SEOC Enhanced to Level 3: State Agencies to Report to PEMA in Advance of Winter Storm

Feb 08, 2016, 16:15 ET from Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With a winter storm expected to start impacting the state overnight, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency will enhance staffing to Level 3 at the State Emergency Operations Center starting today at 8 p.m.

"Bringing staff from multiple state agencies to PEMA will enable us to more quickly respond to any resource requests we get from our county emergency management partners," said PEMA Director Richard D. Flinn Jr. "We will maintain enhanced staffing for the duration of this storm event."

At Level 3, PEMA personnel will monitor conditions throughout the night, along with staff from the PA State Police, PA Department of Transportation, and the PA Turnpike Commission. Operations will be further expanded to Level 2 tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. with additional personnel from the following agencies: Department of General Services, Office of Administration, Department of Health, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Department of Human Services, and the American Red Cross.

The commonwealth's ReadyPA campaign encourages citizens to take three basic steps before an emergency occurs: Be Informed, Be Prepared, Be Involved. More detailed information, including free downloadable emergency home and car kit checklists and emergency plan templates, is available online at The free ReadyPA app is also available for both Apple and Android devices.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ruth Miller – PEMA: 717-651-2009;


SOURCE Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency