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Release Date: 1/7/15


 The Lancaster County Emergency Management Agency is urging all citizens to be safe over the next few days due to the extreme cold expected. Randall S. Gockley, EMA Coordinator is reminding citizens to avoid similar situations that occurred last year when hundreds of homes and businesses had frozen water pipes that broke resulting in millions of dollars in damages.

Now is the time for people to assure there is adequate insulation around exposed water pipes. This includes exposed sprinkler pipes. An easy way to prevent water pipes from freezing is to allow faucets to drip or to have a light stream of water running to avoid freezing.

In case a pipe does break, people should keep buckets handy to catch as much of the water as possible and know how to turn the water off to the area of the leak or to the entire home, if necessary. Tarps can be used to cover furniture if the leak is serious. If the pipe rupture occurs above another floor, remember the water will run down to the floor below. Emergency services can be called to assist to minimize damage.

The cold weather also creates an increased fire danger. Citizens need to use caution with the increased use of heating appliances. Woodstoves, fireplaces, portable electric space heaters have to be utilized safely making sure that combustibles are not within 36 inches of the stove or device. Cooking stoves should not be utilized as a heat source.

People also may plug in additional electrical devices for heat. Caution needs to be utilized to minimizing overloading circuits or causing an electrical short resulting in a fire.

The severe cold in January of 2014 created hundreds of extra calls for the Emergency Services in Lancaster County. Citizens are urged to follow the common sense recommendations listed to avoid a repeat during this cold spell.

End of release For additional information contact Randall Gockley 664-1200

 Pennsylvania Yellow Dot Program

Pennsylvania’s Yellow Dot Program was created to assist citizens in the “golden hour” of emergency care following a traffic accident when they may not be able to communicate their needs themselves. Placing a yellow dot in your vehicle’s rear window alerts first responders to check your glove compartment for vital information to ensure you receive the medical attention you need.

The program is a cooperative effort among the Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation, Health and Aging; the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and First Responders and local law enforcement.

How does it work?

Participants complete a personal information form, which includes the participant’s name, contact information, emergency contact information, medical history and medications, allergies and the participant’s doctors’ names. A photo – showing only the participant’s head and shoulders – is then taped to the front of the completed information sheet.

The yellow dot decal provided in the program kit is placed in the lower left corner of the participant’s vehicle’s rear windshield. The decal should be no higher than 3 inches from the bottom of the windshield. This decal alerts first responders that vital information can be found in the vehicle.

Place the completed information sheet, with the attached picture, into the Yellow Dot folder, and then place the folder into the vehicle’s glove box.

Brecknock Township has a supply of these Pamphlets at the township office. Feel free to stop by during our regular business hours Mon. – Fri. 9 am – 5 pm and pick up a copy.


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A King Charles Cavalier Tri-Colored – male.  Faded rabies tag, very friendly.  Dog was found in Fivepointville on August 26, 2014 in the AM.  Dog was taken to the SPCA, their phone# is 917-6979.

Please notify the township if this is your dog and you recover it so we can remove from the website.  Thank you.

Lab mix puppy – black approximately 10 months old.  4-white paws found in the area of 1600 block of Dry Tavern Road over the weekend of 8/10/13.

Male lab mixed with rotwieller or putbull. White around neck and paws.  Found in the square of Bowmansville 8/13/13.

Black lab mix, male, white paws.  Found the week of 8/6/13 Rt 897 & Stone Hill Road.

Please contact the township office at 445-5933 or Pete Martin, Dog Officer at
(717)989-3593 if you know who they might belong to or for more information.