Gov. Tom Wolf signed a proclamation of disaster emergency in advance of a major winter storm to hit the commonwealth Wednesday into Thursday. In addition to freeing state resources and waiving normal procurement procedures, the proclamation frees the state Department of Transportation to use its resources, solely at the discretion of the Secretary of Transportation, to assist local governments in clearing public roadways. In a rare reach into local decision-making, the proclamation allows local governments to employ temporary workers, rent equipment, and enter into contracts and agreements as may be required to meet the emergency without following normal purchasing procedures. This does NOT preclude a municipal emergency declaration.
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The proclamation covers 57 of the 67 counties to include: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming, and York.