News for Immediate Release
Corbett Meets with Repair Crews, Electric Company and Local Officials, as he
Surveys Storm Damage in Southeastern PA; Secures Support from Federal Emergency
Governor Tom Corbett today toured storm damage in
Montgomery County resulting from ice and snow that caused as many as 849,000
electric customers statewide to lose power.
“The safety of our citizens is my number
one priority,” Gov. Corbett said. “I
have activated the resources of twelve state agencies and this morning was
notified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that my request for
support services from the federal government has been approved,” Corbett said. “The effects of this storm are as significant
as those experienced during Hurricane Sandy.”
Support from FEMA will include generators
for hospitals, nursing homes and other similar facilities of notable
The assistance is approved for the counties
of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York. The Department of Homeland Security, Federal
Emergency Management Agency is authorized to provide appropriate assistance for
required emergency measures to save lives and to protect property and public
health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe.
In addition, Corbett onWednesday signed an
emergency proclamation for the state to assist state and local authorities meet
the needs of those impacted by the storm.
Gov. Corbett also urged caution regarding
the use of alternative heating methods indoors.
to the potentially lethal consequences from carbon monoxide poisoning, citizens
are reminded not to use grills or generators indoors. Carbon monoxide is an
odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is found in combustion fumes like those
made by generators, lanterns and gas ranges and can be fatal.
Media contact: Steve Chizmar, Office
of the Governor, 717-783-1116