Pennsylvania Prepared as Winter Storm Set to Impact State Through Wednesday

first_img Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – With a slow-moving winter storm expected to bring snow, sleet, ice accumulation and rain across the state lasting into Wednesday, Governor Tom Wolf today reminded Pennsylvanians that the state of emergency declaration he signed in January remains in effect to allow for increased assistance with storm-related needs.“I want all Pennsylvanians to be vigilant in traveling safely as winter weather again makes its way across Pennsylvania for much of this afternoon through early Wednesday,” Governor Wolf said. “The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) has been in contact with state agencies involved in weather-related activities, including PennDOT and local emergency management agencies to make certain we are prepared.”“Pennsylvania is a large state, and storms like these affect regions throughout the commonwealth very differently from one another,” said Acting PEMA Director Randy Padfield. “We encourage everyone to stay tuned into their local news for important storm updates. In the meantime, PEMA is actively monitoring the storm in coordination with other state agencies and our partners in local government to help them meet any unmet needs that may arise.”Much of the state is under a winter weather advisory or warning. Accumulations vary, but many can expect to see 4 to 6 inches through Wednesday; the northernmost counties could get up to 8 inches and southwestern Pennsylvania will see the least amount of snow at less than 2 inches.Snow followed by ice, which could accumulate up to one-half inch in higher elevations and one-tenth to one-quarter of an inch across much of the state, is also forecast.PennDOT and the PA Turnpike are implementing phased restrictions through the storm. Depending on conditions, restrictions may be expanded or reduced. See a map of planned restrictions at www.penndot.gov. When restrictions are in effect, see www.511PA.com.The governor’s continuing emergency declaration authorizes state agencies to use all available resources and personnel, as necessary, to cope with the magnitude and severity of the storm’s impacts. The time-consuming bid and contract procedures, as well as other formalities normally prescribed by law, are waived for the duration of the proclamation.It is important to note that the declaration does not restrict citizens from travel on commonwealth roadways, but motorists should be aware of restrictions that are in place and heed the guidance of local authorities.To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions 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. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.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.A vehicle emergency kit should be prepared or restocked with items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication and pet supplies.PEMA works with county emergency management personnel to monitor unmet local needs during inclement weather affecting travel, utilities, and shelter. You are encouraged to monitor state agency social media accounts for the most up-to-date information on any emergency or weather-related situation affecting the state, in addition to any social media accounts for your local emergency management offices.Motorists should be aware that all vehicles should be fully clear of ice and snow before winter travel. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine.When winter weather occurs, PennDOT urges drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train.” The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see, and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle’s wipers are on due to inclement weather.In addition to driving safely around plows, motorists are urged to drive according to conditions. If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows that there were 440 crashes resulting in 221 injuries on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways where aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.To report an accident or other emergencies on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 on your mobile phone. If there is an accident, move the car out of travel lane and onto shoulder, if possible, and stay in the vehicle. For more information about PA Turnpike conditions, follow the conversation by using www.paturnpike.com/travel/twitter. You may also see advisories by clicking on the travel ticker on www.PATurnpike.com.PennDOT has created a Winter Safety media center, including social-media-sized graphics highlighting winter driving preparations and operations at www.penndot.gov in the “Media Center” under the “About Us” footer.For more information on safe winter travel, an emergency kit checklist and information on PennDOT’s winter operations including a video, visit PennDOT.gov/winter. Additional winter driving and other highway safety information is available at PennDOT.gov/safety.Follow the conversation by using #PAWinter on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews and visit the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation to view a winter emergency kit video.“With safety our priority, I remind everyone to please heed warnings from emergency responders and personnel, and remember to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly,” Gov. Wolf said. “Let’s all do our part to be prepared and safe during this stretch of winter weather.” February 11, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Pennsylvania Prepared as Winter Storm Set to Impact State Through Wednesdaylast_img read more

Weekly MP Report from Jay Hill

first_imgIn terms of natural resource opportunities, a priority for our region, our Government has committed to untangling the daunting maze of regulations that needlessly complicates projects approval, replacing it with simple, clearer processes that offer improved environmental protection and greater certainty to industry. And we will partner with the forest industry to enter new markets and deploy new technologies.We will take steps to support a competitive livestock industry, pursue market access for agricultural products and ensure freedom of choice for which western barley farmers overwhelmingly voted.Advertisement – Advertisement -Yet we have set the groundwork to return to fiscal balance by winding down stimulus spending as economic activity rebounds and by restraining federal program spending while protecting growth in transfers that directly benefit Canada, such as pensions, health care and education.Here are some highlights:Our Conservative Government will lead by example. We will introduce legislation to freeze salaries of the Prime Minister, Ministers, Members of Parliament and Senators and to freeze the overall budgets of ministers’ offices and call on MPs and Senators to do the same. We will also freeze the operating budgets for federal departments, the amount spent on administration and overhead.Our efforts towards job creation and job protection will continue. We will introduce additional measures to help young Canadians enter today’s tough job market. We will invest in skills and education, including enhanced support for apprenticeships, strengthened First Nations education and expanded opportunities for top graduates to commercialize their ideas.Advertisement You can also look for us to strengthen the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) for sole-support, single parents families.Our commitment to crime and justice reform will continue despite ongoing efforts by the opposition parties to block our justice agenda.We will also give families of murder victims access to special benefits under Employment Insurance and give employees of federally-regulated industries the right to unpaid leave if they or members of their families are victimized by crime.And we’ll change unfair rules restricting access to benefits under EI for military families who have paid into the system for yearsFor those Canadians who built our nation, we will strengthen Canada’s retirement income system and support legislation establishing Seniors Day.Advertisement We will keep taxes low and competitive, open markets to Canadian goods and services, strengthen laws governing intellectual property and copyright and launch a digital economy strategy to drive new technology.We will take further steps to fight climate change by leading the world in clean electricity generation and provide funding to help developing economies reduce their emissions and adapt to climate change.center_img Submitted by MP Jay HillAmidst an economy that is starting to turn the corner with 135,000 net new Canadian jobs since July 2009, this week’s Speech from the Throne reaffirmed that our Conservative Government will continue to protect incomes, create jobs, ease credit markets, and help workers and communities get back on their feet. Due to printing deadlines, I am writing this edition of MP Report the day before Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is set to table Budget 2010. You can expect specifics on many of these initiatives above to be outlined in the budget.Stay tuned….last_img read more

3-day travel mart begins in Himachal Pradesh

first_imgShimla, Apr 22 (PTI) A three-day travel mart to promote tourism got off to a colourful start here.Representatives of tourism industry from 10 countries have been invited to Himachal Travel Mart, while officials from eight states, including Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Bihar, are also taking part in the event, Vice Chairman of Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Vijai Singh Mankotia said.The state is looking for private investment for tapping the potential of adventure tourism like mountaineering, para-gliding, rock climbing and mountain biking, he said.Besides, we need investments for starting cruise services, including shikaras and water sports in Bilaspur and Chamba lakes, he added. PTI PCL GVSlast_img