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Bucks County to Activate Emergency Operations Center as Isaias Approaches

August 3, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Larry R. King, 215-348-6413, lrking@buckscounty.org

As tropical storm Isaias continues to advance on the Delaware Valley, the Bucks County Commissioners announced they will activate the county’s Emergency Operations Center early Tuesday to help monitor and respond to the expected high winds and heavy rains.

The EOC in Ivyland will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight, Emergency Services Director Scott T. Forster said.

Isaias is expected to arrive by early morning, bringing a predicted four to six inches of rain across the county, more in some localized areas, Forster said. Winds of 35 to 45 miles per hour are predicted, with gusts of up to 60 mph. isaias

That combination of wind and rain could cause flash flooding, downed trees and powerlines, and moderate property damage.

Emergency management officials will be monitoring the storm at the EOC along with members of numerous county government departments, PennDOT and fire, EMS and law enforcement responders. Also represented, some of them virtually because of the COVID pandemic, will be the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the National Guard, the Red Cross, PECO, Met-Ed and PP&L.

Forster said county officials have made sure that generators are ready for deployment at critical care facilities and shelters if needed. Mass care equipment, such as cots, walkers and other items, are ready in case temporary shelters need to be opened.

Also ready for use are generator-powered HVAC systems that can provide heating and air conditioning to critical care facilities such as nursing homes if needed. County and fire company water rescue teams and boats are also on standby.

The Delaware River is not expected to flood in Bucks County, but officials are watching smaller streams – the Neshaminy and Perkiomen Creeks in particular – for possible flooding.

Forster advised residents not to drive their vehicles through standing water, and to assume that any downed wires are charged and to avoid them.

If a tornado warning is issued, residents should go to an inside room on the lowest level of their home or workplace, preferably a basement.