Bill Heaton | Emergency Management Coordinator
West Mayfield, Beaver Falls, and Eastvale make up a Joint Emergency Management Services organization (J.E.M.S.).
West Mayfield Borough is responsible for implementing, reviewing, and updating its own Emergency-Operating Plan (EOP), which delineates its responsibilities in the event of an emergency or disaster. When the Borough cannot provide specific support services, outside agencies such as the American Red Cross and Salvation Army are contracted through verbal and written agreements to provide the service needed.
The Emergency Operating Plan is reviewed by the Borough Emergency Management Coordinator and approved every 2 years by the FEMA, PEMA, and Beaver County Emergency Management. West Mayfield Borough Council then approves the Emergency Operating Plan.
Emergency Management oversees 4 basic phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. The Mayor and Council work very closely with the Borough’s Emergency Management team to provide the support that is needed to be effective in all phases.
Contact Bill Heaton if you would like to volunteer on our Emergency Management team.
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Get a kit, make a plan, and be informed
For more preparedness tips, go to www.ReadyPA.org. Not only is there valuable information there for individuals and families, but also businesses as well.
Get a kit, make a plan, and be informed
Get a kit: The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) “Ready” campaign and the American Red Cross recommend that individuals and families use the following list as a guide to make a “go bag” in case an evacuation is recommended. Each family is different, so tailor it to your needs:
- Radio – battery operated
- Dust mask
- Pocket knife
- Emergency cash in small denominations and quarters for phone calls
- Sturdy shoes, a change of clothes, and a warm hat
- Local map
- Some water and food
- Permanent marker, paper and tape
- Photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes
- List of emergency point-of-contact phone numbers
- List of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food
- Copy of health insurance and identification cards
- Extra prescription eye glasses, hearing aid or other vital personal items
- A list of prescription medications and some first aid supplies
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Extra keys to your house and vehicle
- Any special-needs items for infant, children, seniors or people with disabilities. Don’t forget to make a go-bag for your pets
Make a Plan:
Designate an out-of-area contact person. Try to select someone that is far enough away to not be affected by the same emergency. Provide this person with the names and contact information of the people you want to keep informed of your situation. Instruct family members to call this person and tell them where they are. Long distance phone service is often restored sooner than local service.
Duplicate important documents and keep copies off-site, either in a safety deposit box or with someone you trust. Documents may include: passport, drivers license, social security card, wills, deeds, financial statements, insurance information, marriage license and prescriptions.
Inventory valuables, in writing and with photographs or video. Keep copies of this information off-site with your other important documents.
Make a family communications plan. Involve all key people in planning.
Make your home safe. Put together a disaster supply kit. Plan to have supplies for yourself and your family for at least three days following a disaster.
When planning, consider the special needs of children, seniors, people with disabilities, family members that don’t speak English and pets.
A last word to the wise: “If a police officer or other emergency management official asks you to evacuate your home, it is for a very good reason – your safety is in danger. Please cooperate with these officials – we are here to help you.”