Winter Weather Advisory Winter Weather Advisory - Chester County (Pennsylvania)
Winter Weather Advisory Winter Weather Advisory - Chester County (Pennsylvania)
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Map showing how the NWS has divided Chester County into East and West sections for providing weather information.

Welcome!

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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,map icon 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.

Critical Local Area Hospital Closure - Jennersville Regional (JRH)

JRH CLOSED FOR ALL PATIENT SERVICES (INCLUDING THE EMERGENCY ROOM) on January 1st, 2022.

If you have an emergency that requires an ambulance or advanced life-support -- don't delay, call 9-1-1.

If you need non-urgent care or Emergency Room services, several nearby facilities and their addresses are listed below. Click on the facility name to get a Google Map with hours and telephone numbers. Click on the “Directions” icon and enter a starting address to get driving directions, travel time, and distance.

NOTE: All area Ambulance and Advanced Life Support services remain available by calling 9-1-1.

Create or Update your Smart-911 Profile

If you have not already signed up for Smart-911, you should consider creating a profile. For more information see the Smart911 information on this page, or go to https://www.smart911.com/ directly to get started. If you have an existing profile, take a few minutes to make sure it is up to date.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing in Chester County

Free PCR testing is now available at:

Both locations are independently operated by the testing company Curative. They handle the sites and their related logistics, schedules, and appointment booking.

Appointment times are opened on a rolling basis. If you do not see dates/times/locations listed for Chester County that means there are currently no appointments available. NOTE: As appointments do become available, the Chester County sites will re-appear. You may want to periodically check the sites to find our when appointments are available.

Additional testing locations in Chester County may become available in the future. All questions about the sites should be directed to the Curative website or to their customer support phone number: 888-702-9042.

Alternate Testing Sites:

COVID-19 testing sites are located throughout Chester County and are operated by many pharmacies, urgent care centers, and private test companies. Most of the major pharmacies (CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens and Walmart) will provide free tests. Other locations will have their own requirements and may also charge a fee. View the map of testing sites.

At-Home Covid Testing:

  • CDC tutorial on interpreting at-home test results
  • Report positive results from an at-home Covid test, using a secure reporting form to submit your results. All information is kept confidential and will help our Chester County Health Department better understand how the virus is spreading within our communities.
  • For other information on testing, such as when to get tested and answers to other questions, review the Testing Information section on the Chester County Health Department website.

If you cannot find a testing location

For anyone experiencing symptoms, but cannot access/find testing:

  • Please stay home.
  • Follow current isolation guidance.
  • Monitor for symptoms such as cough, fever, and shortness of breath. The most frequent omicron symptoms include: cough; runny or stuffy nose, fatigue, sore throat, and headache.

The February AGREM meeting will be on:

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Penn Township Building
Finnen Community Room
260 Lewis Road
West Grove, PA 19390

Radio Check at 6:00pm EST
Meeting starts at 6:30pm EST

Please note the updated meeting location!

Announcements / Notices

Be safe during cold weather!

There may be a temptation to use other heat sources to heat your home. Only use sources that are meant for indoor use and be certain to check devices such as space heaters for frayed or damaged power cords. Also make sure the circuits they are plugged into are not overloaded. It is better, and safer, to layer on additional clothing or blankets rather than using a potentially unsafe device.

DO NOT use candles, propane grills or portable stoves, or your kitchen stove as an alternate heat source. Besides not being designed for this purpose, they can easy cause a fire or generate deadly carbon monoxide -- an odorless, colorless gas that can render you unconscious and kill you.

During prolonged cold periods, check frequently on anyone who may be more impacted by the weather, such as those with special needs, or older family members, friends, and neighbors.

For additional information review the Winter Safety Tips from the Ready.Gov website.

Are you prepared for the colder temperatures?

Winter Storm Handout, Winter Storm Safety.

If you have to be outdoors... During the severe cold, you need to take precautions to prevent frostbite or hypothermia.

  • Dress warmly and stay dry; wear hats, gloves or mittens and several layers of clothing.
  • Do not ignore shivering. It is an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Confusion and drowsiness are signs of hypothermia; seek medical attention immediately.
  • Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color to the affected skin area. The first signs of frostbite are redness or pain; seek medical attention immediately.

Shoveling Snow: Remember that shoveling snow is more stressful on your heart. Take smaller amounts of snow with your shovel and take frequent breaks. Know the warning signs of a heart attack, and STOP if you experience any of them and call 9-1-1.  If you know of someone who may be unable to clear their walk or driveway, please offer to help them if you can. Get a group together to do the work -- it's faster and easier with many hands!

Check on your Neighbors: If you have elderly neighbors, or neighbors with special needs, check on them regularly especially if there is an extended power outage or severe cold weather.

Portable heaters: If you need to use portable heaters for any reason, please remember to keep them away from curtains, furniture, blankets, and other items that could catch on fire if overheated. Do not use extension cords to connect an eletric heater.  If you have an indoor kerosene heater, make sure to allow it to cool down before refilling it OUTSIDE. Never refill a hot heater.

Never use a stove or oven to heat your home, or use open flames to thaw frozen pipes. Both of these actions can cause a house fire.

Power Outages: We have the phone numbers for the primary utility companies servicing the Avon Grove area posted on our website (see the sidebar). Write them down next to your home phone or place them on a note on your refrigerator. You should program them into your cell phone to make them easier to locate if necessary.  If your utility company offers automatic alerts for outages, make sure you sign up if you have a device capable of receiving those alerts.

Generators: If you need to use a generator, make sure you put it in a location OUTDOORS and AWAY from doors and windows. A generator will create carbon monoxide which will kill you if it accumulates -- It is both odorless and colorless so you won't know there is a problem unless you have CO Detectors in the key living areas in your home. If you or a family member experience confusion, headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, and chest pain, move IMMEDIATELY to FRESH AIR, open doors/windows, Call 9-1-1.  NEVER run a generator indoors for any reason. It is meant to be run outdoors only!

Run generators periodically, rather than constantly.  This saves on fuel and allows cool-down time so you can refill fuel tanks more safely.  Refrigerators and freezers will hold their temperatures if doors are kept closed and only opened when absolutely necessary.

Are you Ready? Is your family Ready? Are you Getting Important Alerts?

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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

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Smart911 lets you create a private and secure safety profile for your family. The profile can include important 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.

Local Information

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.

Hospital Closure: Tower Health Jennersville Hospital (JRH) wasclosed on 01-January-2022. NO services are available. Tower Health Brandywine is scheduled to close by 01-February-2022.

Alternate Hospitals: Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA, Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE and ChristianaCare Union Hopspital in Elkton, MD.

Urgent Care Sites:

NOTE: All local ambulance and Advanced Life Support services are available by calling 9-1-1.

Power Outages and Weather

Avon Grove Area Road Information

Other Road Information

Health & Human Services

  • Chester County Family Services (1-610-696-4900)
  • Chester County "ConnectPoints" Homeless Services (800-935-3181)

Volunteer -- Serve our community

See Something - Say Something

See Something Say Something Campaign

Events around us are a constant reminder that being prepared is as simple as being aware of your surroundings, and reporting to the authorities anything that appears out of the ordinary or which raises a concern about your safety or the safety of others.

For additional information, visit this site: www.dhs.gov .

Ready.Gov - Public Service Announcement