Hurricane Sandy, billed by some meteorologists as the “Storm of the Century,” has proven how far we’ve come in preparedness in the last century.
Days before, I could see convoys of utility trucks and construction vehicles heading east where the most damage was anticipated.
There are still widespread problems and numerous tragedies, but practice and preparation meant that this century’s storm didn’t cause as much hardship as many storms from the past century.
That preparedness also means hardship for families of workers and volunteers who left this week to head to storm-damaged New Jersey. We appreciate their sacrifice and we understand that the next time it might be we who need the help.
Free Flu Shots for First Responders
The Centerville Clinics are offering free flu shots for first responders in Washington, Fayette and Greene Counties. Police, fire and emergency medical personnel can go to any of the 11 Centerville Clinic locations in the tri-county area during normal business hours to receive the injection.
First Responders should give the promotion code "CCI911" when registering at the clinic to receive the flu shot at no charge.
For further information please contact: Karen Spin, director of nursing at 724-632-6801 (ext. 2288) or Barry R. Niccolai, assistant executive director 724-632-6801 (ext. 2229).
Driver and Vehicle Deadlines Extended
PennDOT officials have announced that vehicle registrations as well as safety and emissions inspections scheduled to expire on Oct. 31, have been extended until Nov. 15. The expiration date for driver licenses and identification cards scheduled to expire between Oct. 26 and Nov. 15 have been extended until Nov. 15.
Help Locating Affordable Housing
Although this area was largely spared, anyone who may be displaced from their home due to damage from Hurricane Sandy can use an online housing locator to help them find affordable rental housing. The service is called PA Housing Search and there is no cost for using it. People without Internet access can call 1-877-428-8844 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Click here to find out more.
Insurance Companies Waive 'Hurricane' Deductibles
State officials have announced that Pennsylvania homeowners will not have to pay hurricane deductibles on insurance claims stemming from damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Some homeowner’s insurance policies have special “hurricane,” “tropical storm” or “named storm” deductibles based on a percentage of a property’s insured value. These deductibles typically range from one percent of a home’s insured value to five percent.
State Insurance Commissioner Michael Consedine said insurance companies have agreed to waive the deductibles to help speed recovery from the storm. Homeowners are still responsible for paying their standard homeowner deductibles for wind and storm-related claims, but they will not be hit with higher hurricane costs. If you have property damage, contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
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