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. New London Township Building902 State Road New London, PA 19360
Our next meeting will be on:
Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 6:30pm EST
During the Summer Break, Radio checks will be done on the second thursday at 6:00pm EST. Reminder emails will be sent, please participate if you are available.
AGREM AM Radio Information Station Project
On July 21st, the FCC granted AGREM's license request with it's requested waivers to operate a Traveler's Information System (TIS) on AM 1670. This marks a major milestone in a project that has been in progress for a number of years.
You can click here, or on the blue and white button in the navigation menu to get information on this important project along with the latest updates on our progress to date.
AGREM launches Facebook Page
AGREM has launched our Facebook page. We are a bit new at this, so please bear with us as we use this as another tool to communicate with the community supported by AGREM. You can find our page by searching for 'agreminc'.
If you message us on Facebook, please allow us time to respond, since we only check for messages every few days.
New 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
This service is available to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, and MetroPCS customers.
The information above is an excerpt from the April 7, 2015 press release. Here is a link to read the full press release.
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 notifications via Ready Chesco.Org. Register your cellphone and an email address to receive important messages.
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.
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.