Trash pick up will be cancelled for the remainder of the day and Tuesday for Derry Township Residents. There will be double pick up on Wednesday.
A reminder to please tie down or bring in any outside furnture you may have.
Here are safety tips if you encounter a downed power line.
- Never go near downed power lines and stay more than 30 feet away from one.
- Do not drive or walk over them.
- Stay in your car until help arrives.
Power Company Numbers:
Met Ed & Penelec: 1-888-544-4877
Adams Electric: 1-800-726-2324
Just a reminder that roads are closed for your safety and driving around barricades usually leads to bad things, the least of which is a citation with newly enhanced penalties.
”A new state law imposing stiff penalties on motorists who ignore “road closed” or other safety warning signs and devices is now in effect, PennDOT said today.
Act 114, signed on July 5 by Governor Tom Corbett, reinforces the critical need for all drivers to obey traffic control signs. The law aims to increase safety for motorists and emergency responders in areas where flooding or other hazardous conditions exist.”
Read the entire PennDot notification: Don’t drive around barricades
The following school districts will be closed Monday: Derry Township, Lower Dauphin, Palmyra, and The Milton Hershey School.
Please see school district specific resources for details.
Google has a fantastic program that prepares the world for major events involving Mother Nature, and it has set up a crisis map for people on the East Coast preparing for Hurricane Sandy.
Here is the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center
...SANDY EXPECTED TO BRING LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE FLOODING TO THE MID-ATLANTIC COAST...INCLUDING LONG ISLAND SOUND AND NEW YORK HARBOR... ...WINDS EXPECTED TO BE NEAR HURRICANE FORCE AT LANDFALL...
If you loose electric your phone may be your only source for information and resources. Consider installing these apps on your phone so your’re ready when the lights go out.
Hurricane Tracker app for IOS : http://www.hurricanetrackerapp.info/Home.html
Imap Weather Radio for IOS and Android: http://imapweatherradio.com/
American Red Cross mobile for IOS and Android: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps
FEMA app for IOS and Android : http://www.fema.gov/smartphone-app
The Hershey Halloween Parade scheduled for Monday night has been cancelled. An alternative date has not been set at this time. All questions concerning the parade should be directed to the Parks and Recreation Department.
PP&L and MetEd have indicated that wide spread power outages are likely. It is being told that if you do lose power it is likely the outage will last 3 to 10 days. You should be making preparations to be without power for a significant amount of time.
Township Prepares for Hurricane Sandy
The Derry Township Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with the Derry Township Police Department has begun preparation for impact of Hurricane Sandy. Current storm projections indicate that the storm will begin affecting central Pennsylvania on Sunday evening with light rain and wind. The strongest impacts of the storm are expected to begin early Monday morning lasting into Wednesday evening. Damaging winds and high rain amounts will produce flooding and a high likelihood of widespread power outages.
-Residents are asked to refrain from placing leaves at the curbside over the next few days to prevent storm drain blockage.
-Please secure all yard furniture or other objects from your property that will likely blow away during this event.
-Residents should prepare for long-term power outages by way of equipping their homes with flashlights and new batteries, transistor type radios, foods that require no heat or refrigeration to prepare and store, charged cell phones and/or other self powered devices capable of accessing social media networks or email services.
-Inquiries regarding the status of the Hershey Halloween Parade should be directed to the Derry Township Parks & Recreation Department at (717)533-7138.
-The Derry Township Police Department shall maintain strict enforcement of motorists failing to yield to road closure control measures, which will result in the issuance of citations and/or arrest.
-Township residents and business owners can monitor roadway and situation status updates by way of any of the following social media resources:
**Due to recent Facebook fees associated with multi-recipient postings, information will be distributed via this media.
Residents may also register their contact information on the Township’s Emergency Notification service – www.coderedweb.com.
This storm event will result in several calls for emergency service through both 911 and the Township’s Emergency Dispatch Center. Residents are asked to restrict calls to the reporting of emergency situations only during the storm.
“Sandy’s winds may have died down early Friday, but its system remains huge, and it is predicted to join with a winter storm front, turning into a “Frankenstorm,” as the National Weather Service calls it, over the Northeastern United States, right around Halloween.”
Read the CNN.com report : Sandy Could Ravage Northeast