Shelter from the Storm
February 14, 2014 | By: Mark Ross
How 300 seniors got warm again thanks to
southeastern Pennsylvania’s spirit of cooperation and readiness for emergencies.
the going gets tough—as in our recent record snowfalls and widespread power
outages—the tough get coordinating.
ask the people at Martins Run Senior Living Community. After the good part of a
day on back-up generators, they were getting concerned that parts of their
campus weren’t 100 percent heated.
hundreds of thousands of power outages throughout our region, portable back-up
generators were in short supply. For a while it looked like Martin’s Run would
have to be evacuated.
Just when the Southeastern Pennsylvania Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team and
I were getting ready to assist with that effort, we got some great news.
of Acme Markets via channel 6 Action News—and
with excellent regional communication and coordination by Delaware and
Montgomery County Emergency Management Agencies—several back-up generators were
now available for the senior community.
of going to Martins Run to assist with evacuation, we went to help hook up the
generators that would get 300 seniors warm again.
is just one of many examples of how our region worked together to provide aid
and comfort during some of the worst weather since Hurricane Sandy.
once again that communication, coordination, and cooperation pay off in better public
safety for southeastern Pennsylvania.