Emergency Management

Lower Swatara Township provides the residents with Police, Fire and Ambulance protection. These services are ready to respond to your emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We take pride in knowing our community is safe all day, every day.



1499 Spring Garden Drive
Middletown PA 17057

Phone: 717-939-9377

  • Robert Furlong, EMA Coordinator     Email
  • Daniel Tingle, Deputy EMA Coordinator Email

The Lower Swatara Emergency Management Agency integrates with police, fire-rescue, EMS, and public works during major emergencies and disasters to coordinate the multi-agency response. The EMA operates from the municipal Emergency Operations Center at 1499 Spring Garden Drive for major disasters or from a mobile unit for smaller events.


Pennsylvania Consolidated Statues require each political subdivision of the Commonwealth to establish and staff an emergency management agency. The Lower Swatara Township Board of Commissioners has enacted a resolution and developed an Emergency Operations Plan to provide for the protection of persons and property in Lower Swatara Township.



The personnel in the departments providing emergency and routine services within Lower Swatara Township are highly trained and equipped to respond to the events occurring in our municipality. Although most people would hardly consider a building fire or vehicle accident with injuries "routine," the Lower Swatara Fire Department responds to building fires and vehicle accidents on a daily basis. The Lower Swatara Police Department's "routine" patrols can change into a life or death event in seconds. Emergency Medical Services personnel "routinely" respond to medical emergencies and trauma many times each day. The Lower Swatara Public Works Department works each day to maintain the quality of our infrastructure, and is frequently required to go above and beyond the call of duty during long-term events such as during a winter storm. In spite of the extreme nature of many of these "routine" activities, the people serving Lower Swatara Township professionally and competently handle them on a routine basis.



When a large-scale disaster occurs, however, it involves all of our agencies working together. The Lower Swatara Emergency Management Agency is activated and coordinates the response under the direction of the Township Commissioners. The EMA will be active during floods, severe winter storms, nuclear power plant emergencies, major transportation accidents, or any other disaster or large-scale event.

The EMA coordinates notifications and warnings, resource dispatch, and provides logistical support in a disaster and organizes evacuation activities if warranted. Following a disaster, the EMA performs damage assessment activities to assist in securing state and federal disaster assistance for the affected area.




The EMA staff mans an Emergency Operations Center located in the municipal building that contains the information, communications systems, and support equipment needed to assist the various departments and agencies in the coordination of their activities. The Emergency Management Agency staff consists of the following positions.
  • Township Commissioners
  • Emergency Management Coordinator and Deputy
  • Communications Officer and Deputy
  • Police Services Officer and Deputy
  • Fire and Rescue Services Officer and Deputy
  • Emergency Medical Services Officer and Deputy
  • Public Works Officer and Deputy
  • Radiological Officer and Deputy
  • Public Information Officer and Deputy
  • Emergency Operations Center Security
  • Support Staff
The Emergency Managements Agency participates in mitigation, planning, response, and recovery activities for Lower Swatara Township. The Lower Swatara Emergency Management Agency is part of the team of professionals dedicated to serving the people of the township during emergency conditions.



Believing "it can't happen here" has no survival value.

Every household should have an emergency kit and a plan. Although your professional emergency services will do everything possible to assist you in an emergency, large scale events will overwhelm even the best trained first responders. The more prepared and self-sufficient you are, the better you and your family will fare in an emergency.



TMI Area Preparedness

TMI Area Preparedness (Spanish)



Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:
  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Tool kit with wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit (as applicable):

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, bank account records, and medical information in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book and information from www.ready.gov
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding for cold weather months.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing for cold weather months.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper. When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe, or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children


Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. Develop a Family Communications Plan

Know how to contact members of your family during and following an emergency. Keep in mind that telephones, including cellular telephones may be ineffective during a large-scale emergency.


  • Determine an out-of-town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town.
  • Use the out-of-town contact to receive status information from your family members so that their safety and location can be obtained.
  • Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has coins or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact.
  • You may have trouble getting through, or the telephone system may be down altogether, but be patient.
  • Communicate your status to the American Red Cross. Family members should be able to check you status from any other Red Cross facility.
  • Know Where to Get Information and What to Expect
  • The more you know, the better you'll be able to protect yourself and your family.
  • Learn about your municipality's emergency plan in advance.
  • Learn about your children's school or day-care emergency plan in advance.
  • Learn about your employer's emergency plan in advance.
  • Review the front section of your telephone book for emergency information.
  • Purchase a battery powered AM-FM radio and batteries and a weather-alert radio and batteries to receive official Emergency Alert System information
  • Share information, but not rumors with your family and neighbors.
  • Research the web sites listed below.

Know What To Do

  • Doing the wrong thing may be more dangerous than doing nothing at all.
  • Have a family meeting place if the emergency (such as a fire) affects your home.
  • Know what steps to take if directed to shelter-in-place.
  • Know what steps to take during an ordered evacuation, where to go, what route to take, and how to get there. This information is available in all area telephone books.
  • Take a first aid and CPR course.

Additional information may be obtained from:

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.ready.gov. Click on "Ready America."
  • American Red Cross at www.redcross.org. Click on "Preparedness."
  • Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency at www.pema.state.pa.us. Click on "Pennsylvania Emergency Management Guide."
  • Department of Homeland Security at www.dhs.gov.


November 12

7 PM

MS4 Informational Mtg. for residential property owners

Mtg. to be held at LS Fire Dept., 1350 Fulling Mill Rd., Middletown

November 13

7 PM

Zoning Hearing Board

November 20


Board of Commissioners Legislative Mtg.

November 21

7 PM

Planning Commission Mtg.

November 25

7 PM

Municiapl Authority Mtg.

7:30 PM (or upon conclusion of the 7:00 mtg.)

Joint MS4 Mtg. of the Board of Commissioners and Municipal Authority


November 28, 29

Thanksgiving Holiday





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