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All hands on deck ahead of winter storm

By Dwayne Parker, Reporter, DParker@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 12 2014 09:33:08 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 12 2014 11:03:55 PM CST

Multiple agencies will be joining forces so they can respond to any problems at a moment's notice.

READING, Pa. -

Officials throughout the region will be monitoring the path of Thursday's storm every step of the way.

In fact, multiple agencies across the state will be joining forces so they can respond to any problems at a moment's notice.

Governor Tom Corbett activated his State Emergency Operation Center.

"We're able to have extra resources to us including the Pennsylvania State police, the department of transportation, the National Guard, and other resources within the Pennsylvania emergency management agency," Corbett said.

Gov. Corbett is not the only official set to put in long hours monitoring Mother Nature.

Reading's mayor, Vaughn Spencer, says his Emergency Management Team will be operating right out of City Hall.

"The departments, police, fire, public works being there," said mayor Spencer. "People will be monitoring the situation so we know just where to go with issues."

The major issue will be clearing away all the snow.

Many municipalities in Berks County will have a full complement of crews out on the roadways.

Reading Public Works department will mobilize a small army of snow plow drivers who will work in 12-hour shifts to tackle the storm until it's over.

"We're going to go 24 hours a day because of the potential deeper snow, we may put some extra trucks on the road," said Ralph Johnson, director of Public Works.

Public Works also confirms that all public parking lots in Reading will be open and free of charge until four hours after the storm.