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.
We are having some technical issues with our link to PayPal for accepting your donations to support AGREM. We apologize for the inconvenience. In the meantime, you can send your tax-deductible donations to: AGREM, Inc. PO Box 82, West Grove, PA 19390-0082.
AGREM-1670 AM Project
AGREM-1670 was formally dedicated on November 14th, 2015. The dedication ceremony was held at the New London Township Building in New London. The station was dedicated in the memory of past-President Mike Predmore who kept the concept in front of the AGREM team for over 10 years. Mike's wife Lori, daughter Lauren, and son Mike Jr. were present to help celebrate the dedication. Lori was asked to "push the button" which then loaded an updated welcome message into the system.
During the dedication, the Chester County Department of Emergency Services and each of the AGREM municipalities were recognized for their support of AGREM and their contributions toward the purchase and installation of the AGREM-1670 equipment.
The Southeastern Chester County Refuse Authority (SECCRA) was recognized for donating the weather module that allows the regular AGREM-1670 broadcast to be automatically interrupted to broadcast local weather advisories and alerts from the National Weather Service.
The Avon Grove School District was also recognized for their ongoing support to the Avon Grove Community. The school district provides their buildings for use as Red Cross shelters, and the Avon Grove High School has been used as an SNS Point of Distribution site. AGHS has also hosted a number of local preparedness and response exercises organized by AGREM and developed in conjunction with the Chester County Department of Emergency Services and local Fire, EMS, State Police, and Jennersville Regional Hospital.
Click to read the Daily Local News article about the dedication.
Visit the main page for AGREM-1670, (or click on the blue and white navigation button in the menu) to see more information.
Be sure to visit your local municipal offices, or contact one of the AGREM Board members, to pick up an AGREM-1670 refrigerator magnet. These are a helpful and visible reminder of where to tune your AM Radio for Community and Emergency Information.
Anyone with a smartphone, tablet, or personal compute can “listen-in” to the broadcast without needing an AM radio. Of course, in an actual emergency, if network services are disrupted, a standard car radio tuned to AM 1670, or a portable AM Radio can provide access to the broadcast messages.
Recent Events in Europe
The recent tragic events that have taken place in Paris, France serve as a reminder that we need to be prepared, even here in the United States. We join with the rest of the world in extending our heartfelt synmpathy to everyone that has been impacted by this terrible event.
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.
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 -- and the order used by the system to reach you. You can also choose additional message content (such as weather alerts) that 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
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.