Snow Communications Mishap

Earlier today, the state put out the following press release, which included local emergency management numbers for residents to call. But there was just one tiny problem. That Philly number is the personal line for the city's deputy managing director for emergency management.

Philly officials would like folks to call 3-1-1.

News for Immediate Release

Feb. 11, 2010

Governor Rendell: Winter Storm Recovery Continues

Harrisburg – Governor Edward G. Rendell today said PennDOT, the National Guard, and local authorities are continuing to respond to the two major winter storms that hammered Pennsylvania over the past week.

“The most serious problems we face continue to be in the southeastern region,” Governor Rendell said. “PECO is working to restore power to an estimated 70,000 households, and it is possible that they could be without electricity until Sunday.”

In the southeast, residents are urged to contact their county’s emergency management agency with requests for assistance that do not involve life-threatening emergencies. The contact numbers are:

Philadelphia County: 215-686-2106
Bucks County: 215-340-8700
Chester County: 610-344-5000
Delaware County: 610-565-8700
Montgomery County: 610-631-6500

Call 911 for any life-threatening emergency. Do not call 911 for non-emergencies or to request information.

In the southwestern region, the Governor noted that an estimated 20,000 households continue to be without electricity as a result of the storms.

Statewide, hundreds of Pennsylvania National Guard troops are conducting “presence patrols” to assist residents who are stranded or in need of other assistance.

Although most major interstates are clear, PennDOT and municipalities are working to address secondary and local routes. Motorists may encounter difficult conditions, especially on rural roads.

“State and local agencies have done a tremendous job responding to this storm,” the Governor said. “The public helped tremendously by heeding our requests to avoid travel during the worst of the weather.”