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East Huntingdon prepares for emergencies

| Friday, April 27, 2001

ALVERTON - The East Huntingdon Township supervisors approved a motion to establish a local emergency management agency. Supervisors have also developed a comprehensive emergency plan.

According to Supervisor Howard Keefer, the township has been cooperating with 911 Emergency Services for the past three months on the emergency plan.

'It's an initiative where 911 tries to see through and make sure that every municipality is prepared in case of an emergency or disaster,' said Supervisor Rob Zelmore.

The purpose of the emergency plan is for the township to have a strategy and a set list of guidelines to follow in case of a disaster that could range from weather disasters and vehicle accidents to broken gas lines and hazardous material spills. The Department of Public Safety gave the township a template to follow, and the incorporation of the plan will allow the township to know who they would call if a certain thing happened, said Keefer. In the time of an emergency in the township, Keefer will be the emergency management coordinator and the township building will be used as the command center. Keefer has taken three tests to prepare for the position, and although the township building will initially be used as the command center, it could change to accommodate the location of a disaster that wasn't necessarily township wide. Although Keefer is in charge for the township, 911 will still be ultimately in charge and would tell Keefer when to enact their plan.

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