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Community Advised To Prepare For Incoming Storm

The York County Office of Emergency Management is advising residents to prepare for the incoming winter storm.

Weather forecasters are predicting that York County could receive several inches of sleet/snow and significant ice accumulations Tuesday night into Wednesday. Substantial power outages are possible.

In anticipation of winter storm, the Office of Emergency Management offers the following preparedness tips:

  • Residents should maintain an emergency kit in their homes to ensure they have adequate supplies if unable to leave their homes. Such kits should minimally include: A supply of drinking water, non-perishable food, non-electric can opener, first-aid kit, radio, flashlight, personal health needs and extra batteries.
  • Have the phone number to your electricity provider available. Residents should not call 911 to report power outages unless the outage poses a threat to safety or property. Instead, residents should call their electricity provider (numbers listed below).
  • Residents should have on hand an adequate supply of rock salt or alternate product to melt ice on walkways, as well as snow shovels and other snow/ice removal equipment.
  • Clear fire hydrants near your home or business from snow so they are readily accessible to fire departments.
  • Ensure that generators are prepared and ready to safely use pursuant to manufacturer instructions. Never use a generator indoors or near windows or doors. Call an electrician if needed to help with installation, maintenance or preparation.
  • Take the necessary steps to prepare alternate sources of heat (e.g. kerosene heaters, wood stoves, etc.) if residents plan to use them during a power outage. Follow manufacturer instructions and ensure an adequate supply of fuel.
  • Make sure your vehicle contains an emergency kit containing, at minimum, water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, extra blankets, maps, jumper cables and a first-aid kit.
  • Residents can visit www.ready-york.org for more preparedness information and also can follow the Office of Emergency Management on Facebook to get news and updates from the agency.


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Power Outage Contact Information:

• Met-Ed and Penelec: 1-888-544-4877
• PPL: 1-800-342-5775,
• Adams Electric: 1-800-726-2324,
• PECO: 1-800-841-4141,
• UGI: 1-800-276-2722.

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