- News & Events
Jennifer L. Long
Emergency Management Coordinator
P.O Box 380
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
TO: Columbia County Media Outlets
FROM: Columbia County Emergency Management Agency
DATE: August 15, 2018
TIME: 10:10 AM
SUBJECT: PRESS RELESE/Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC)
Columbia County EMA will be opening a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) for any individual/family affected by the recent flooding event. This MARC is available for ALL Columbia County Residents. The location will be the Benton High School in Benton Borough on Friday, August 17, 2018 and Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 10:10 A.M to 6:00 P.M. The following agencies will have a representative present for questions, concerns and to provide information:
The American Red Cross
Columbia County Agriculture Department
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA)
Columbia County Emergency Management Agency
Tri County COG Inspection Services
Other State Agencies
Residents are encouraged to attend and bring their completed Damage Assessment Forms with them. If you need a blank Damage Assessment Form, please contact you local municipality.
For questions, contact the Columbia County Emergency Management Agency at 570-389-5720
Town of Bloomsburg Residents who have flooded in the most recent event please proceed with caution before re-entering your home.When returning to your home: Do not enter your home if a notice has been posted by the Town of Bloomsburg’s Code Enforcement office. If you have any questions or immediate concerns regarding reentry to your property please contact the Code Office first via 570-784-7123 ext. 115 Check exterior first for damage before entering Do not strike a match or smoke in case of gas leak Open windows and doors to circulate air Take photos and call an insurance agent As a reminder before doing any renovation work, please contact the Code Enforcement Office at 570-784-7123 ext. 115 to obtain a building permit
Helpful Information from the Red Cross:
Repairing After A Flood
How to File a Flood Claim:
Flood Claim Guidance
Home Damage Loan Paperwork-SBA Loan Program:
Home Damage Paperwork SBA
(This is for any individual property owners within the Town to complete if you might want to request assistance from the SBA in the form of a low interest loan for home repairs)
For additional flood related information please go to the Flood Damage Reduction Information tab on the home page of the Town of Bloomsburg’s website: https://bloomsburgpa.org/main/flood-damage-reduction-information/
From: Roger Van Loan, Chief of Police
Date: Monday August 6, 2018
Subject: Main Street Parking Restrictions
The Bloomsburg Police Department wants to remind everyone the Bloomsburg Nationals Car Show is scheduled this weekend August 9 – 12, 2018.
The Bloomsburg Nationals Downtown Gridlock Parade is scheduled for August 9th 2018; 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Main Street, between Iron Street and Railroad Street, will be closed during this time. A detour will be in place where motorist will utilize East Street., E. 5th Street and Railroad Street to bypass the closed portion of Main Street.
No parking will be permitted on Main Street, between Iron Street and West Street, while Main Street is closed.
SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) has negotiated a group price for engineering/survey services to complete and issue FEMA Elevation Certificates to interested home-owners. This program is slated to end in July of 2020.
SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG), in cooperation with Pennsylvania Representative David Millard, has negotiated a group price for engineering/survey services to complete and issue FEMA Elevation Certificates for inter-ested homeowners in the Town of Bloomsburg who reside within the 100-year floodplain (Zone AE). The cost is $600.00, prepaid to SEDA-COG. There are no income restrictions applied to this program.
The National Flood Insurance Program has gone through significant changes with the 2012 Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act and the 2014 Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act. These reforms mean that policy holders with subsidized pre-FIRM or grandfathered rates may see premium rate increases until FEMA deems that the flood insurance cost is based on the true flood risk to that property.
Do you live in or near a floodplain and would like to learn about flood proofing actions you can take to reduce flood risk and decrease flood damages?
This is your chance to learn about different types of flood proofing techniques from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Nonstructural Committee. The flood proofing discussion will include topics such as elevating buildings, wet and dry flood proofing buildings, and relocation/acquisition. Federal and state agency representatives will be on hand to discuss grant programs that may be available to property owners to reduce their flood risk, as well as other floodplain management topics, such as the National Flood Insurance Program and Community Rating System.
When: August 15, 2018 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Where: Union County Government Center, 155 North 15th Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837 Registration is preferred but walk-ins are welcome.
Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flood-proofing-workshop-for-general-public-lewisburg-tickets-47813561650
For more information on flood proofing please visit the National Nonstructural Committee Website: http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Project-Planning/nfpc/
Questions about the Workshop? Contact Jason Stick, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at (410) 962-3475 or [email protected]
American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information: The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request to Jason Stick before July 31.
Flood Proofing Flyer
The admin/finance and public works committee meetings date for the month of August have changed! The admin/finance committee meeting that was originally scheduled for Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 10:00am will be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 9:00am and the public works committee meeting that was originally scheduled for Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 3:15pm will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 3:15pm.
****************BLOOMSBURG UNIVERSITY STUDENTS*******************
Any Bloomsburg University student who is a first responder (including fire fighters, fire police, police, EMT, constables, 911 call center operators, etc.) can sign up for CLE 211 First Responder. CLE stands for “Co-Curricular Learning Experience”, which recognizes that learning occurs many places, not just a classroom. Completion of the requirements of CLE 211 will earn each student one general education point in Goal 10 – Citizenship. There are three requirements: completion of their professional training, 40 hours of responding to calls, and a poster or oral presentation to share their experience with the community. Students can meet with Dr. Toni Bell (faculty advisor) for the CLE to make sure everything is going correctly and to get help with their project. There is no regular class meeting.
The CLE is 0 credits and does not add to their course load. No extra tuition to fees will be charged for this class. Students may repeat the CLE for 2 GEPs. The CLE will run fall and spring semesters. (if a need is expressed by students, summer semesters will be added.)
Interested students are welcome to call Dr. Toni Bell with questions or to add CLE 211 to their class list.
([email protected] or 570-389-4321)
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
50 E. Main Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
9:00am ‐ 3:30pm
Why Attend this Meeting?
Each year we hold the annual summer meeting of the NEPA Community Tree Association in a different community that
we showcase through an afternoon field trip. The summer meetings allow communities to network and learn from
each other, develop friendships and future partnerships. This year we are visiting Bloomsburg and touring downtown
and campus trees while learning about community tree management
Bloomsburg’s Community Forest ‐ Sylvia Costa, Bloomsburg Shade Tree Commission
TreeVitalize & Bare Root Tree Update
Trees and Sidewalks—Finding Solutions that Work
Contracting Tree Work—Saving Money and Avoiding Pialls
Learning from Local Programs ‐ Shade Tree Commission Panel Discussion
Tree Selection Exercise ‐ Selecting Tough Trees for Tough Sites
Walking Tour of Downtown Bloomsburg and University Trees
Meet and Network with others who are interested in Community Forestry.
Lunch will be provided by the Tree Association ‐ Tree Commissioners Must Register
To register for this program, contact Vinnie Cotrone at 570‐825‐1701 or
email [email protected] and provide the names of attendees.
We need you to register so we have a count for lunch!
The Town of Bloomsburg will be providing us with parking permits for your car windshield so we can avoid feeding meters for
street side parking. If you wish to obtain a printable permit before the meeting, email [email protected]
Campus map ‐ https://intranet.bloomu.edu/map
The Town of Bloomsburg, the only incorporated town in Pennsylvania, is located 40 miles southwest of Wilks-Barre, Pennsylvania. It has a total of 4.7 square miles and is home to more than 14,000 people. Along the Town, runs the mighty Susquehanna River. The Town of Bloomsburg has become unwillingly familiar with the river due to countless flooding events. As far back as 1902, the town has been recording the levels of flood water that have majorly impacted the town. In 2011 when Tropical Storm Lee caused flooding that reached record high levels of 32.75 feet and it turned the town upside down. This heart wrenching event caused an estimated $100 million dollars in damages to the town’s people. People lost priceless valuables such as pictures, jewelry and other sentimental items that can never be replaced. Homes were washed off their foundations. Vehicles were damaged beyond repair. The iconic Bloomsburg Fair was cancelled for the first time in history. Local business Autoneum, sustained over $60 million in damages. Since the historic flood of 2011, Bloomsburg Town officials have been working diligently to create measures that can prevent that amount of damage again. The Town of Bloomsburg has been working with SEDA-COG to build a floodwall around the outside of town to prevent floodwaters from entering the town. Over 100 homes, 30 businesses, the Bloomsburg’s Fire Department, the Bloomsburg’s Public Works Department, and the Bloomsburg Area Middle and High Schools will all be served by this project. The anticipated cost to fund this project is $17 million. The Town of Bloomsburg will be using $10.2 million of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds to pay for the project’s costs. Bloomsburg Area Middle and High School will
The Town of Bloomsburg participates in the National Flood Insurance Program developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Bloomsburg became part of the Community Rating System (CRS) in 1993.
What is CRS? — The Community Rating System is a voluntary program for National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) participating communities. The goals of the CRS are to reduce flood damages to insurable property, strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the NFIP, and encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management.
Bloomsburg is one of only 29 communities in Pennsylvania currently active in the CRS program. Bloomsburg’s community identification number is 420339. This identification is important, as it allows any insurance agent that sells federally backed flood insurance policies to automatically apply a discount to the policy.
How does this benefit Town residents? — The Communities classification is based upon the credit points calculation. Currently, the Town of Bloomsburg is a Class 8 in the CRS program, which provides a 5% flood insurance policy discount to anyone in the Town and specifically, all policies for properties that are in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), receive a 10% premium discount. This applies to only NFIP policies, not private insurance policies.
FOR COMPLETE LISTING OF FLOOD INFORMATION: WWW.BLOOMSBURGPA.ORG CLICK THE FLOOD DAMAGE REDUCTION BUTTON ON THE TOP RIGHT.
This message is part of the Town’s Flood Task Force program for community outreach. Get informed on how flooding in Bloomsburg can affect you. Check out the flood information available on the Town website www.bloomsburgpa.org