Governor Tom Corbett today joined officials from the Pennsylvania
Emergency Management Agency to help open the agency's new Eastern Area Office
in Berks County.
"The staff in PEMA's Eastern Area Office has been incredibly busy in responding to
Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Sandy," Corbett said. "They are
a vital link between county government and the state in emergency response and
recovery in Pennsylvania."
Corbett was joined at the ribbon cutting by PEMA Director Glenn Cannon and
Department of General Services Secretary Sheri Phillips, as well as other state and
local dignitaries and local emergency responders.
PEMA Area Offices work as the field extension of PEMA, coordinating with
commonwealth agencies, county and municipal government, volunteers and the
private sector to assist in the prevention of, preparedness for, response to and
recovery from all types of disasters.
Area offices provide on-site coordinated assistance to emergency management
coordinators and commissioners in all 67 counties, other elected officials and their
emergency management staffs during times of man-made or natural disasters.
The Eastern Area Office, located at 3566 Old Route 22, Hamburg, has jurisdiction in
20 counties: Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Columbia, Delaware, Lackawanna,
Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland,
Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming.