Governor Tom Corbett has ordered the activation of the State Emergency Operations Center due to a winter storm that could bring up to a foot of snow to parts of eastern Pennsylvania.
The State Emergency Operations Center, located at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency headquarters near Harrisburg, will be activated at 8 p.m. and initially will be staffed with personnel from 15 state agencies.
Agencies staffing the emergency operations center will include Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania National Guard, Pennsylvania Turnpike and PennDOT.
They will be joined by staff from the Public Utility Commission, Fish and Boat Commission, Game Commission, Office of Administration and departments of Agriculture, Public Welfare, Environmental Protection, Conservation and Natural Resources, Labor and Industry, General Services, Education and Health, Aging, and the American Red Cross.
The emergency operations center allows state agencies to remain aware of the storm's status and impact, and it enables the state to respond more quickly to requests for help from county emergency management leaders.