NORRISTOWN, PA – Montgomery County officials announced all Courts, facilities, and government offices will be closed Thursday, September 2, 2021 due to ongoing cleanup efforts related to damage and flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.
Because the Courthouse is closed, all in-person scheduled events will be rescheduled for another day by Chambers or Court Administration. If an event is scheduled virtually for today, it is up to the individual Judge whether to proceed as scheduled, or to reschedule the event.
The County's COVID-19 vaccination clinics and COVID-19 testing sites will be closed Thursday, September 2.
Residents are asked to observe the following precautions during power outages or other storm-related incidents:
- If you lose power during or after the storm, do not call 9-1-1 simply to report the outage. The County’s Emergency Communications Center will already be extremely busy with storm-related incidents. Call your local utility provider to report the outage, or utilize their website or mobile application:
- PECO: 1-800-841-4141 or https://www.peco.com/Outages/ReportAnOutage/Pages/default.aspx
- PPL: 1-800-342-5775 or https://www.pplelectric.com/site/Outages-and-Issues
- Met-Ed: 1-888-544-4877 or https://www.firstenergycorp.com/outages_help.html
- Always assume that all power lines are live, even if you lose power in your home or business. Never go near or touch a fallen power line.
- Never use a gas stove to heat your home. If you use candles for light, exercise extreme caution and never place them near combustible materials such as curtains or furniture. Battery powered candles or flashlights are much safer, especially if you have children or pets.
- If your power is out, keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed, which should keep food cold for about four hours. Be sure to dispose of any perishables (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, leftovers, etc.) that have been above 40° F for two hours or more.
- If you have a portable generator, never use it inside your home or even in a partially enclosed area. Generators, as well as gas and charcoal grills, produce Carbon Monoxide, which is an odorless, colorless gas that can kill you. Keep the generator far away from doors, windows, and air intakes.
- Never overload the generator or attempt to power your house by plugging it into a wall outlet. Both practices can cause electric shock or fire.
Montgomery County residents are encouraged to sign up for ReadyMontco text, call and email alerts
to get the latest storm updates. ReadyMontco is the County’s official source for notifications about emergencies, severe weather, crime alerts and disasters in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. ReadyMontco is administered by the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety and is free of charge (text messaging and voice rates may apply). Once subscribed, residents receive time-sensitive messages wherever specified, such as their home, mobile or business phones, email address, and text messages.