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Posted on: December 15, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Winter Storm Prep Underway

As mother nature delivers the first snowstorm of 2020, we want to remind residents about West Whiteland Township’s winter weather procedures.
Before the Storm
  • Brush up on our snow removal guidelines 
  • View this list of ways to stay in touch with the township during emergency events.
  • Be prepared .... Pre-storm checklist items:
  • Test all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Fuel up your vehicles – Having at least half a tank of fuel will keep the lines from freezing.
  • Fuel up your generators and snow blowers – This is especially important if you already used your equipment this winter and fuel may be running low.
  • Restock your batteries – Your battery-operated radios and flashlights may need fresh ones.
  • Make sure your portable electronic devices are fully charged. If the power goes out, you’re going to need a way to stay connected to what’s going on.
  • Have some non-perishable food and bottled water on hand.
  • Make sure you have a supply of rock salt, or ice melt to prevent slippery surfaces. 
During the Storm
  • Stay off the road if possible. If you must travel, get traffic information from 511pa.com.
  • If you experience a power outage, contact PECO at 1-800-841-4141 or www.peco.com
  • Check PECO’s new Outage Map to see the cause, geographical impact, and estimated restoration for your area. Learn more.
  • If you have an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.
  • Please check on friends and neighbors who live alone or those who you think might need assistance. 
After the Storm
  • Adopt a hydrant and save a lifeMake sure all fire hydrants near your property are clear of snow to provide easy access by firefighters. Remember, this could save precious time when firefighters need additional water to fight a fire.
  • Keep the area around your mailbox clear so your address is visible for mail delivery & emergencies.
  • Review the township’s snow removal guidelines. Make sure the sidewalks are cleared.
  • Shovel safely! Be sure to take it slow, push snow instead of lifting, take breaks, and drink water. If you experience any heart attack symptoms, immediately stop and call 9-1-1.
  • Remember to clear the end of your driveway after the street is plowed from curb to curb, and please do not shovel, blow or plow into the street.
  • Keep in mind, when snow is three inches deep, plowing will begin. With over 70 miles of Township roads to plow, crews will be busy. Be patient as they will get to your street! 

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