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Welcome!

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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,map icon 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.

The February AGREM meeting will be on :

Thursday, February 12, 2015

New London Township Building
902 State Road, New London, PA 19360

Radio Check at 6:00pm EST 
Meeting starts at 6:30pm EST

Announcements/Notices

AGREM AM Radio Information Station Project

You can click here, or on the red button in the navigation menu to get information on this important project along with the latest updates on our progress to date.

Chester County Hazard Mitigation Plan - Feedback Requested

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Chester County has recently completed the draft version of our county-wide hazard mitigation plan. The mitigation plan aims to reduce the impacts from future disasters by outlining actions that can be taken now, before the emergency begins. We are looking for your input and local knowledge to aid us in ensuring that we have covered the concerns of the community in this plan.

The plan is broken into two sections. The first is an overview of the hazards facing the county and the county-wide hazard mitigation actions. The second half focuses on the hazards and mitigation actions specific to each municipality, with two to three pages per municipality.

A draft version of the plan and a comment form are available online for your review at www.ReadyChesco.org as well as hard copies available at the 18 libraries throughout the county. We will be accepting comments on the plan through March 1st.

CERT Program Offered

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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 on Information to get more details, or click Register to sign-up for the current course.

Avon Grove Points of Distribution - Volunteers Needed!

Anyone who previously volunteered to support the Avon Grove POD site , or anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer, is requested to register with the Chester County MRC using the ServPA Registry (see the Volunteer Registry information below). A POD site is designed to support and deliver emergency medications (pills or vaccinations) in the event of a health emergency impacting some or all of Chester County.

Volunteers work as a team in partnership with the Chester County Health Department, Chester County Department of Emergency Services, the Avon Grove School District, and local municipal Emergency Management coordinators/teams. There are training opportunities offered throughout the year and you do NOT need previous medical training or experience for many tasks at a POD site. Of course medically-trained staff is necessary for some tasks, so volunteers with medical training are invited to register too!

The Avon Grove POD must service over 45,000 residents from the Avon Grove School District and surrounding area. This effort requires approximately 300 volunteers, led by a trained team and working in shifts, to register and deliver appropriate medications during a 48 to 72 hour period.

Emergency Notifications

If you are using a cell phone instead of regular home phone service, you will not receive important reverse-911 notifications. These are special messages from Chester County Emergency Services that provide you with important real-time information.

The following alternative solutions are recommended:

  • Individuals should register their cell phone in the Reverse 9-1-1 system using: https://chesco.onthealert.com
  • Sign up for Chester County  Ready Notify PA. Register your cellphone and an email address to receive important messages.

Help US to help YOU -- Special Needs Registry

If you, or someone you know, has special needs that could impact your or their ability to evacuate or relocate in the event of an emergency, please register with the Chester County Special Needs system.   The website to register is: http://specialneeds.chesco.org/.

Local Emergency Managers review this registry when necessary before, during, and after an emergency to identify or check-on residents who may require special assistance.  Please register BEFORE the next major event occurs.

Volunteer Registry

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.


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Regional Weather Alerts

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