Governor Wolf: Pennsylvania is Prepared for Widespread Winter Weather Impacts

first_img Do NOT call 9-1-1 to report power outages. Those calls take dispatchers away from other emergencies and can also slow a storm response because you’re not talking directly to the utility.Tips to help stay safe until power is restored:Use flashlights or battery-operated lanterns for emergency lighting. Do not use candles or other potential fire hazards.If you use a generator, do NOT run it inside a home or garage. Also, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator, not your home’s electrical system, which could shock or injure utility crews working on nearby power lines.Turn off lights and electrical appliances (except for the refrigerator and freezer). When power comes back on, it may come back with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can damage equipment.After you turn the lights off, turn one lamp on so you will know when power is restored. Wait at least 15 minutes after power is restored before turning on other appliances.Check on elderly neighbors and those with special needs who might need additional assistance.Electric power outages can affect gas furnaces and other appliances. If they do not function properly when power is restored call a professional for service.If you smell natural gas, get everyone out of the building immediately. Leave the door open and do NOT use phones, switch lights or turn appliances on or off, or take any other action while inside the building. After you are safely outside, call 9-1-1 from your cell phone or neighbor’s home.“I cannot stress enough the importance for everyone to heed weather forecasts, listen to directions from emergency officials, and plan accordingly,” Governor Wolf said. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  PSA,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – With winter weather forecasted to impact much of Pennsylvania Thursday morning through Friday morning, Governor Tom Wolf said state agencies are prepared and is asking all Pennsylvanians to prepare, too.“While weather forecasts are calling for varied types and levels of precipitation across the commonwealth, we must be prepared for all possible weather scenarios,” Governor Wolf said. “Pennsylvania’s state agencies are geared up to ensure resources and staff are prepared and ready to help.”The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s (PEMA) Commonwealth Response Coordination Center will be activated with extra watch officers staffing PEMA overnight and the situation awareness and logistics units beginning at 8:00 AM tomorrow; PennDOT area command will be active at PEMA beginning at midnight tonight. All other agencies, including the Pennsylvania State Police, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, are on alert.“PEMA is in close contact with county emergency management teams to ensure each has what it needs to help locally,” PEMA Executive Deputy Director Jeff Thomas said. “We conduct calls as needed to hear from each county – for a status report and to attend to any unmet needs. But, let me stress that our counties are prepared and ready to handle any need.”PennDOT urges motorists traveling during winter weather to make sure their gas tank is full, and they pack an emergency kit, which should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel, and warm clothes. Remember also any special needs, such as baby food, pet supplies or medications.“We have been preparing for winter since the last one ended, and we’re calling on the public to be our partners in safe travel,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “Drivers should check travel conditions before they leave home, allow plenty of time, and drive according to conditions, not their schedule.”Motorists should make certain their vehicles are weather-ready with working windshield wipers, adequate wiper fluid, and snow tires or tires with adequate tread depth for ice and snow.PennDOT is prepared with plow trucks, materials, and other equipment ready. Crews will be working around the clock if necessary to keep roads safe and passable.With the varied types of precipitation expected with the storm, PennDOT is pretreating roadways where conditions warrant based on anticipated precipitation and road temperatures.PennDOT anticipates reducing speed limits as necessary throughout the storm, and while no vehicle restrictions are planned at this time, they could be implemented if conditions warrant.Motorists are reminded that roadways will not be free of snow while precipitation is falling. With freezing temperatures, roads that look wet may be icy, and extra caution is needed when approaching bridges and highway ramps where ice can form without warning. Motorists should leave plenty of space – six car lengths – when following a truck that is plowing or spreading winter materials.Motorists can check conditions and snow-plow locations on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission provided the following tips for consumers to prepare and stay safe:Pre-Storm:Write down, print or save toll-free outage hotlines for your electric utility and/or your natural gas utility, which are listed on your monthly bills and posted on the PUC website.Save the website address for your utility’s outage reporting system, which can provide updates on repair and restoration efforts. Those electric utility outage sites and natural gas company websites are available on the PUC website.Keep your cell phone charged, so you can contact your utility company, other emergency services and family members during any power outage.Secure necessary food, medicine and other supplies, including batteries for flashlights.Should you lose power during a storm, consider the following:Call your utility hotline to report outages – do not assume that the utility already knows about your outage or that others have already called.Do NOT touch or approach any fallen lines. If you have a downed power line or another hazardous situation, call 9-1-1 and then contact your utility.Stay away from objects or puddles in contact with downed power lines.Do NOT try to remove trees or limbs from power lines.Pre-charge cellular phones or keep a portable cell phone charger on hand. Plan to use a corded phone, cordless phones won’t work without electricity. 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Todd Gurley rumors: Buccaneers, Broncos among few teams that fit in NFL free agency

first_imgThe Broncos had a 60-40 split of backfield touches last season with Lindsay and Royce Freeman, who’s also entering his third year. They were 20th in rushing offense last season.Gurley would be joining a committee were he to step into this situation, but Denver, with new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, wants to be more effective running to take pressure off second-year QB Drew Lock. Shurmur’s rushing attack employs a lot of outside zone runs, where Gurley is at his best. The Broncos also will make use of spreading the field to open up holes for the backs.The shift in scheme has the Broncos already considering a reshuffle of their backfield. Gurley would work well if they choose to go the veteran route, with wide receiver being a bigger priority with their mid first-round pick. Before Gurley hit the market, the Chargers’ Melvin Gordon was the clear top option. One of the others was the Falcons’ Devonta Freeman, who, like Gurley, was released this week.NFL FREE AGENCY 2020: Grades | Ranking the top 50 playersGurley and Freeman once held the unofficial title of NFL’s highest-paid running back, a designation that now belongs to the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott. Henry has a chance to earn it with a new long-term deal this summer.Yes, high-priced David Johnson did move from the Cardinals to the Texans, but that was in an absolute blunder of a trade.Most logical teams are correct to be hesitant to invest too much in veteran backs. Gurley is no different, especially given his heavy mileage (nearly 1,500 touches in five seasons) and recent history of knee trouble entering his age 26 season.Gordon, drafted in the same 2015 first round as Gurley five spots earlier, has gotten little interest early. There are two teams that have a glaring need for a potential workhorse back with with good receiving skills. If they’re fits for Gordon, then they would be fits for Gurley, too.There is a third team to watch, but it isn’t the Falcons. The whole reason they cut Freeman was the fact they were salary cap-strapped. It doesn’t make sense to bring in Gurley, even though he’s a beloved Georgia Bulldog. Atlanta can instead think about making a local connection with the No. 16 pick in the draft, where another Dawg, D’Andre Swift, should be available.Here’s ranking the real trio of best fits for Gurley:1. Tampa Bay BuccaneersGurley and Tom Brady? Before the Rams cut him, Gurley hinted at wanting to join forces with the GOAT QB. Peyton Barber is one of those other free-agent backs and coach Bruce Arians has run hot and cold on third-year back Ronald Jones.The Bucs still have plenty of bucks under the cap to bring in Gurley. If healthy, he could have a huge impact as a power-running and outlet receiving to support Brady in what can remain an explosive passing offense. Gurley has more home-run ability than Gordon, and that can make him the preferred back in Tampa.2. Miami DolphinsThe Dolphins have thrown around money for some questionable offseason moves as they undergo a massive rebuild. Howard was signed, but he simply represents a pure power-back upgrade over Miami’s post-Drake mess of Kalen Ballage, Myles Gaskin and Patrick Laird. Gurley wouldn’t be worn down with Howard there to take key carries between the tackles, which will help to rejuvenate him and keep him fresh for the passing game.The obstacle here is that the Dolphins are sitting on three first-round picks and are positioned twice late in the round to take Swift, Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor or Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins to pair with Howard. Money isn’t an issue; they have the second-most cap space in the NFL, between the Browns and Buccaneers.NFL MOCK DRAFT: Teams use picks gained early in free agency3. Denver BroncosHere’s your wild card. The Broncos have been reluctant to extend Phillip Lindsay despite two productive seasons as an undrafted free agent. There are lingering durability concerns about the 5-9, 190-pounder, who so far has battled only a wrist injury. Todd Gurley joins the long list of running backs in 2020 NFL free agency after the Rams released him with a June 1 designation on Thursday.There has been little signing activity at the position since Monday’s start of the legal tampering period. After the Titans’ Derrick Henry got franchise-tagged and the Cardinals’ Kenyan Drake got transition-tagged, only three unrestricted backs have found new teams. One is Jordan Howard, who left the Eagles for the Dolphins. The other two are J.D. McKissic (Redskins) and Taiwan Jones (Bills).last_img read more