There are no active watches, warnings or advisories for Chester County (Pennsylvania)
as of: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 12:05:06 EST/EDST
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. Jennersville Regional Hospital1015 West Baltimore PikeWest Grove, PA 19390
Our next meeting will be on:
Thursday, September 08, 2016 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.
Excessive Heat Advisory
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat advisory for our area. High temperatures plus humidity can cause the outdoor temperatures to feel like 100 degrees or more.
Take measures to stay cool, remain hydrated and to keep informed. Getting too hot can make you sick. You can become ill from the heat if your body can't compensate for it and properly cool you off.
Those who are at highest risk include people 65 and older, children younger than two, and people with chronic diseases or mental illness. Closely monitor people who depend on you for their care:
- Are they drinking enough water?
- Do they have access to air conditioning?
- Do they need help keeping cool?
People at greatest risk for heat-related illness can take the following protective actions to prevent illness or death:
- Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. Contact your local health department or locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area. Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death. If a home is not air-conditioned, people can reduce their risk for heat-related illness by spending time in public facilities that are air-conditioned, and using air conditioning in vehicles.
- Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device during an extreme heat event.
- Drink more water than usual and don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.
- Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
- Don't use the stove or oven to cook—it will make you and your house hotter.
Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather:
- Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when the sun is hottest.
- Wear and reapply sunscreen as indicated on the package.
- Pace activity. Start activities slow and pick up the pace gradually.
Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more. Muscle cramping may be an early sign of heat-related illness.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
Information courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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.
Ready.Gov - Public Service Announcement
Latest Information from the CDC for the Zika Virus
For anyone concerned about the Zika Virus, AGREM is providing content from the CDC's Zika Virus microsite. You can get the latest official information here.
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.
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.