Joint Senate Panel Holds Hearing on the Emergency Response to Winter Snow Storm Jonas

The Senate Transportation Committee and the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will hold a joint hearing on the “Emergency Response to Snow Storm Jonas” on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building. The purpose of the hearing is to review the emergency response efforts along the Turnpike and I-78 caused by the snow storm over the weekend of January 22-24, 2016.

“I was disheartened when I heard that over 500 vehicles were stuck on the Turnpike caused by the recent snow storm,” said Senator Rafferty, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. “I want to ensure that we have a comprehensive understanding of the timeline of events that took place and the state’s response efforts. It will also be important to review what lessons were learned from previous snow-storm events and whether best practices were implemented.”

“Across the Commonwealth, first responders attended to thousands of incidents, small and large, and they are to be commended for their efforts,” said Sen. Vulakovich, Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee. “As the General Assembly begins to update our Emergency Management Code – Title 35 – it is important that we examine a situation like the Turnpike, to learn from it, and ensure that our state is better prepared.”

The joint hearing will include testifiers from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the Pennsylvania State Police and more.


Nolan Ritchie, Senate Transportation Committee, 717-787-1398
Nathan Silcox, Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee, 717-787-6538