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Storm Preparation Information

October 2, 2015
Press Release

Philadelphia- As the region braces for some potentially dangerous weather this weekend, Congressman Brendan Boyle (PA-13) wants to remind everyone that his Montgomery County and Philadelphia offices will be open to answer any questions and help with any problems.  The best number to call after business hours is 202-256-2888.

Local organizations and companies are also offering safety information.  

This is information from PECO’s website:
Before a storm hits or an outage occurs, it's good to be prepared...
•    Keep PECO's emergency telephone number, 1-800-841-4141, handy with other emergency numbers near the telephone.  Have at least one standard non-cordless telephone or a cellular phone available to make calls.
•    Have a flashlight with fresh batteries on each floor of your home.
•    Avoid using candles; a battery-operated lantern would be a better bet.  If using candles, never leave them unattended.
•    Have a battery-powered clock.

For more information from PECO:

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency issued this information:

“We are several days away from any impact from Hurricane Joaquin, but we’re expecting more rain this weekend so if you live in a flood prone area, get ready,” said Richard D. Flinn, Jr., director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. “It is important for people to be prepared and what they do now can make a big difference if there is flooding later.”
Flinn said it is important for the public to understand the difference between a flood watch and a flood warning because each represents a different level of action to be taken.

•    A flood watch means that flooding may occur. Residents should stay alert and watch rivers and streams, and be prepared to move to high ground quickly.
•    A flood warning means that there is actual flooding. Residents should act at once and move to high ground.

“People tend to underestimate the force of water,” Flinn said. “Six inches of fast-moving water can knock over a person and 12 inches of rushing water can carry away a small car. It is never safe to drive through or walk into flood waters.”
To help ensure safety for motorists and emergency responders alike, state law mandates that motorists who drive around or through signs or traffic control devices closing a road or highway due to hazardous conditions will have two points added to their driving records and be fined up to $250. Penalties are higher if emergency responders are called to rescue motorists who disregard warning signs.

Flinn said parts of the state could also see strong gusty winds over the weekend, and residents should consider securing or storing outdoor furniture, decorations or other items that could damage buildings or cars and injure others.
For more information from PEMA:

For more information from Philadelphia City Emergency Services:

Montgomery County Emergency Services