Emergency responders prep for Gettysburg crowds

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Jun 17, 2013 4:01 AM

(Gettysburg) -- The ten-day commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg's Sesquicentennial is less than two weeks away, and emergency responders are finalizing plans for handling the expected influx of tens of thousands of people.

Emergency planning has been underway for more than a year, as the National Park Service and Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau brought emergency responders into the fold early in the process.

Adams County Department of Emergency Services director John Eline says knowing exactly what's happening, where and when will help emergency crews navigate the expected gridlock more quickly.

"I can't get into a lot of the specifics for obvious reasons, but I can assure people that we have all the right people -- as far as public safety goes -- looking out for all of us," he explains.

Eline says they are now working to strategically pre-position resources for the major commemoration events, such as the two battle reenactments and NPS programs.

In addition to neighboring jurisdictions, Eline has been working with state agencies like the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, State Police and Homeland Security.

Eline says vigilance will also be critical, in light of April's Boston Marathon bombing. He's encouraging people to report any suspicious activity they may be witnessing in Gettysburg.

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