This is the website for AGREM, Incorporated, also known as Avon Grove Regional Emergency Management. We are an emergency management organization located in Chester County, Pennsylvania providing support for the boroughs of Avondale and West Grove, and the nearby townships of London Grove, Penn, New London, Franklin, and London Britain.
We encourage you to review our site to learn more about our organization, and what we do for the area we cover. If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer, or even just attend a meeting or two to see what we're all about, we encourage you to do so.
Our site is also about informing you, the public, about emergency management and both personal and business preparedness for disasters, be they natural or man-made. Given the importance of weather, we have placed critical information and graphics related to weather on our homepage to provide you with quick access to this information. Our weather page has additional information, so we encourage you to visit it as well.
We are a non-profit organization, and our website is frequently changed or updated by volunteers. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for our visitors, as we strive to provide the most recent information available to you.
AGREM is on Summer Break during June, July, and August. New London Township Building902 State Road New London, PA 19360
Our next meeting will be on:
Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 6:30pm EST
During the Summer Break, Radio checks will be done on the second thursday at 6:00pm EST. Reminder emails will be sent, please participate if you are available.
AGREM AM Radio Information Station Project
On July 21st, the FCC granted AGREM's license request with it's requested waivers to operate a Traveler's Information System (TIS) on AM 1670. This marks a major milestone in a project that has been in progress for a number of years.
You can click here, or on the button in the navigation menu to get information on this important project along with the latest updates on our progress to date.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
As of June 2015, all apartment units and multifamily dwellings in Pennsylvania are required by law to include carbon monoxide alarms within the vicinity of the units' bedrooms. On December 18, 2013, Governor Tom Corbett signed Act Number 121, which requires any such facilities that use fossil fuel-burning appliances or have an attached garage, to install a centrally located and approved carbon monoxide alarm near bedrooms and the fossil fuel-burning appliance. The Act became effective immediately and allowed 18 months for owners and management to put the proper devices in place.
The Act lists owner responsibilities including
maintenance and repair requirements. The Pennsylvania Apartment Association was instrumental in having occupant responsibilities included in the Act as well. These responsibilities put the onus of device upkeep and battery replacement on rental residents during their occupancies. Residents must also replace the actual device if it is lost, stolen, removed, or found to be broken, during their occupancies. Additionally, residents must notify the owner in writing if the device is found to be insufficient or defective.
Ready.Gov - Public Service Announcement
Do you, or does someone you know, have Special Needs?
If the answer is yes, and those special needs could require assistance in the event of an emergency, please register at READYChesCo.org
The information is used by Emergency management officials when necessary before, during, or after an emergency to check on residents and identify whether assistance is or may be required.
It takes only a few minutes to register, and the information you provide could be invaluable in an emergency.
Fall 2015 CERT Program Offered
Community Emergency Response Team training programs are offered throughout the year by the Chester County Department of Emergency Services. CERT Basic Training is designed to prepare you to help yourself and to help others in the event of a catastrophic disaster.
Because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately, you can make a difference by using your CERT training to save lives and protect property.
Click here: 2015 FALL CERT Details to get more information. You can also Register here to sign-up for the current course.
Are you Ready? Is your family Ready?
Chester County has a newly expanded service for delivering emergency messages and receiving responses from local residents. The service was previously known as ReadyNotify PA, and the new system is called ReadyChesco.
You can register to receive all types of important messages from the Chester County Department of Emergency Services as well as your local municipality's Emergency manager.
You choose how you want to be notified -- text, email, voice --along with the order these are attempted by the system, and you also get to choose the message content you would like to receive.
For more information and to register, visit the following website: READYChesCo.org.
Text to 911 Service is Available in Chester County
In situations when calling 9-1-1 in an emergency is not possible, you can send a text message to 9-1-1 instead.
Peggy Gusz, Executive Director of The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. commented on the value of the new Text to 9-1-1 service: “In a situation where voice communication is not an option, texting to 9-1-1 may help to prevent a crime from being committed and may even save a life. Chester County’s investment in this service is very much appreciated, and adds another element of safety and protection for Chester County citizens, particularly those at risk.”
Text to 9-1-1 calls do take longer to process than voice calls, and the location accuracy is not as precise as voice calls from a wireless phone.
If Text to 9-1-1 is the only option:
- You must have a data plan to text.
- Do not use abbreviations.
- Answer the questions as quickly and briefly as possible.
- If the situation changes, and you can make a voice call, let the telecommunicator know, then dial 9-1-1
This service is available to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, and MetroPCS customers.
The information above is an excerpt from the April 7, 2015 press release. Here is a link to read the full press release.
Any resident who can volunteer their time and talent to their community in an emergency is ecouraged to register with the Chester County Medical Reserve Corp (CC-MRC). Registration does NOT require you to have a medical background.
MRC volunteers help by providing administrative, medical, and other support services to Red Cross Shelters, the Chester County SNS (Strategic National Stockpile) POD programs, and other community response activities. In addition, registered volunteers are provided numerous opportunities to both learn and use skills through training sessions and exercises that support emergency preparedness in our community.
If you are interested, please register using the ServPA website (www.serv.pa.gov). Choose 'Medical Reserve Corp' and 'Chester County Medical Reserve Corps' when you provide your contact information. You are always in control of when and where you respond, and your information is only used when necessary.