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Governor Corbett Meets with Repair Crews, Electric Company and Local Officials, as he Surveys Storm Damage in Southeastern PA; Secures Support from Federal Emergency Management Agency

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Feb. 6, 2014

Governor Corbett Meets with Repair Crews, Electric Company and Local Officials, as he Surveys Storm Damage in Southeastern PA; Secures Support from Federal Emergency Management Agency

Harrisburg— 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 capacity.   

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.  Due 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

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