Operation Weather Alert Johnstown

Last updated: Monday March 18, 2013 9:40 pm

Admiral Peary Head Start- Closing Early- No PM Classes

Alleghany College Of Maryland- All Closed

Ferndale- All After School Activities- Cancelled

Johnstown- City Head Start- Closing Early- No PM Classes

Johnstown School Board Meeting Cancelled For 03/18

Mount Aloysius- All Classes After 5 Cancelled

PA Highlands- All Campuses- Closed

United School District- All Evening Activities Cancelled

UPJ- No Evening Classes

Westmont Hilltop Evening Activities Cancelled

Tussy Mountain School District: 1 1/2 hour delay 3/19

Salix Head Start - 1 1/2 hour delay 3/19

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CURRENT ROAD CLOSINGS:

Roadways and bridges are subject to closure at any time. For your safety and the safety of emergency responders, motorists are strongly urged to avoid unnecessary travel at this time.

For more information on road closings/delays, visit http://www.511pa.com/

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CURRENT POWER OUTAGES:

Current outages and more information from Penelec is available here: http://outages.firstenergycorp.com/pa.html

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COMMUNICATING DURING A POWER OUTAGE:

Information from FEMA: http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/consumer-tips-how-communicate-during-natural-disaster-emergency

1. Limit non-emergency phone calls.This will minimize network congestion, free up "space" on the network for emergency communications and conserve battery power if you are using a wireless phone;

2. Keep all phone calls brief.If you need to use a phone, try to use it only to convey vital information to emergency personnel and/or family;

3. For non-emergency calls, try text messaging, also known as short messaging service (SMS) when using your wireless phone. In many cases text messages will go through when your call may not. It will also help free up more "space" for emergency communications on the telephone network;

4. If possible, try a variety of communications servicesif you are unsuccessful in getting through with one. For example, if you are unsuccessful in getting through on your wireless phone, try a messaging capability like text messaging or email. Alternatively, try a landline phone if one is available. This will help spread the communications demand over multiple networks and should reduce overall congestion;

5. Wait 10 seconds before redialing a call.On many wireless handsets, to re-dial a number, you simply push "send" after you've ended a call to redial the previous number. If you do this too quickly, the data from the handset to the cell sites do not have enough time to clear before you've resent the same data. This contributes to a clogged network;

6. If in your vehicle, try to place calls while your vehicle is stationary;

7. If you have Call Forwarding on your home number, forward your home number to your wireless number, particularly in the event of an evacuation. That way you will get incoming calls from your landline phone;

8. If you do not have electric power in your home,consider using your car to charge cell phones or listen to news alerts on the car radio. But be careful – don’t try to reach your car if it is not safe to do so, and remain vigilant about carbon monoxide emissions from your car if it is a closed space, such as a garage;

9. Tune-in to broadcast and radio news for important news alerts.

Find more information at http://www.ready.gov, http://www.redcross.org, or http://www.fema.gov.