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.
Summer Storms / Lightning
During the summer months, many of you may attend or host outdoor parties, attend outdoor events, and travel to the pool, the beach, or other vacation locations, where you spend a lot of time outside. You should always be aware of the weather forecasts for the area where you are.
Consider using a smartphone app that can provide weather alerts and warnings, and even better -- weather radar. These apps can help avoid getting caught unprepared, and help you to choose when to travel and the routes you might
want to consider.
Lightning is the leading cause of injury and death from weather-related hazards. Pay attention to weather watches AND especially weather warnings. A watch means there is a good chance something will happen, but the warning means that it WILL happen.
Check out the information from Ready.Gov related to thunderstorms-lightning for additional information.
The Atlantic Hurricane Season for 2018 started on June 1st and lasts until November 30th. Potential threats from hurricanes include powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, tornadoes, and landslides.
Learn more using the information from Ready.Gov related to hurricanes.
When there is a risk of a severe weather event, check the National Weather Service (NWS) for your local forecast and to get the latest information. There are several quick links on the AGREM website to help you. Put AM 1670 into the memory of your car radio, and pre-set the dial on your emergency portable radio. It will be updated with specific local and other safety information as appropriate for the Avon Grove Area.
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.
Heavy Rains Expected - Are you Ready?
Heavy rains are expected to come across our area and nearby locations over the next several days. Remember it only takes 6 inches of moving water to cause a person to fall, 1 foot of water to lose control of your vehicle, and 2 feet to carry a vehicle away. DO NOT drive across a flooded roadway! The water is often deeper or moving faster than it may appear. Many drivers have become trapped and their vehicles swept away with the flow. "Turn Around, Don't Drown®" -- nothing is so important that you should risk your life or the lives of the Emergency Reponders who may be sent to rescue you.
For more information on Floods and Flood Safety, visit Ready.Gov Flood Information or National Weather Service Flood Safety Information.
Driving in Fog or Rain
If it is foggy or raining, you should turn on your headlights so that other drivers can more easily see you. On newer cars, don't rely on the automatic sensor to turn your lights on -- turn them on manually instead.
Also, remember that whenever your windshield wipers are on, your headlights should be on as well.
Fall CERT Class - Register before September 5th
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is designed to prepare individuals to help themselves and others in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Due to emergency services personnel not being able to help everyone immediately, CERT members can make a difference in their neighborhood and in our community by using their CERT training to save lives and protect property.
This class is open to anyone who wants to learn how to be better prepared before, during, and after an emergency. Students must be 16 or older to attend. If students are between 16-18 years old a parent or guardian must accompany them.
To sign up, please visit: http://destraining.chesco.org/ema/CERTFall2018
Registration opened on June 1st and the sign-up deadline is September 5, 2018 unless the class fills early. Class size is limited to 30 participants. If you are unable to get into the Fall class, there will be another one offered in the Spring as well.
This course is provided for FREE!
Listen to AM 1670 on your smartphone, tablet, and computer; in your car, or on a portable emergency radio. Emergency as well as other community information for Avon Grove and the surrounding areas is broadcast 24x7. AGREM 1670 is also interrupted automatically whenever the National Weather Service issues an alert for our area as well.
Power Outages and Weather
Road & Traffic Information
Health & Human Services
Volunteer -- Serve our community
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 .
SMART 911 is Available in Chester County
Chester County now offers a free service available to keep you and your family safer. 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 should also know that your SMART-911 profile is available while you are travelling or visiting in other states and areas that also support the SMART 911 system.
You can click this link: Smart-911 Frequently-Asked-Questions for additional 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.
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.