There are no active watches, warnings or advisories for Chester County (Pennsylvania)
as of: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 05:23:45 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.
Bridge Weight Limit REDUCED to 3 tons
Location: Pennocks Bridge Road between Avondale-New London and State Roads. One bridge now has a 3 ton MAXIMUM limit. Any vehicle that weighs more than 6,000 lbs MUST NOT cross over this bridge -- no exceptions! Impacted bridge Location from Google Maps.
Bridge on Saginaw Road CLOSED to ALL Traffic
PennDot has closed the bridge on Saginaw Road between Kings Row Road and Rte 472 in East Nottingham Township to ALL traffic. The impacted bridge location from Google Maps. The detoour for this closed bridge: From the New London side of the bridge -- Follow Saginaw Road to Rte 896 South, turn right; at State Road, turn right again and cotnimnue on State Rd to Route 472. From The Rte 472 side of the bridge: Take Rte 472 to State Road, take State Road to Rte 896 North; turn left, go N or Rte 896 to Saginaw Road, then turn left and follow Saginaw Road to your destination. The bridge replacement project will likely not occur until sometime after Spring of 2021.
All Pennsylvania Residents -- Masks are now Mandatory.
PA Health Secretary Levin issued an order that all Pennsylvania residents wear a mask at all times when out in public. This now includes wearing one outdoors whenever social distancing cannot be maintained, and also continues the requirement to wear a mask when inside a business.
Remember -- your mask protects those around you, and THEIR mask protects you. This is why it is important that everyone wear a mask whenever possible to limit the continued community spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Avon Grove Area Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing Location
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. Testing is locally available at the Penn-London/Avon Grove Intermediate School Campus.There are also several other testing locations in Chester County.
Register for an appointment using using this link: Health Department Swab Testing Registration. This site has the hours of operation and locations for all testing sites.
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
AGREM is on Summer Break during June, July, and August. On-Line via ZOOM with details sent prior to the meeting.
Our next meeting will be on:
Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 6:30pm EST
During the Summer Break, Radio checks will be done on the second thursday at 6:00pm EST. Please participate if you are available.
Note the change in meeting logistics!
Announcements / Notices
Excessive Heat Watch
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for our area. High temperatures plus humidity can cause the outdoor temperatures to feel like 100 degrees or more.
Take measures to stay cool, remain hydrated and to keep informed. Getting too hot can make you sick. You can become ill from the heat if your body can't compensate for it and properly cool you off.
Those who are at highest risk include people 65 and older, children younger than two, and people with chronic diseases or mental illness. Closely monitor people who depend on you for their care:
- Are they drinking enough water?
- Do they have access to air conditioning?
- Do they need help keeping cool?
People at greatest risk for heat-related illness can take the following protective actions to prevent illness or death:
- Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. Contact your local health department or locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area. Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death. If a home is not air-conditioned, people can reduce their risk for heat-related illness by spending time in public facilities that are air-conditioned, and using air conditioning in vehicles.
- Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device during an extreme heat event.
- Drink more water than usual and don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.
- Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
- Don't use the stove or oven to cook—it will make you and your house hotter.
Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather:
- Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when the sun is hottest.
- Wear and reapply sunscreen as indicated on the package.
- Pace activity. Start activities slow and pick up the pace gradually.
Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more. Muscle cramping may be an early sign of heat-related illness.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
Information courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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 as well as other community information for Avon Grove and the surrounding areas is broadcast 24x7. AGREM 1670 is also interrupted automatically whenever the National Weather Service issues an alert for our area as well.
Power Outages and Weather
Road & Traffic Information
- Bridge Weight Limit REDUCED -- Location: Pennocks Bridge Road between Avondale-New London and State Roads. One bridge now has a 3 ton MAXIMUM limit. Any vehicle that weighs more than 6,000 lbs MUST NOT cross over this bridge -- no exceptions! Impacted bridge Location from Google Maps.
- Bridge on Saginaw Road CLOSED to ALL Traffic -- Location: Saginaw Road between Kings Row Road and Rte 472 in East Nottingham Township. The impacted bridge location from Google Maps. The detoour for this closed bridge: From the New London side of the bridge -- Follow Saginaw Road to Rte 896 South, turn right; at State Road, turn right again and cotnimnue on State Rd to Route 472. From The Rte 472 side of the bridge: Take Rte 472 to State Road, take State Road to Rte 896 North; turn left, go N or Rte 896 to Saginaw Road, then turn left and follow Saginaw Road to your destination. The bridge replacement project will likely not occur until sometime after Spring of 2021.
- 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