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Bucks County Offers Municipal Assistance Resources and Public Safety Tips As Storm Recovery Continues

February 6, 2014

As utility crews work to restore power to tens of thousands of Bucks County residents who lost power during the February 5 ice storm, the Bucks County Emergency Management Agency continues to coordinate response and recovery from the County Emergency Operations Center in Ivyland.

At this time, the county is reaching out to all of Bucks County’s 54 municipalities to offer public assistance resources such as generators, meals ready to eat, water and other necessities. During the morning hours of February 6, eight municipal emergency operations centers were active – including Bristol Township, Bristol Borough, Lower Makefield Township, Middletown Township, Warrington Township, Upper Southampton Township, Newtown Borough and Newtown Township. Please note: These emergency resources are for municipalities to direct to their residents, not for individual resident request. County Chief Operating Officer Brian Hessenthaler and Director of Emergency Services Scott Forster conducted a conference call with municipal emergency managers late this morning to discuss developing issues.

Just over 105,000 customers remained without power during the morning of February 6, the vast majority of them PECO outages. Residents with downed power lines are urged to call PECO at 1-800-841-4141 to report the site of the outage. At the same time, residents are cautioned not to touch downed power lines in order to prevent injury.

Shelters and comfort stations are located throughout the affected areas, and they include:

  • Shelter: Maple Point Middle School, Middletown Township (220 Langhorne-Yardley Rd.);
  • Shelter: Tamanend Middle School , 1492 Stuckert Rd., Warrington (pet friendly);
  • Northampton Township Senior Center, 165 Township Rd., Richboro;
  • Chalfont Fire Company, 301 N. Main St., Chalfont;
  • Doylestown Township Municipal Building, 425 Wells Rd., Doylestown;
  • Council Rock North H.S., 62 Swamp Rd.;
  • Welch Elementary School, 750 New Rd., Southampton;
  • Holland Middle School, 400 E. Holland Rd., Holland;
  • Northampton Library, 25 Upper Holland Rd., Richboro;

As the recovery effort continues, residents with generators are cautioned about proper operation of those units. They should be placed at least 20 feet from a building, and never run inside a garage or directly into an interior power outlet.

Tips about food contamination following a prolonged power outage are available from the Bucks County Health Department at the following link: http://www.buckscounty.org/government/HumanServices/HealthDepartment/PowerOutageFoodGuidelines

Please do not use 911 unless there is an emergency; call your municipality or police station lines for downed trees in roadways, or other non-emergency calls.