Emergency Management

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Emergency Preparedness

Montgomery Township Emergency Management Department:

Richard Lesniak, Director of Fire Services / Emergency Management Coordinator

The Montgomery Township Emergency Management Department reports to the Director of Fire Service, and is a branch of the Montgomery Township Office of Fire Services.  The department strives to maintain a high state of readiness in accordance with the Township’s Disaster Operations Plan. We are located at the Montgomery Township Fire Department main station at the intersection of Route 309 and Stump Road in Montgomery Township. Our mission is to ensure that the Montgomery Township and its citizens become and remain prepared for natural and man-made disasters.


Preparing for a disaster:

Disasters take many forms. They're caused by blizzards, hurricanes, gale force winds, sudden floods, releases of deadly chemicals, fire, and ice storms. Some types of disasters such as severe winter storms or hurricanes have become somewhat familiar to Pennsylvania residents. Such familiarity should not result in becoming complacent about the risks other types of disasters pose. When disaster strikes, the best protection is being prepared and knowing what to do.

A first step in preparedness is making sure you have advance notice on any impending disasters. For some disasters, such as earthquakes, this is impossible. For other disasters such as severe winter storms or hurricanes advance warning information is readily available from broadcast news, the Weather Channel and the Internet. Please check out the local Weather Link for updated local weather information from the National Weather Service. Also, as we face summer weather remember that blackouts and brownouts are more likely during periods of extreme heat because of increased electricity demand. Check out the PECO web site for storm related information and to report electrical and gas problems.

To find out more about disasters and steps you can take to prepare please contact the Montgomery Township Emergency Management Department (215-699-8699) if you live in Montgomery Township.

Water purification tips:

The following link to the Clorox Company, a commercial web site, is provided because it provides excellent advice as to the best method to purify water if the township water supply should be damaged or if an emergency should leave you stranded in an area without public water supplies. The fact that this link is provided does not constitute an endorsement of a commercial product. You should be aware, however, that various commercial chlorine bleaches vary in strength and the method described as safe for Clorox might not be safe using another brand of bleach. Also be sure to use plain bleach, not a scented product. Exit this site and go to the Clorox Company Site

Additional information:

If you are a Pennsylvania resident unsure as to how to contact your local Emergency Management Department please call the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) at 1-717-651-2007. You can also check out the PEMA Web Site you might also want to call your local chapter of the American Red Cross for additional disaster preparedness information.

Recovering from a disaster:

After a disaster has occurred, the goal of all is to return to normal as soon as possible. Families want to return home and resume their lives. It is also important for businesses to return to normal operations, thereby providing employment to citizens of the area and helping our local economy. The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides and coordinates a number of programs to assist individuals, families and businesses as they work to restore service. Please click on the link below for further information:

Helping Others:

One frequently asked question is: "Is there some way I can volunteer to assist others during disasters". The answer is YES, and you may find more information at the following links listed below:

Other Links

In order to encourage Americans to prepare themselves, their families, and their communities, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and The Advertising Council have created these instructional videos to help educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all kinds of emergencies. The videos, in English and Spanish, are designed to show how American families can get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, and be informed about the different types of emergencies in their community.

Links to the instructional videos can be found here.


Is your family ready to cope with a regional disaster?  What would you do if you had to evacuate your home or lost basic services like water, gas, and electricity?  Montgomery County officials have the answers.  

Disaster can strike quickly and without warning.  Families can cope with disasters by preparing in advance and working together as a team.  To that end, Montgomery County is urging all residents to visit the new "Ready Region" website to find out what they can do to prepare. 

Visit the Ready Region site at www.readyregion.org.  Or, for more information, log on to the County's website at www.montcopa.org.




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