Emergency Management - (717) 324-2939--Guy Hook, EMA Coordinator
you a boy scout and working towards your Eagle
Scout award? Contact the Borough Office to
find out when the next Emergency Management
Committee meeting is held to discuss a project
in this area you can use towards your Eagle
Emergency Management Operations Center:
The Stewartstown Emergency Management Operations
Center (EOC) is located in the borough office.
It is equipped with an emergency generator,
two-way radios (base & portable) and over-night
supplies (some sleeping bags, blankets, air
mattresses, etc.) In the event of an emergency
that would cause citizens to leave their homes,
these supplies would be made available to
you. We have been accumulating the above mentioned
supplies over the last few years. However,
due to limited budget allocations, it has
taken a lot longer than if we had unlimited
funding. As a consequence, the supplies are
limited. If you have any used (but useable)
sleeping bags, blankets, air mattresses, pillows,
etc. and would like to donate them to the
borough, we do have a storage area set aside
for such items. Hopefully, we will never have
to use this capability . . . but if we do
it will surely make a bad situation a little
more tenable if we are prepared.
New Emergency Prepardness - Homeland Security
and Ad Council
need to be ready if a significant emergency
or disaster happens in the community, and
a new Web site and public service announcements
will help to ensure that people are prepared,
according to the York County Office of Emergency
In partnership with the Ad Council and the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, three
localized versions of “READY”
public service announcements have been made
to urge community members to think about
their level of preparedness and to encourage
them to visit the new Web site: www.ready-york.org
The Web site provides citizens with valuable
information about how to prepare for various
man-made and natural emergencies and disasters.
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THE STEWARTSTOWN EMERGENCY MANAGMENT INFORMATION
Stewartstown's Emergency Management
Coordinator, I recently attended a
workshop in Hanover on this subject.
While there is no need to panic, there
are some things we all need to be
aware of in case of an outbreak of
Pandemic Influenza. There will be
other workshops for the public but,
in the meantime, I would recommend
a visit to www.pandemicflu.gov. It
has a wealth of information which
you and your families should know
pandemic is a global disease outbreak.
A flu pandemic occurs when a new influenza
virus emerges for which people have little
or no immunity, and for which there is no
vaccine. The disease spreads easily person-to-person,
causes serious illness, and can sweep across
the country and around the world in very short
It is difficult to predict when the next influenza
pandemic will occur or how severe it will
be. Wherever and whenever a pandemic starts,
everyone around the world is at risk. Countries
might, through measures such as border closures
and travel restrictions, delay arrival of
the virus, but cannot stop it.
Health professionals are concerned that the
continued spread of a highly pathogenic avian
H5N1 virus across eastern Asia and other countries
represents a significant threat to human health.
The H5N1 virus has raised concerns about a
potential human pandemic because:
is especially virulent
It is being spread by migratory
It can be transmitted from
birds to mammals and in some limited circumstances
Like other influenza viruses,
it continues to evolve.
Since 2003, a growing number of human H5N1
cases have been reported in Azerbaijan, Cambodia,
China, Djibouti, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Lao
Democratic People's Republic, Nigeria, Thailand,
Turkey, and Vietnam. More than half of the
people infected with the H5N1 virus have died.
Most of these cases are all believed to have
been caused by exposure to infected poultry.
There has been no sustained human-to-human
transmission of the disease, but the concern
is that H5N1 will evolve into a virus capable
of human-to-human transmission. And if that
happens, being prepared can make all the difference
in the world.
of Mass Destruction/Emergency Actions:
document is intended to provide general
information to assist in efforts to recognize
potential WMD-related threats or incidents.
The information is not all encompassing,
and its applicability should be evaluated
on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with
local conditions, policies and procedures.
biological and radiological material can
be dispersed in the air we breath, the water
we drink or on using conventional (garden)/commercial
spray devices or detonating an improvised
explosive device to disseminate chemical,
biological or radiological material.
incidents are characterized by the rapid
onset of medical symptoms (minutes to hours)
and easily observed or radiological incident,
the onset of symptoms requires days to weeks
and there are typically few characteristic
all cases, being alert to the following
could assist law enforcement and emergency
responders in evaluating potential threats.
Indicators of WMD Threats or Incidents
packages or containers, especially those
found in unlikely or sensitive locations,
such as near HVAC or air intake
Unusual powders or
those found near air intake/HVAC systems.
Indications of tampering
in targeted areas/equipment (i.e., locked
ventilation/HVAC systems, stocks of
food, water supply).
or activities, especially those involving
sensitive locations within or around a building
(well houses, water towers, telephone central
offices, reservoirs, pump houses, etc.).
Surveillance of targeted
areas, including but not limited to hotels,
entertainment venues, subway systems,
aircraft, water sources, office buildings
and apartment buildings.
Theft of chemical products/equipment
(i.e. pool chemicals, fertilizers, etc.).
fish or insects.
odors. Smells may range from fruity/flowery
to sharp/pungent, garlic or horseradish
like, bitter almonds, peach kernels, and
new mown grass/hay (where no grass has been
spraying or discovery of spray devices or
a heightened sense of awareness.
an increased emphasis on the security of immediate
periodic inspections of building facilities
and HVAC systems for potential indicators
emergency operations and evacuation plans/procedures
for all locations/organizations to ensure
that plans are up to date.
report suspicious activities to appropriate
law enforcement authorities.
Procedures - Potential Threat Identified/Confirmed
Maintain a safe distance/evacuate
area (if outside move to an upwind location
and if inside keep outside doors/windows
Call your local 911
(law enforcement and public safety personnel)
after reaching a safe area.
Do no handle or disturb
Remove possibly contaminated
external clothing (including hats, shoes,
Follow emergency operations
plans/instructions from emergency response
a Home Disaster Kit
some disasters, like hurricanes, tornadoes, and
blizzards, you will likely have some warning. Other
disasters, as on September 11, 2001, happen without
a moment's notice. To avoid the helplessness that
can accompany such an event, a little prepardness
can go a long way.
basic home emergency kit can make a major difference
in minimizing the damage after (or during) a disaster
. . .
of the best resources you can have in your home
is a packpack or similar container. These make excellent
disaster kits. Your basic kit should include some
food, like a jar of peanut butter and some crackers.
Select food items that require no refrigeration
in containers that can be resealed if you don't
use all of it at one time. Ready-to-eat canned vegetables,
fruits, and juices in small, single-serving cans
are some examples (be sure you have a can opener).
Include plastic utensils, paper plates and cups.
Bottled water is a good idea (3 gallons per person
a basic first aid kit with bandages, band-aids,
antiseptic, thermometer, tweezers, scissors, eye
cup and surgical gloves. A good sturdy blanket like
an army blanket can protect against debris and keep
you warm . . . thermal underwear is a good idea
items to include:
(with spare batteries)
Wrench & Pliers
(in case you have to turn off water or gas)
Comfort items (toothbrush
& paste, razor, deodorant, tampons, kleenex,
toilet paper, plastic garbage bags (for
personal sanitation use as well as trash), paper
towels, disinfectant, antibacterial hand soap, note
pad, pencil & paper, medications (prescription
as well as over-the counter like aspirin etc.)
bullet Some Cash (ATM' won't help if
power is out).
forget supplies for any pets.
your disaster kit. For example, when daylight savings
time changes (twice a year), change your bottled
water, medications and batteries.
your kit in a convenient place known to all family
members. Devise a plan so that if you aren't together
when a disaster occurs, you can meet at a pre-established
location if you have to leave your home. Make up
smaller kit for the trunk of your car. Speaking
of your car, make sure you always have a full tank
a little preparation goes a long way. It may just
be the difference in surviving a disaster.