What is Emergency Preparedness? How does it impact our community?
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) require that each community have an Emergency Preparedness Plan in place. Emergency Preparedness is a “continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating and taking corrective action in an effort to ensure effective coordination during incident response.” (DHS.gov)
Aleppo Township actively participates in our County, State, and Federal Disaster Response System. We have an Emergency Management Coordinator who has been appointed by the governor and certified through PEMA to develop and implement an Emergency Preparedness Program for our community.
Our plan includes identification of potential hazards, mitigation of those hazards when at all possible, plan of action for response to possible incidents, and physical and long-term recovery plans. Our community, although small, has certain inherent risks. These include weather emergencies limiting our access to roads or utilities for prolonged amounts of time, hazardous material transport both via roads (Interstate 79) and railway, and fire requiring large evacuations in at risk populations. We have a large retirement community and skilled nursing facility within our community that requires comprehensive emergency planning. All of this falls under our Emergency Preparedness Plan.
Communication with our residents during an emergency is of paramount importance. To that end we have implemented a number of methods for you to access information.
This website will be the central tool that we will use to convey information in a crisis. When we are in emergency mode, the homepage of this website will have a large box over the normal content, which will contain instructions. The website will be updated with additional information as the event unfolds.
A reverse 911 system will soon be implemented. This website will contain instructions to register your home phone or cell phone with the reverse 911 system.
Our other tools are primarily designed to direct residents to the website. While the Reverse 911 System is the most critical tool for raising the alert and it will contain essential instructions, the website will have more detailed information. Please be aware of your neighbors who do not have access to a computer and help us make them aware of developments.
Finally, we have programmed our fire siren to sound one, long blast when there is an emergency (as opposed to the multiple short blasts that are used to alert the firefighters in the event of a normal fire notification). When you hear the fire siren, please go to the township website for additional information. Again, please remain mindful of your neighbors who do not have internet access when you hear the siren.
Special Needs Residents
Disaster incidents can be extremely challenging to our residents that may require special assistance. To meet those needs, the Emergency Management Team must be able to identify our residents in need. Click here to identify yourself or your family members as someone who may require additional assistance. This can include: lack of mobility, need for medical devices such as oxygen that would require refilling during a prolonged incident, individuals who would have difficulty sheltering in place for a prolonged period of time because of requirements for outside support such as visiting nurses or other assistance. The information that you provide will be used solely for the purpose of providing assistance in the case of a disaster incident.
Municipal leadership has trained in a variety of settings to implement our local Emergency Operations Plan if necessary. In addition, educational lectures have been conducted at Masonic Village. Additional educational opportunities for the community as a whole are being planned for the future.
Questions Regarding Emergency Preparedness