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Horsham Prepares for Worst, Hopes for Best

Horsham Township plans to open its community center to house people displaced from Hurricane Sandy - should the tropical storm impact our area.

Even before the first hurricane-driven rainfall hits Horsham, the township's highway department was busy cleaning storm drains and inlets and placing barricades at "known flood locations," according to Gary Bissig, Horsham's emergency management deputy coordinator. 

As residents wait and wonder what will ultimately come of Hurricane Sandy - which is being dubbed as "Frankenstorm" - Bissig said he and the rest of the township's emergency management team is moving forward on a response plan.

The Horsham Township Community Center would be used as a "warming center" to house those displaced for up to a day. Beyond that, Bissig said individuals would be transferred to one of three shelters that would be established throughout Montgomery County. As a worst case scenario, Bissig said Hatboro-Horsham High School would be used as a shelter. 

"It's a pretty logical system," Bissig told Patch, adding that it does not require an emergency declaration to put sheltering plans in place. "We would be able to flip the switch in literally 10 minutes."

Beyond typical home emergency preparedness involving plenty of bottled water, non-perishable foods and battery-powered radios, Bissig suggested that residents register for the township's e-mail news alerts to stay up-to-date on shelter plans, road closures and more. To sign up, click here.

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