Resources to Stay Safe from Severe Weather Threat This Season


May 29, 2019

Resources to Stay Safe from Severe Weather Threat This Season

Harrisburg, PA – As storms affected a number of Pennsylvania communities Tuesday night, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) is reminding Pennsylvanians to be aware of the threat of severe weather, providing a reminder of available resources to stay safe this summer.

“Recent severe weather in parts of Pennsylvania has included tornadoes, flooding and straight-line winds and we could see more over the next day or two,” said PEMA Acting Director Randy Padfield. “As we’re all enjoying more time outdoors this summer, it’s even more important to make sure that you stay aware of weather conditions and have several ways to get potentially life-saving weather alerts.”

Many local media outlets provide local weather alerts via text message, social media or apps that can be downloaded to your cellphone. Select one or more trusted media outlets, so that you have several ways to get alerts. A NOAA weather radio is an inexpensive and portable option that provides location-based weather alerts; most models are battery-operated, but others can be powered via a USB connection, solar power or are powered by manually cranking a handle on the unit to store power.

There are five National Weather Service Offices that service Pennsylvania, and each makes weather information available via Twitter and Facebook: NWS Cleveland (Twitter, Facebook); NWS Pittsburgh (Twitter, Facebook); NWS State College (Twitter, Facebook): NWS Philadelphia/Mt. Holly (Twitter, Facebook); and NWS Binghamton (Twitter, Facebook.) You do not need a social media account to access the information shared on either platform.

You can use to check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles in Pennsylvania. The service, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

More information about how to prepare for an emergency, including specific information for people with specialized needs such as pets or access and functional needs, is available on the ReadyPA webpage.

MEDIA CONTACT:    Ruth A. Miller – or 717-651-2009