News for Constituents

27 Pennsylvania Counties under Drought Watch

Low ground and surface water levels across more than a third of Commonwealth counties are prompting the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to continue a drought watch.

The declaration applies to Berks, Bradford, Cambria, Carbon, Clinton, Columbia, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Luzerne, Lycoming McKean, Mercer, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne, Westmoreland, and Wyoming Counties.

A drought watch requests voluntary compliance to reduce consumption by five percent.

Shopping for Electricity Made Easier

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) electricity shopping website is now even more helpful and easier to navigate.

Enter your zip code to locate competitive electric suppliers offering the lowest price. When contemplating a change in supplier, review the fixed versus variable rates offered. Further consideration should be given to billing, service, and renewable energy options.

The new PUC website is also equipped to guide you through a series of proactive energy conservation steps. Improve your home’s energy efficiency and conservation with tips for your hot water tank, doors and windows, and aging appliances.

Emergency Preparedness and You

Where will you go if the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) issues an alert to seek shelter in your home’s safest room? According to PEMA, the safest spaces in any structure include the basement or rooms near the center of the house.

Access a copy of the clear and concise Pennsylvania Emergency Preparedness Guide to enhance your preparations, whether you are home, at work, or in your vehicle. Ready PA prepares you for a potential disaster through three steps: Be Informed, Be Prepared, and Be Involved.

Parents and teachers are encouraged to cultivate activities and lessons developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency Youth Preparedness Program to ensure even the youngest members of your family are ready.

Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month intended to bring attention to the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. Today, nearly one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Nearly two thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s Disease are women.

Alzheimer’s Disease is characterized by confusion, irritability, aggression, mood swings, language breakdown, long-term memory loss, and loss of bodily functions.

Awareness and information related to funding, mental and cognitive fitness, ethical care and support, support for family and non-professional caregivers, workforce retention and development, and on-going research are a click away. Access Pennsylvania’s additional information and resources for both the patient and the caregiver.

Safe Driving in Amish Country

The beautiful scenery and historic farmhouses flanking Pennsylvania’s highways and byways throughout Amish Country can distract motorists.

Dotting the landscape are the quaint sights of horse-drawn buggies with occupants setting off for work or market, or perhaps, the family is aboard and on their way to attend a church service.

Before your visit, familiarize yourself with Safe Driving in Amish Country, published by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Further anticipate your driving experience while traveling in Amish Country through a review of PennDOT’s Amish Horse and Buggy Manual and a clear perspective of their driving experience behind the reins.