morning through Thursday morning.  Widespread ...
08/30/2021

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Wednesday morning through Thursday morning. Widespread rainfall amount of 2-4 inches and 6 inches locally are expected.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Wednesday morning through Thursday morning. Widespread rainfall amount of 2-4 inches and 6 inches locally are expected.

We are monitoring Hurricane Ida very closely.  The latest reports project up to 6+ inches of rain in some places locally...
08/30/2021

We are monitoring Hurricane Ida very closely. The latest reports project up to 6+ inches of rain in some places locally. Swatara Twp EMA, Fire-Rescue, Police and Public Works are preparing for the potential flooding and storm related incidents. We will be posting weather updates as we receive them.

Showers are building around us.  Slow moving downpours are the biggest concern with these.  Please do not drive through ...
08/27/2021

Showers are building around us. Slow moving downpours are the biggest concern with these. Please do not drive through flooded roadways.

Showers are building around us. Slow moving downpours are the biggest concern with these. Please do not drive through flooded roadways.

08/25/2021

Swatara Township Opening Cooling Station

Due to the High Temperatures forecast for Thursday, August 26th and Friday, August 27th the Swatara Township Emergency Management Agency will open a Cooling Station.at the Swatara Township Municipal Building.

The Cooling Station hours will be from Noon until 430pm on the two days listed. This will give folks a place to seek relief from the oppressive heat in a safe, indoor environment.

The Swatara Room is located at 599 Eisenhower Boulevard, it is accessible from the main entrance. The Cooling Station is Open to the Public FREE of Charge.

Cold water and light snacks will be available.

The Cooling Station Hours will be Noon until 430pm. The Cooling Station will be monitored by the Swatara Township Police Department/EMA/Fire-Rescue/ Life Team EMS. Restrooms are available and there is elevator service to and from the lower level.

Swatara Township EMA Coordinator Craig Powers is coordinating this program along with the Swatara Township Public Safety Director Darrell Reider , Swatara Township Fire Chief Mike Ibberson, and Life Team Deputy Chief Joel Hocking.

#swatarastrong
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08/21/2021

Highland Street (SR 0441) between Eisenhower Boulevard and North Harrisburg Street is scheduled to be closed for maintenance work all day on Monday, August 23rd, 2021. Detour signs are in place to help you navigate around the area.

A Tornado Warning has been issued for parts of Adams and York counties.  The storm is moving torwards the north and cpul...
08/18/2021

A Tornado Warning has been issued for parts of Adams and York counties. The storm is moving torwards the north and cpuld affect our area!

A Tornado Warning has been issued for parts of Adams and York counties. The storm is moving torwards the north and cpuld affect our area!

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch until 8 tonight.  Along with this comes the threat of flash floo...
08/18/2021

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch until 8 tonight. Along with this comes the threat of flash flooding, downed trees, and power outages. DO NOT drive through flooded roadways. With the recent storms our crews from Swatara Fire-Rescue and surrounding departments were out with multiple incidents that could have been prevented by turning around. If you have a power outage, do not dial 9-1-1 unless its an emergency, call PP&L at 1-800-DIAL-PPL.

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch until 8 tonight. Along with this comes the threat of flash flooding, downed trees, and power outages. DO NOT drive through flooded roadways. With the recent storms our crews from Swatara Fire-Rescue and surrounding departments were out with multiple incidents that could have been prevented by turning around. If you have a power outage, do not dial 9-1-1 unless its an emergency, call PP&L at 1-800-DIAL-PPL.

NEWS POST: NNO TONIGHT! VANATTA PARK FROM 6pm-9pm
08/03/2021
NEWS POST: NNO TONIGHT! VANATTA PARK FROM 6pm-9pm

NEWS POST: NNO TONIGHT! VANATTA PARK FROM 6pm-9pm

Tonight is the night! National Night Out against crime is taking place at Vanatta Park (behind 7-11 on Derry Street in Swatara Township) from 6pm to 9pm tonight. Come out and join us as we take a stand against crime in and around our...

Join us tonight for National Night Out! Some of our EMA staff will be in attendance.  We hope to see you there!
08/03/2021

Join us tonight for National Night Out! Some of our EMA staff will be in attendance. We hope to see you there!

We can't wait to see everyone at Swatara Township Police Department's National Night Out held tomorrow night at Vanatta Park 6-9pm (behind 7-11 on Derry Street).

Swatara Police Department
Swatara Township

08/01/2021

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for our area until 7PM. ⛈⛈

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for Dauphin County until 9PM.
07/29/2021

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for Dauphin County until 9PM.

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for Dauphin County until 9PM.

Keep your eyes to the sky
07/29/2021

Keep your eyes to the sky

⚠️There is an enhanced risk (level 3 out of 5) of severe T-storms over portions of south-central PA with a damaging wind, large hail, and isolated tornado threat possible between 12-8PM. 🌪️
📲📺💻Stay #WeatherReady and have multiple ways to receive warnings! 7/29/21|6AM

NEWS POST: SWATTY FLOAT WITH SWATARA POLICE
07/27/2021
NEWS POST: SWATTY FLOAT WITH SWATARA POLICE

NEWS POST: SWATTY FLOAT WITH SWATARA POLICE

Come join the Swatara Police for a float on the Swatara Creek. This event is being held on Saturday, August 21st between 10am and 12pm at Schiavoni Park in Swatara Township.

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Dauphin County until 10PM
07/12/2021

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Dauphin County until 10PM

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Dauphin County until 10PM

07/11/2021

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Dauphin County until 11PM

Photos from US National Weather Service State College PA's post
07/11/2021

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

From PennDOT - Motorists in Dauphin County are advised a contractor will perform guide rail repairs Thursday, July 8, on...
07/08/2021

From PennDOT - Motorists in Dauphin County are advised a contractor will perform guide rail repairs Thursday, July 8, on northbound Interstate 83 in Lower Paxton Township near the City of Harrisburg.

The right lane of northbound I-83 will be closed from approximately 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM between Derry Street (Exit 47) and Union Deposit Road (Exit 48) for this work. The center and left lanes will remain open, as will the ramp to Union Deposit Road.

From PennDOT - Motorists in Dauphin County are advised a contractor will perform guide rail repairs Thursday, July 8, on northbound Interstate 83 in Lower Paxton Township near the City of Harrisburg.

The right lane of northbound I-83 will be closed from approximately 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM between Derry Street (Exit 47) and Union Deposit Road (Exit 48) for this work. The center and left lanes will remain open, as will the ramp to Union Deposit Road.

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for our area until 445PM
07/06/2021

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for our area until 445PM

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for our area until 445PM

Photos from US National Weather Service State College PA's post
07/06/2021

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

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for our area until 10 PM
06/30/2021

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for our area until 10 PM

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for our area until 10 PM

06/30/2021

As we approach the 4th of July holiday, Swatara Township Fire and Police would like to remind residents and guests of local Ordinances that govern the use of fireworks. Contrary to what you may have heard, aerial fireworks may still be illegal in your neighborhoods.

Large aerial fireworks are still to be used solely by professionals with a valid permit. “Consumer fireworks” are authorized for use by civilians, but are regulated by certain rules. Most importantly, consumer fireworks cannot be used within 150 feet of an occupied structure. We ask everyone to use common sense and common courtesy when using legal fireworks. Police Officers will respond to reports of firework violations and may file charges against persons found to be using fireworks contrary to the provisions of the law. Swatara Township has enacted local Ordinances addressing the use of fireworks.

Swatara Township has the following restrictions on the use of fireworks:
A person may not intentionally ignite or discharge:
(1) Consumer fireworks on public or private property without the express permission of the property owner.
(2) Consumer fireworks or sparkling devices within, or throw consumer fireworks or sparkling devices from, a motor vehicle or building.
(3) Consumer fireworks or sparkling devices into or at a motor vehicle, building, or another person.
(4) Consumer fireworks or sparkling devices while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.
(5) Consumer fireworks within 150 feet of an occupied structure.
(6) Consumer fireworks between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 8:00 a.m. between January 2 and December 31.
(7) Consumer fireworks between the hours of 12:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. on January 1.
(8)Consumer fireworks on a date that is not within seven calendar days of a recognized federal holiday.

For more information and links please click the below links.

Sourced via CRIMEWATCH®: https://dauphin.crimewatchpa.com/swatarapd/3028/post/fireworks-0?fbclid=IwAR3zWvkgpaayZdi-1YDN_bpwL10lwUzNb0lWiP0PGcbi6u1Er4MV4pfcakk

Photos from US National Weather Service State College PA's post
06/30/2021

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

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We are always looking for more volunteers willing to spend some time and dedication to make our team work successfully during disasters that impact our township. Some of these disasters include but are not limited to : Nuclear incidents/drills, snow storms, floods, ice storms, wind storms, large fires, major traffic accidents and large gas leaks/spills.

Training is done at our agency and in the local area at the Dauphin County Department of Public Safety, PEMA and FEMA offices. However most hands on learning.

If interested in joining our organization, please contact Craig E. Powers, EMA Director at [email protected].

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