per the National Weather Service, Mt Holly, NJ Weather Field Office: The climatology in western Chester County is quite different compared to the eastern part of the county, which means the weather can be a lot different too. For instance, during the winter months, the western portions of the county may receive a lot more snow than the eastern sections. When this situation arises, we can now issue a warning just for the western portion of the county if we think snow will be heavier there than in the east. This holds true for other types of hazardous weather as well, such as excessive heat, where the more urban areas in the eastern section of the county experience higher temperatures than in the west. Population density also plays a role because the effects of hazardous weather become more problematic as the number of people affected increases.
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Emergency preparedness information is available on ReadyChesco.org.
In Chester County, there are several ways to get information during an emergency:
Officials ordering you to evacuate will tell you where shelters have been established. Follow their instructions.
When Chester County opens a shelter for people, the County Animal Response Team will open a pet shelter in the same facility. If multiple shelters are opened, not all shelters will be pet friendly. Check our Facebook, Twitter, or website for information on pet-friendly shelters.
Residents living within the 10-mile radius, who have not already done so, may obtain Potassium Iodide (KI) from the Chester County Health Department.
No. Chester County only uses warning sirens to indicate an emergency at one of the nuclear power plants.
Call your electric company. Do NOT call 9-1-1.
Chester County's main power providers are:
Premise Information is used to alert responders of special circumstances at a specific address. This information is presented each time an incident is entered for that address. For more information and instructions on how to have your information entered into the Premise Information system, visit here
If you placed a 9-1-1 call, you are legally permitted to have a copy. . Anyone else requesting a copy of a 9-1-1 call must provide a subpoena. For more information and instructions on how to obtain copies of 9-1-1 calls, visit our website
The Public Safety Training Campus has four rooms available for meetings and conferences. To make a reservation, call 610-344-4100 or email.
Everyone is welcome to tour the 9-1-1 Center, Emergency Operations Center and the Public Safety Training Campus. Schedule a tour
Emergency Services has a training website at http://destraining.chesco.org
Please remember if you have a true emergency, call or text 9-1-1. Click here to get the non-emergency phone numbers to the police, fire and ambulance stations of Chester County.
Children come into this program as referrals from parents, schools, mental health agencies, juvenile probation, district courts, fire stations and police departments. The juveniles, due to their actions, that have escalated into the Court System are required to attend the complete program as part of the sentencing process. The Judges have welcomed the program as an alternative or in addition to monetary penalties. For more information on this program please call 610-344-5000 or email the Fire Marshal's Office.
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