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Commissioners Warn of Incoming Snowstorm

The York County Commissioners are advising residents to take steps in preparation for the incoming winter storm.

Weather forecasters are projecting that York County could receive significant snowfall Wednesday night into Thursday. The Commissioners warn that heavy snowfall could cause dangerous conditions and severely affect travel in the region.

The Commissioners, in consultation with the Office of Emergency Management and Area Agency on Aging, offer the following safety 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.
  • Check on vulnerable neighbors, friends and relatives before, during and after the storm. Make sure vulnerable individuals are adequately prepared with an emergency kit including any specific medicines they might need.
  • Keep handy a list of emergency phone contacts, including the numbers of family and friends and electricity providers (listed below). Residents should not call 911 to report power outages unless the outage poses a threat to safety or property.
  • Clear fire hydrants near your home or business from snow so they are readily accessible to fire departments. Clearing the hydrants is particularly important with the existing amount of snow already on the ground.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Clear snow off all exposed surfaces (including the tops) of vehicles before driving.
  • Take care not to overexert when shoveling snow.
  • 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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