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.
Keep Safety First whenever there is snow...
Traveling: If you must travel, have plenty of gas in your car, a shovel, extra blankets, water, spare clothing, and anything else special you may need for yourself or your children (medications, diapers, formula, etc) in case you get stranded.
Snow Plows: Snow plows and other snow removal equipment require plenty of room to do their job. Leave a greater following distance between your vehicle and a plow truck -- at least 10 car lengths. Do NOT pass a snow plow. If you need to pass, you are driving too fast for current conditions.
Shoveling Snow: Shoveling snow is more stressful on your heart. Take smaller amounts of snow with your shovel and take frequent breaks. Know the warning signs of a heart attack, and STOP if you experience any of them and call 9-1-1. If you know someone who may be unable to clear their walk or driveway, please offer to help them if you can. Get a group together to do the work -- it's faster and easier with many hands!
Listen to 1670 AM for latest updates and information for the Avon Grove Area.
Be safe during cold weather!
There may be a temptation to use other heat sources to heat your home. Only use sources that are meant for indoor use and be certain to check devices such as space heaters for frayed or damaged power cords. Also make sure the circuits they are plugged into are not overloaded. It is better (and safer) to layer on additional clothing or blankets rather than using a potentially unsafe device.
DO NOT use candles, propane grills or portable stoves, or your kitchen stove as an alternate heat source. Besides not being designed for this purpose, they can easy cause a fire or generate deadly carbon monoxide -- an odorless, colorless gas that can render you unconscious and kill you.
During prolonged cold periods, check frequently on anyone who may be more impacted by the weather, such as those with special needs, or older family, friends, and neighbors.
For additional information review the Winter Safety Tips from the Ready.Gov website.
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 13, 2018 at 6:30pm EST
During the Summer Break, Radio checks will be done on the second thursday at 6:00pm EST. Please participate if you are available.
SMART 911 is Available in Chester County
Did you know Smart911 is a free service available to keep you and your family safer? Provided by Chester County Department of Emergency Services, Smart911 lets you create a private and secure safety profile for your family, including any information you want 9-1-1 to have during an emergency.
You can include details such as a list of family members, photos, medical notes, pets, and emergency contacts. In an emergency seconds can save lives. Take a few seconds now to plan ahead at www.smart911.com
You can click this link: Smart-911 Frequently-Asked-Questions for additional information.
Are you prepared for the severe cold?
Winter Storm Handout, Winter Storm Safety.
If you have to be outdoors... During the severe cold, you need to take precautions to prevent frostbite or hypothermia.
- Dress warmly and stay dry; wear hats, gloves or mittens and several layers of clothing.
- Do not ignore shivering. It is an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Confusion and drowsiness are signs of hypothermia; seek medical attention immediately.
- Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color to the affected skin area. First signs of rostbite is redness or pain; seek medical attention immediately.
Shoveling Snow: Remember that shoveling snow is more stressful on your heart. Take smaller amounts of snow with your shovel and take frequent breaks. Know the warning signs of a heart attack, and STOP if you experience any of them and call 9-1-1. If you know of someone who may be unable to clear their walk or driveway, please offer to help them if you can. Get a group together to do the work -- it's faster and easier with many hands!
Check on your Neighbors: If you have elderly neighbors, or neighbors with special needs, check on them regularly especially if there is an extended power outage or severe cold weather.
Portable heaters: If you need to use portable heaters for any reason, please remember to keep them away from curtains, furniture, blankets, and other items that could catch on fire if overheated. Do not use extension cords to connect an eletric heater. If you have an indoor kerosene heater, make sure to allow it to cool down before refilling it OUTSIDE. Never refill a hot heater.
Never use a stove or oven to heat your home, or use open flames to thaw frozen pipes. Both of these actions can cause a house fire.
Power Outages: We have the phone numbers for the primary utility companies servicing the Avon Grove area posted on our website (see the sidebar). Write them down next to your home phone or place them on a note on your refrigerator. You should program them into your cell phone to make them easier to locate if necessary. If your utility company offers automatic alerts for outages, make sure you sign up if you have a device capable of receiving those alerts.
Generators: If you need to use a generator, make sure you put it in a location OUTDOORS and AWAY from doors and windows. A generator will create carbon monoxide which will kill you if it accumulates -- It is both odorless and colorless so you won't know there is a problem unless you have CO Detectors in the key living areas in your home. If you or a family member experience confusion, headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, and chest pain, move IMMEDIATELY to FRESH AIR, open doors/windows, Call 9-1-1. NEVER run a generator indoors for any reason. It is meant to be run outdoors only!
Run generators periodically, rather than constantly. This saves on fuel and allows cool-down time so you can refill fuel tanks more safely. Refrigerators and freezers will hold termperatures if doors are kept closed and only opened when absolutely necessary.
Useful Local Information
Are you Ready? Is your family Ready?
Have you signed up for ReadyCheso yet? 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 through this system .
You can choose how you want to be notified -- text, email, voice -- and the order the system uses to reach you. You can select 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.
See Something - Say Something
Numerous events around the US as well as overseas are a constant reminder that being prepared is as simple as being aware of your surroundings, and reporting to the authorities anything that appears out of the ordinary or which raises a concern about your safety or the safety of others.
For additional information, visit this site: www.dhs.gov .
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 for Red Cross Shelters, the Chester County Health Department POD programs, and other community response activities. Registered volunteers are offered many opportunities throughout the year to learn and use skills during training sessions and exercises supporting emergency preparedness in our community.
If you are interested, please register using the ServPA website (www.serv.pa.gov). Choose 'Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Organizations' and then 'Chester County Medical Reserve Corps' when you provide your contact information. NOTE: You are always in control of when and where you respond, and your information is only used when necessary.
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.