There are no active watches, warnings or advisories for Chester County (Pennsylvania)
as of: Monday, November 23, 2020 at 22:20:05 EST/EDST
This is the website for AGREM, Incorporated, also known as Avon Grove Regional Emergency Management. We are an emergency management organization located in Chester County, Pennsylvania providing support for the boroughs of Avondale and West Grove, and the nearby townships of Penn, New London, Franklin, and London Britain.
We encourage you to review our site to learn more about our organization, and what we do for the area we cover. If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer, or even just attend a meeting or two to see what we're all about, we encourage you to do so.
Our site is also about informing you, the public, about emergency management and both personal and business preparedness for disasters, be they natural or man-made. Given the importance of weather, we have placed critical information and graphics related to weather on our homepage to provide you with quick access to this information. Our weather page has additional information, so we encourage you to visit it as well.
We are a non-profit organization, and our website is frequently changed or updated by volunteers. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for our visitors, as we strive to provide the most recent information available to you.
Flu Vaccination Clinics
The Chester County Health Department will be providing flu vaccinations at a number of clinic locations throughout Chester County. This year, more than ever, getting a flu shot is very important. While it will not protect you from getting COVID-19, the symptoms of the flu and Covid-19 are very similar. Avoiding the flu helps lower the demand for critical healthcare services.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, pre-registration is required along with other precautions. For more information on clinic locations, their dates and times of operation, and to register -- visit the Chester County Health Department Influenza/flu information site.
All Pennsylvania Residents -- Wearing a mask is Mandatory.
All Pennsylvania residents must wear a mask at all times when out in public. This includes wearing one outdoors, especially when you cannot maintain social distancing (of 6 feet or greater) and when you enter a store or business.
Remember -- your mask protects those around you, and THEIR mask protects you. This simple, but important action helps to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus wherever you go.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing Locations
The Chester County Health Department is providing free PCR (nasal swab) tests for individuals with symptoms, or who have had a known close contact with a positive case in the last 14 days. You can register for an appointment using using this link: Health Department Swab Testing Registration. This site has the latest locations and their hours of operation for all testing sites in Chester County.
Restore Chester County
A copmprehensive on-line toolkit and guidance specifically for Chester County's 15,000+ businesses and 525,000 residents is available at https://restorechestercounty.org
The December AGREM meeting will be on: On-Line via ZOOM with details sent prior to the meeting.
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Radio Check at 6:00pm ESTMeeting starts at 6:30pm EST
Note the change in meeting logistics!
Announcements / Notices
Heavy Rains Expected - Are you Ready?
Heavy rains are expected to come across our area and nearby locations over the next several days. Remember it only takes 6 inches of moving water to cause a person to fall, 1 foot of water to lose control of your vehicle, and 2 feet to carry a vehicle away. DO NOT drive across a flooded roadway! The water is often deeper or moving faster than it may appear. Many drivers have become trapped and their vehicles swept away with the flow. "Turn Around, Don't Drown®" -- nothing is so important that you should risk your life or the lives of the Emergency Reponders who may be sent to rescue you.
For more information on Floods and Flood Safety, visit Ready.Gov Flood Information or National Weather Service Flood Safety Information.
Driving in Fog or Rain
If it is foggy or raining, you should turn on your headlights so that other drivers can more easily see you. On newer cars, don't rely on the automatic sensor to turn your lights on -- turn them on manually instead.
Also, remember that whenever your windshield wipers are on, your headlights should be on as well.
Fall Driving Hazards
Fall is the time of year when leaves change colors and animals like deer are more active. The beauty of fall colors turns hazardous when leaves are on the road, and even more so when the roads are wet. Remember to leave extra following distance as well as to slow down -- leaves, even on a dry roadway, can increase stopping/braking distances. The hazard is even greater when the roads and leaves are wet.
Deer are more active and pay less attention to cars and trucks on the roads. They are especially active during the early morning and early to late evening hours. Be aware that if you see one deer, there are likely several more in the area. Again, slow down and don't drive faster than the stopping distance you can see with your headlights.
Are you Ready? Is your family Ready? Are you Getting Important Alerts?
Have you signed up for ReadyCheso yet? You can register to receive important messages from the Chester County Department of Emergency Services and your municipality's Emergency Management Coordinator through this system .
You choose what you want to get notified about, and also how you want to be notified. The system supports use of text, email, or voice alerts. You can chose whatever you prefer, and the order the system uses to notify you.
The recommended alert choices are: your local municipality, weather, and Public Health alerts. You can choose other selections as desired; and can change the entire setup at any time.
For more information and to register, visit the following website: READYChesCo.org.
SMART 911 in Chester County
Smart911 lets you create a private and secure safety profile for your family. The profile can include information you want 9-1-1 operators and first responders to have when you call for an emergency.
In an emergency seconds can save lives. Take a few seconds now to plan ahead at www.smart911.com
Your SMART-911 profile is also available whenever you are travelling or visiting other states that also utilize the SMART 911 system.
Listen to AM 1670 on your smartphone, tablet, and computer; in your car, or on a portable emergency radio. Emergency and other community information for the Avon Grove and surrounding areas is broadcast 24x7. AGREM 1670 broadcasts are automatically interrupted whenever the National Weather Service issues any alerts for our area.
Power Outages and Weather
Avon Grove Area Road Information
- E. Nottingham Township: Long-term Closure: Bridge on Saginaw Road is CLOSED to ALL Traffic. The bridge is located between Kings Row Road and Rte 472 . DETOUR ROUTE (East side): Use Saginaw Road east to Rte 896. Turn right on 896 S to the stop-sign at State Road, turn right on State Road, and go west to Route 472. DETOUR ROUTE (West side): Go west to Rte 472, turn left on 472 to State Road. Turn left on State Road and go east to Rte 896. Turn left on Rte 896 North and follow to Saginaw road (on left). Turn onto Saginaw for destinations up to the closure point. The bridge replacement project will be scheduled in 2021.
- Franklin Township: Clay Creek Road is CLOSED to ALL Traffic between Twin Bridge Lane and Auburn Road for bridge replacement. DETOUR ROUTE: Use Auburn Road and Church Hill Road. The project runs from September 14, 2020 into mid-November 2020.
- Franklin Township: Hess Mill Road is CLOSED to ALL Traffic between Beechwood Drive and South Geurnsey Rd for bridge repair. The project runs from October 5th to December 5th, 2020. DETOUR ROUTE: Follow posted signs.
- New London Township: REDUCED WEIGHT LIMIT on Pennocks Bridge Road between Avondale-New London and State Roads. The weight limit is now a MAXIMUM of 3 tons. Any vehicles, or loads, over 6,000 lbs MUST NOT cross over this bridge!
- West Grove Borough: Emergency Repairs at Welcome Ave and Rosehill Road during week of Oct 26th. DETOUR ROUTE: Use Chartwell Road to Welcome Avenue.
Other Road Information
- Thornbury & Westtown Townships: Route 926 is CLOSED between New Street and Rte 202 until mid-December for bridge replacement. DETOUR (East Side): Trucks should use Rte 202, US Rte 1, and Baltimore Pike. Cars use Rte 202 to Brintons Bridge Road, and Birrmingham Road. DETOUR (West Side): Baltimore Pike, Rte 52 North.
- Pennsylvania DOT -- PA511 System, Mobile App
- Maryland DOT -- MD511 System
- Delaware DOT -- website
Health & Human Services
Volunteer -- Serve our community
Ready.Gov - Public Service Announcement