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FEATURES

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inter in Berks County can be unpredictable, varying greatly from
one year to the next in temperature,
snowfall, ice conditions and other factors. One
thing is for sure, however; according to Brian
Gottschall, director of the Berks County Department of Emergency Services, individuals, families and businesses should be prepared for the
possibility of severe weather and know how to
stay safe in the event of a storm.
While the Department of Emergency Services directs residents to a government website called ready.gov for instructions
and information, Gottschall said that individual and family
preparedness efforts can be summarized in four points:
* Be informed
* Have a plan
* Make a kit
* Act accordingly

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You can learn more about those steps and what they entail
by going to https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather.
"Hopefully, any emergency management operation is
promoting these same four points and directing folks to ready.
gov for resources and references in order to create a clear and
unified message," Gottschall said. Gotschall strongly advised
that everyone in Berks County sign up for these two resources:
*

Smart 911 at www.smart911.com. This provides county
responders with additional information about a household
or neighborhood in the event that someone in the home
dials 9-1-1.

*

BerksAlert. Go to www.berksdes.com and click on the
BerksAlert logo to sign up to receive emergency notifications from public officials. He also provided the following
advice about who to contact for help.

* Always call 9-1-1 for an emergency that requires the
response of police, fire or EMS.


https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather http://www.smart911.com http://www.berksdes.com http://www.ready.gov

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