PA (March 13, 2017) – Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff
Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III and the county’s Emergency
Management Agency (DEMA) are warning residents of the potential for hazardous
travel conditions, downed trees and power outages with heavy snowfall that is
expected to hit the area on Monday night through Tuesday.
a foot of snow, with strong winds and white-out conditions, will make travel very
treacherous,” said Pries, who oversees DEMA. “We’re closely monitoring
conditions and are ready to respond and provide assistance to municipalities in
to the National Weather Service, the heaviest snow is expected Monday overnight
into Tuesday, with periods of 1 to 2 inches of snow accumulation an hour.
outages are a big concern,” said Haste.
“Wet and heavy snow combined with powerful winds may cause downed trees
and power lines. If you see a downed line, do not attempt to move or drive over
it. Instead, report it to the power provider.”
County government will be open, but in a limited capacity.
commissioners are implementing liberal leave for non-essential county
government employees for Tuesday, March 14. County-owned parks, such as Fort
Hunter and Wildwood, will be closed to allow time for snow removal. Dauphin
County Prison has canceled visitation for March 14.
County’s vital human services will remain open and available throughout the
are ready to respond and provide support to senior citizens and anyone in need
during the winter storm,” said Hartwick, who oversees the county’s Human
Services. “Our Agency on Aging caseworkers are calling all elderly and at-risk
clients to ensure they have adequate heat and food and to remind them to call us
if they need help.”
citizens who need assistance are encouraged to call Dauphin County Area Agency
on Aging, which is staffed around the clock, at 717-780-6130.
county’s 24-hour emergency Crisis Intervention will also be available to anyone
who is suffering a mental health crisis and needs immediate assistance or
counseling. To reach Crisis
Intervention, call 717-232-7511 or 1-888-596-4447. Anyone needing drug and alcohol or addiction
services should call 717-635-2254. Dauphin County Children and Youth Services will
also be open and can be reached at 780-7200.
commissioners also recommend the following safety tips:
- Use safe home-heating practices,
- Have an emergency supply kit, with
flashlights, batteries, blankets and other items,
- Remove cars parked on roadways,
especially the Snow Emergency Routes, and stay off the roads so the crews
can do their work,
- Keep a safe distance between
- Dig out fire hydrants in the
event of a fire emergency.
are reminded to call 9-1-1 only in an emergency. For non-emergency calls in
Dauphin County, call 717-558-6900.
Please visit www.DauphinCounty.org for safety tips, emergency kit checklists and
family plan templates.