13 Feb 2015: Very High Winds this Weekend – Be Blackout Ready

We just got a heads up from Bucks County Emergency Management that this weekend will be extremely windy with bands of heavy snow squalls. The likelihood of localized power outages is high.

Met-Ed has put extra crews and equipment on standby, but be ready for power outages that could last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

If you’re lacking inside shelter in Upper Bucks County during periods of extreme, life-threatening weather (temperature of 26°F or below) between December 1 and March 31, your neighbors and friends are ready with an Upper Bucks Code Blue Shelter

During February & March 2015, this shelter will be held at

Salem Mennonite Church (41 East Cherry Road, Quakertown, PA 215.536.1223) from 9:00 PM to 7:00 AM the following morning.

They have a hot meal and breakfast for you as well as shelter.

If you need a ride to the shelter site van rides will be provided from the following stops:

  • Quaker Village Shopping Center 8:30 PM (map)
  • Aldi’s (Quakertown) parking lot 8:50 PM (map)

Car rides will be provided from the following stops—

call 267.450.5191 to request a car ride:

  • Turkey Hill in Ottsville/Harrow 8:20 PM  (map)
  • Perkasie Square Shopping Center 8:30 PM (map)

Contact the Code Blue Status Line:  215.274.5241 or 267.450.5191 after 1:00 PM

Watch Out On For Ice on River Road & Bridgeton Hill Road!

It has dropped below freezing and road icing is starting to happen.

Penn DOT is salting as fast and as widely as they can, but it is impossible for them to get 100% of the ice melted.

Be especially careful on River Road from the Canal Bridge to Berm Lane, there are many puddles and the road is wet and starting to freeze in places. Bridgeton Hill Road is also very wet and could have icy conditions in places.

Snow + Wind = Localized Power Outages Possible

Met Ed has already put crews on standby in the area and is ready to respond as quickly as possible.

If the wind takes out power lines during this storm it will be very difficult for the crews to make repairs, simply because it will be hard to move in all the snow.

Plan accordingly, review our storm prep pro tips (link) and assume you might have no power for 24-48 hours starting some time tomorrow.

Stay away from all down power lines.  Assume they are live and dangerous even if they look “dead” – you can’t tell by looking if a power line is de-energized! 

If you see a downed power line or another hazardous situation involving power lines, call 9-1-1 and then call First Energy 1-888-544-4877 immediately.

 

Keep your house number visible in snowy weather

Our first big snowstorm is coming, Remember that our Fire, Police and Ambulance workers need to be able to find your home  quickly in the event of an emergency, so keep your house number clear of snow.

If you don’t have a reflective house number sign yet, they are only $10 and can be obtained via a member of the Springfield Volunteer Fire Company. 610-346-8383

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