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Shelter from the Storm

February 14, 2014 | By: Mark Ross

Shelter from the Storm

How 300 seniors got warm again thanks to southeastern Pennsylvania’s spirit of cooperation and readiness for emergencies.

When the going gets tough—as in our recent record snowfalls and widespread power outages—the tough get coordinating. 

Just ask the people at Martins Run Senior Living Community. After the good part of a day on back-up generators, they were getting concerned that parts of their campus weren’t 100 percent heated. 

With hundreds of thousands of power outages throughout our region, portable back-up generators were in short supply. For a while it looked like Martin’s Run would have to be evacuated. 

Just when the Southeastern Pennsylvania Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team and I were getting ready to assist with that effort, we got some great news. 

Courtesy of Acme Markets via channel 6 Action News—and with excellent regional communication and coordination by Delaware and Montgomery County Emergency Management Agencies—several back-up generators were now available for the senior community. 

Instead of going to Martins Run to assist with evacuation, we went to help hook up the generators that would get 300 seniors warm again. 

This is just one of many examples of how our region worked together to provide aid and comfort during some of the worst weather since Hurricane Sandy. 

We proved once again that communication, coordination, and cooperation pay off in better public safety for southeastern Pennsylvania.

Mark Ross
Written by Mark Ross

Mark Ross is vice president, emergency preparedness, for the HAP/Pennsylvania Department of Health emergency preparedness partnership. A former health care system emergency preparedness security manager, Mark focuses on enhancing the preparedness of health care facilities in southeastern Pennsylvania and building relationships with regional partners.


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By christoph   |   Tuesday, February 18, 2014 4:20 AM

Good work, Mutual cooperation. coordination. and communication does matter.

By scott sherry   |   Saturday, March 15, 2014 9:42 PM

Great work. Great leadership. Great teamwork!

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