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Erie County declares disaster emergency

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ERIE, Pa - Tuesday December 26, 2017 -

From the Erie County Executive's Office:

"County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper , signed a declaration of disaster emergency in Erie County after a historic snowfall left parts of the region buried in more than 50 inches of snow. The declaration, which takes effect immediately, authorizes officials in Erie County to act to meet the needs of the snow emergency and further directs the Erie County Department of Public Safety’s emergency management team to take appropriate action to aid in the restoration of public services or any other emergency response deemed necessary.

“Ensuring the safety and welfare of the public is paramount, and this declaration positions Erie County to better help respond to both the needs of our citizens and our municipalities,” Dahlkemper said.

John Grappy, Erie County’s director of Public Safety, said that the disaster declaration allows the county to coordinate resources, including the deployment of Humvees from the Pennsylvania National Guard to assist with snow emergencies, particularly on secondary roads. In addition, the county is collaborating with the City of Erie and the state to secure additional resources for snow removal, and is also working with local hospitals to ensure that medical professionals can obtain a ride to work so that hospitals can maintain necessary staffing, Grappy said.

Erie County’s emergency management team activated an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 10 a.m. Tuesday to help coordinate responses to the storm. Members of Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation have joined local emergency management officials in staffing the EOC.

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