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Emergency Services Information For Sandy

Information and tips provided by the Broomall Fire Co. for the community during Hurricane Sandy.

As the weather changes quickly the next 24-48 hours we need to be prepared.

The stores and gas staions have been busy. The school district has closed our schools Monday and Tuesday, and we need to STAY HOME. 

Hopefully you all have stocked up your homes with canned food, bottled water, flashlights, candles, and warm blankets.

Storms of this nature have never been seen in this area. When Hurricane Sandy starts roaring up, it will most certainly affect our infrastructure. Trees will come down, power lines will come down along with them.

If you lose your power, please DO NOT run generators inside your home. Please make sure if you have a gas powered generator to have it running outside of your home.

If you are driving and are faced with a flooded road DO NOT drive through the water. We have NO IDEA how deep that water is and it is NOT SAFE. Turn around and find another route.

If you lose power, please do not flood the 911 center with calls about your power being off. We know your power is out and the fire company will not be able to do anything about it. Call the PECO emergency line for recorded updates about power outages.

When the storm hits please stay away from windows, the high winds may cause windows to break.

Low lined areas near Darby Creek and Crum Creek, please be prepared to evacuate. When the emergency services knock on your door to tell you to evacuate, DO NOT ARGUE. Follow their instructions and proceed with caution.

If you have a transformer in your backyard on a pole and it blows, causing sparks and loud explosion STAY AWAY from it. The fire company will check the area, however, there is not much we can do about the transformer; we call PECO and place the blown transformer on a list from them.

Please know that PECO will be extremely busy during and after the storm, it will take some time, meaning several days to get us all restored. Continuing to call 911 for the fire company to check the same transformer is not helpful nor will it increase the speed of which it will be restored.

When should you call 911?

1. If a fire breaks out in your home

2. If you are sick or injuried

3. If wires fall on your home and they are still charged.

4. If you are evacuating and need assistance.

5. Transformers will explode. We will check to ensure there is no harm to your property. Once checked and cleared, there is nothing the fire company can do to restore your power, that is all up to PECO.

6. If you need help in any way.

The Broomall Fire Company will have volunteers manning the station for the next two days, 24/7.

The Marple Township Ambulance Corps will also have staff manning the station and will have three ambulances ready to you assist during the storm.

Remember: these volunteers are here to help you with anything you may need.

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