Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald declared a countywide disaster emergency this afternoon due to the potential for storm damage from Hurricane Sandy.
Under the declaration, the county can use all available resources and personnel to deal with the emergency. The declaration also waives the normal bidding and contracting procedures to allow for a quick response.
Greene County commissioners also declared a state of emergency.
The storm is expected to bring several inches of rain and high winds beginning this afternoon, increasing the possibility of flash flooding and downed power lines in the next two days. Mr. Fitzgerald recommended residents pay attention to conditions around them and be prepared in case they become involved in an emergency situation.
"Residents should have enough provisions to last at least 72 hours because help from emergency responders may not be immediately available when severe weather strikes," Mr. Fitzgerald said.