Barrar Joins Emergency Officials in Disaster Response Following Storms
HARRISBURG – This morning, Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Delaware/Chester), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, participated in a meeting of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council at which the council approved two Disaster Emergency Proclamations related to recent storm damage and power outages in southeastern Pennsylvania.

“The snow and ice storms this week left as many as 850,000 electric customers without power and in the cold,” said Barrar. “The Pennsylvania National Guard, electric companies and crews from out of state are working around the clock to remove trees from roads and power lines and to restore power to homes and businesses as quickly as possible. As of this morning, approximately 330,000 electric customers were still in the dark.

“Chester County Emergency Management and the Red Cross have set up an emergency shelter on the campus of West Chester University for anyone still without power and unable to cook or shower,” said Barrar. “The shelter is located in the Sturzebecker Health Science Center, 850 S. New Street (South Campus) in West Chester. While it is anticipated that power will be restored to our area sometime this weekend, I encourage anyone without it to take advantage of the services available. I also urge citizens to be extra vigilant in checking on elderly or disabled neighbors who may need assistance.

“The federal government has also named the affected counties in a disaster declaration, which enables these counties to receive assistance. In fact, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing generators for hospitals, nursing homes and similar facilities without power.

“In addition to the loss of power, there is also a high demand for road salt, which is putting a strain on available supplies statewide. Municipalities that need help with tree removal and in obtaining road salt need to request assistance through their county emergency services office,” Barrar said.

“The proclamations that were ratified this morning will ensure that our communities and the citizens who live here will have the resources and assistance they need to get through this crisis.”

Representative Stephen E. Barrar
160th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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