First Posted: 4/11/2012
CLARKS GREEN- The Abington Council of Governments assembled April 5 for their monthly meeting. Guest Herman Johnson, the Emergency Management Coordinator for Clarks Summit Borough, spoke about the importance of every community having an emergency management coordinator. It is required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to have a coordinator to assist fire and police departments during a natural disaster or any other situation that requires additional aid. Johnson said the EMA coordinator properly documents damage that requires outside assistance or funding because FEMA requires proper documentation before funding any projects. He used the examples of flooding in 2006, as well as flooding due to the recent Hurricane Irene. There he took photographs to secure grants.
Johnson brought Clarks Summit’s Emergency Operations Book that includes a map of flood plains, checklists, list of special needs residents, as well as an agreement between the Clarks Summit Borough and the Abington Heights School District to use buses in case of evacuation. Clarks Summit has an EMA vehicle equipped with safety cones, a Geiger counter, a radiation detection kit and litter for cleaning oil spills.
“I would highly recommend that if you don’t have an EMA coordinator, appoint one and get him to the training,” said Johnson. He told the council that Clarks Summit’s EMA vehicle and his aid as EMA coordinator are available to their communities.
Also mentioned were upcoming events in the Abington Area. The Ransom Lions Club is hosting a pancake breakfast April 22 at the Community Hall from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children under 12. On April 21, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. there will be an Earth Day Street Fair on Depot and State Streets in Clarks Summit where people can drop off ink cartridges, batteries, eye glasses and light bulbs. On May 6, from 10 a.m. there will be a car show to benefit the Scranton School for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children. More information can be found at www.thescrantonschool.org.