Informational Meeting Scheduled for Businesses affected by the June 13, 2018 Tornado

Informational Meeting Scheduled for Businesses affected by the June 13, 2018 Tornado

Luzerne County Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with Wilkes-Barre Township Officials will host an informational meeting on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 10 am at the Luzerne County Emergency Management Agency, 185 Water Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA.  The target audience is businesses affected by the recent tornado.

Representatives from the Department of Labor & Industry Rapid Response Coordination Services, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Luzerne County Community Development Office, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry and the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce will provide information about services available to businesses that may aid in their recovery process.

Affected businesses are asked to register for the meeting by emailing Luzerne County Emergency Management Agency at  

In addition to the meeting, the Luzerne County Emergency Management Agency along with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is seeking information from affected businesses.  Businesses are asked to provide contact information to include an email address to .  Once the contact information is received businesses will receive an estimated disaster economic injury worksheet which they will be asked to complete. 

Media Contact : Lucy Morgan, (preferred method) or  (570)820-4400 (Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm)



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Information for Municipalities Regarding Salt Supply

The following was sent earlier as a joint memo from the Department of General Services, PennDOT, and PEMA:

The continuing bad weather has put unprecedented demands on sodium chloride (road salt) leading to a national shortage. Many deliveries have been unable to arrive timely due to frozen waterways, limiting salt from Canada. In the United States, suppliers are not able to mine, ship to stockpiles, and deliver to end users fast enough to meet the sheer volume of demand.

Please be assured the Commonwealth, under Governor Corbett’s direction, is doing everything it can to help supply your local municipalities with much needed salt in order to keep Pennsylvanians safe. Earlier this week, Governor Corbett granted a temporary waiver on certain restrictions for commercial delivery drivers. To view the press release, please visit:

Due to the ongoing demand, three of the Department of General Services’ contracted suppliers (American Rock Salt, International Salt Company, and North American Salt) have put the Commonwealth on an allocation system. COSTARS members have received 611,000 tons of salt to date out of a total of 871,000 tons. PennDOT has received 760,000 tons of the maximum 986,000 tons. An additional 250,000 tons of salt is on the way for PennDOT and COSTARS members. Inquiries into the availability of salt from other suppliers on contract to assist in covering these needs have not been fruitful.

PennDOT is working to help local municipalities, townships, and boroughs that are in dire need of salt. In order to keep interstate highways and other state roads safe, PennDOT must retain the majority of the salt in their position; they are, however, working with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to develop a prioritized list of requests from local governments to determ­­­­­­­ine how they can help. Please note that PennDOT’s and PTC’s capacity to assist local municipalities is not uniform across the state because the size of the storage facilities varies. To request assistance, please share the following process with your local governments


Local municipality identifies that they have a need and notifies their County Emergency Management Agency, who in turn notifies PEMA, as per the National Incident Management System protocol.

The following information must be discussed with the local municipality:

  • Municipality is first made fully aware salt is to be on loan, whereby repayment is necessary.
  • Municipality to answer the following to the best of their ability:
    • How much salt do they have on hand (tons)?
    • How many storms they can handle with current inventory?  How many more storms do they anticipate?
    • Do they have any salt on order?  Who is the supplier and how much is on order?
    • What is the expected date of delivery (supplier to municipality)?
    • How much salt do they need from PennDOT or the PA Turnpike (tons)?
    • How many trucks does the municipality have at their disposal to pick up the salt and timing?
    • Lastly, contact information – including location.

PEMA State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Logistics Section contacts PennDOT.

PennDOT and PA Turnpike staff evaluate this request and work with their District Offices.

  • District Offices determine if there is sufficient supply on hand to lend including at which stockpile the supply is located.

PennDOT returns information to PEMA with approval or non-approval.

PennDOT tracks all requests and responses for statewide analysis.

Pennsylvania is not alone. Surrounding states including New Jersey and New York have declared a state of emergency due to the lack of road salt. We are working to remedy the situation as quickly as possible and will keep you updated. We ask for your patience, cooperation, and assistance in this matter. Thank you.

Hanover Township School Supply Drive

DSC00865A school supply drive is currently underway to support the Boys and Girls Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania.  All supplies collected will be disturbed locally, to the members of the Hanover Township Club located at the Marion Terrace Apartments, Mark Drive.  Please place all donated items in the yellow container below.

  The drive will run until September 4th.

 Suggested items:

  •          Backpacks
  •          #2 Pencils
  •          Pens in Blue, Black, and Red
  •          Handheld Pencil Sharpener                                                                                           
  •          Large Pink
  •          Glue Sticks
  •          Ruler (marked in inches and centimeters)
  •          Assignment Book/Weekly Planner
  •          Composition Notebook                                                                       
  •          Spiral Notebooks 
  •          Index Cards
  •          Pencil Box
  •          Box of Crayons
  •          Erasers
  •          5-inch Safety Scissors
  •          Pocket Folders
  •          Highlighters
  •          Mini Stapler and Staples
  •          Dictionary
  •          Thesaurus
  •          USB Flash Drive


Senator Yudichak Pauses to Pay Tribute to America’s 9/11 Heroes

[frame align=”left”][/frame]It was my honor and privilege to speak this morning at the 9/11 Ceremony at @LuzerneCC Walk of Honor.

Good-morning. It is always a humbling experience to be with the LCCC family at this very special place, the Walk of Honor, to remember and pay tribute to America’s 9/11 heroes.

We pause today to honor our brave first responders, like fallen NYC firefighter Michael Carlo. Michael Carlo’s heroism on 9/11 was the inspiration for the Walk of Honor and the Public Safety Institute. It is our hope that the inspiration from all of our 9/11 heroes will keep us committed to those brave fire fighters, police officers and EMT’s who take it up as their daily charge to put themselves in harm’s way so we can be safe.

We also pause today to salute the sacrifice of our US military forces who, by killing Osama bin Laden, delivered justice to the nearly 3,000 families who lost loved ones on 9/11.

American forces have decimated terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and brought peace to our shores. It is time to for America to show its gratitude for the more than 2.4 million veterans who served in Iraq & Afghanistan.

The 6,570 men and women who gave their lives to protect America from terrorist deserve our eternal prayers. The 49,609 wounded soldiers returning home deserve more than our thanks… they deserve a helping hand to get the health care and job training they need to transition back into civilian life.

When thinking about these soldiers returning home or when you hear a story on the news about firefighters battling a house fire or police officers being shot at in a robbery gone wrong …I want you to remember the life of another 9/11 hero…. Father Judge.

Father Judge was assisting firefighters as the rushed into the World Trade Center. As the command was given to evacuate the building, Father Judge refused to abandon the firefighters still trapped inside, shouting…”My work here is not finished.”

[frame align=”right”][/frame]Father Judge was the first body recovered from the rumble. He is called by some the Saint of 9/11…with unspeakable horrors happening around him… he did not think of his own safety…his mind, his heart and his prayers were with the firefighters battling for their lives… his only thought…”My work here is not finished”.

Let us resolve, like Father Judge, that for the 2.4 million veterans.. our work is not finished…for the 6,570 dead on the battlefield.. our work is not finished…for the 49,609 wounded .. our work is not finished.And for the 3,000 innocent civilians killed 11 years ago today… our work is not finished.. our work is not finished until peace returns to families that mourn and comfort is given to those who earned the peace.God bless our first responders, God bless our troops and God bless the United States of America.