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PEMA: disaster proclamation still in place from last storm

Written by Matt Paul and Radio Pennsylvania | Feb 13, 2014 4:00 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The State Emergency Operations Center has been fully-staffed since ten last night.

The wet, heavy snow that's already falling will cling to trees and wires. Combined with 20 to 30 mile per hour wind gusts, PEMA Director Glenn Cannon says conditions are ripe for additional power outages.

But he notes one thing has made this week's storm prep easier.

"We have an open state disaster declaration that the governor did last week, we don't need to do a new declaration, and we also have a presidential emergency declaration that the president did for us last week that's open,” he explained on Wednesday.

“And I have 21 tractor-trailers sitting at Willow Grove, with generators from the federal government, ready to move out into our communities as needed."

Cannon adds 450 Pennsylvania National Guard members have stationed at their armories, ready to assist emergency responders as necessary during the storm.

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