The Penn Township Emergency Management Agency exists to protect people and property. Building a safer community through partnerships with our government officials, first responders, volunteer and faith-based organizations, school district, businesses, and citizens to save lives, protect property, and to reduce the effects of disasters.
- Paul Wersing – Director 55
- Mark Kurisko – Deputy
- Jeremy Dixon – Deputy
- Chuck Miller – Deputy
- George Adamson – Deputy
- Josh Supancic – Deputy
- Karen Horchak – Team Member
- Bill Mihalco – Team Member
Check back or click the link below to subscribe to the Penn Township EMA Calendar, for up to date training, meetings and events.
Individual Preparedness Resources
- Ready: A National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement. Visit: ready.gov
- National Weather Service: Visit: weather.gov
- CodeRED Emergency Notifications: The CodeRED mobile app, which delivers free emergency notifications to Westmoreland County residents, is also used by other communities throughout the United States and Canada for alerts. Visit: co.westmoreland.pa.us/2749/CodeRED-Emergency-Notifications
Hurricane Readiness in Pennsylvania
Just because you don’t live near the coast doesn’t mean you and your property are not at risk of injury or damage due to the effects of tropical weather systems. It only takes one storm to change your life and community, especially during this new and unique COVID-19 environment.
Planning for hurricane season and other potential disasters can be stressful, and because the 2020 hurricane season comes during the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be especially so.
What hasn’t changed?
The Atlantic Hurricane Season is June 1 through November 30. Hurricanes, tropical storms, and their remnants are a real threat to Pennsylvania. Flooding rain, wind, and tornadoes are the most common threats for the state.
What has changed?
How we prepare for hurricanes during a pandemic requires each of us to review our hurricane emergency plan and consider some of the pandemic guidance that may alter that plan.
We review some of these considerations for the plan below
Flooding or power outages caused by tropical weather could force you to leave your home for higher ground. Or, you may host friends or family who need to evacuate their homes for any reason, so you should consider the need for additional emergency supplies and plan for physical distancing measures to protect family or vulnerable loved ones.
Additional changes to your evacuation or sheltering plans during a pandemic may include:
- Are there any family members that are particularly vulnerable to the virus?
- Will the hotel in which you plan to shelter be available?
- Are animal shelters and pet-friendly hotels still available?
To help you get ready, visit the CDC’s Tips to Prepare to ShelterOpens In A New Window.
With the pandemic, the supply chain for food and resources is continuously shifting based on varying factors.
Review your hurricane plan for purchasing and storing food, filling prescriptions, and other needs to see how it may be altered during the pandemic. Also, ensure you have enough:
- Cleaning supplies
- Hand sanitizer
There is no need to overstock but be sure to consider your needs in the event of utility outages.
For more information on COVID-19 visit the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html
For up to date information on PA guidelines, closings and requirements regarding the COVID-19 outbreak visit the PA Department of Health website at https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
ALWAYS check on the elderly!! DIAL 911 for EMERGENCIES!
To learn more about general preparedness and for a seasonal preparedness calendar visit: 2020 ReadyPA Preparedness Calendar
We are looking for individuals and community groups to join our team. If you have an interest in building a safer Penn Township, please contact us.
- Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety: co.westmoreland.pa.us/808/911Public-Safety
- Westmoreland County Hazard Mitigation Plan: https://www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/1853/Hazard-Mitigation-Plan
- Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency: pema.pa.gov
- Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: penndot.gov
- Federal Emergency Management Agency: fema.gov