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 March 13, 2017 - Dauphin County Commissioners warn citizens of treacherous travel, power outages with snowstorm

HARRISBURG, 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.   

“Over 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 need.”

According 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.

“Power 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.”

Dauphin County government will be open, but in a limited capacity.

The 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.

Dauphin County’s vital human services will remain open and available throughout the storm.

“We 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.”

Senior citizens who need assistance are encouraged to call Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging, which is staffed around the clock, at 717-780-6130. 

The 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.

The 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 vehicles, and
  • Dig out fire hydrants in the event of a fire emergency.

Residents are reminded to call 9-1-1 only in an emergency. For non-emergency calls in Dauphin County, call 717-558-6900.

Please visit  for safety tips, emergency kit checklists and family plan templates.​ 

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