A helpful resource in this recovery process might be our Negotiating the Networks guide. If you can't find what you are looking for give us a call.
Schools are opening soon.
Listed below are the main telephone numbers and links for area school districts:
Heat Related links
on what to watch out for during the extreme heat.
Centers for Disease Control has a Extreme Heat Prevention Guide, Tips for
Preventing Heat Related Illness and information about Heat Stress in the Older Adults.
Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off. Air conditioning is the strongest protective factor against heat-related illness. Exposure to air conditioning for even a few hours a day will reduce the risk for heat-related illness. Consider visiting a shopping mall, public library, senior citizen center or go to the movies for a few hours.
To locate a Farmer's Market in Pennsylvania, click here, you can search by the
name of market or the county the market is located in or nearest to your address.
2016 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition (Voucher) Program
This program was established in 2002 by the Federal and State Dept. of Agriculture to assist seniors in obtaining fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables and to increase sales and awareness of the farmers markets in the local area. In collaboration with Area Agency on Aging, the vouchers are distributed to eligible seniors statewide.
To find infomation about distribution of vouchers, click on the county you live in:
Warm weather means fair time, blow are links to fairs in our regions and the state web site that lists county fairs throughout Pennsylvania.
Northeast Fair, June 21 to 26, 2016
Lycoming County Fair, July 14 to 23, 2016
Troy Fair, July 25 to 30, 2016
Union County West End Fair July 31 to Aug. 6, 2016
Wayne County Fair Aug. 5 to 13, 2016
Clinton County Fair, July 30 to Aug 6, 2016
Tioga County Fair, August 8 to 13, 2016
Montour-Delong Community Fair, Aug. 7 to 13, 2016
Harford Fair Aug. 22 to 27, 2016
Northumberland County Fair, Aug. 24 to 27, 2016
West End Fair Aug. 21 to 27, 2016
Greene-Dreher-Sterling Fair Aug. 26 to Sept. 4, 2016
Sullivan County Fair, Aug 31 to Sept. 5, 2016
Wyoming County Fair, Aug 31 to Sept. 5, 2016
Luzerne County Fair, Sept. 9 to 13, 2016
McClure Bean Soup Festival & Fair Sept. 13 to 19, 2016
Beaver Community Fair Sept. 18 to 24, 2016
Bloomsburg Fair, Sept. 23 to Oct. 1, 2016
PA Fairs contains info and links to county fairs in Pennsylvania.
Summer Time FUN IN NEPA
CONTACT the local Visitor's Bureau's;
Bradford, Clinton, Columbia/Montour, Endless Mountain, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Pocono Mountains, Susquehanna River Valley, and Tioga.
VISIT a State Park or a National Park in Pennsylvania.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., Walk/Run at 9:30 a.m.
Timing and Scoring Done By:
Wyoming Valley Striders and Insta-Results
Pledges or donations of $25 per person is required to participate
Awards Party immediately following the race.
For more information click on the brochure on the right.
On line registrations is available at by clicking here.
For additional information call 570-823-5144 ext. 309.
I can't dial 2-1-1 from my work phone.Some phone networks or PBX systems that require a “9” or another outside line access code may need to be adjusted so you can dial 2-1-1. Most systems allow you to dial 9-1-1, but some may need to be changed for 2-1-1. Your telecommunications staff or service provider should be able to make this simple adjustment. You can also reach us by dialing 1-888-829-1341.
TEXT YOUR ZIP CODE TO 898211
On July 1, 2015 Help Line starting accepting texts for information and referral services. Text your Zip Code to 898211 to be connected to a Help Line caseworker. This is a free service provided by Help Line, message and data rates may apply. Click this link for a Times Leader newspaper story on texting at Help Line.
Storm information and preparedness.
For the latest weather warnings for the NEPA area, click here. Click on your county for the latest warnings and watches.
Be prepared and download the FEMA app for free on the App Store and Google Play. Learn what to do before, during, and after emergencies with safety tips & receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations anywhere in the United States. Features in the app include:
- Maps of disaster resources: Locate and receive driving directions to open shelters and disaster recovery centers.
- Apply for assistance: Easily access DisasterAssistance.gov to apply for federal disaster assistance.
- Custom emergency safety information: Save a custom list of the items in your family’s emergency kit, as well as the places you will meet in case of an emergency.
Help Line is updating our resources for a new database. If you want to be listed check our Inclusion/Exculsion criteria to determine your eligibilty for our database. Then click on this form to supply your information.
Juvenile Court Information
As a result of some of the past issues involving the juvenile court in Luzerne County a number of resources have been developed to make negotating the juvenile system easier. The Guide to Juvenile Court is a resource that is can be helpful in any county, the Targeted Resouce Directory lists resources for Luzerne County. The PA Commission on Crime & Delinquincy has announced programs that have recieved money from the Mericle Fund/Programs to Benefit Children of Luzerne County. For a list of programs click on this link for Mericle Funds.
In this economic climate, sometimes you need some assistance. There is often help available but you need to know where to turn. You can call Help Line twenty four hours a day for the latest information on available programs, or download this Guide to Negotiating the Networks for assistance.
Public Alert System
Luzerne County has launched a new public alert system that will send text messages and e-mails to residents regarding emergencies and weather warnings.
In addition to severe weather updates, the system will be used to send information alerts such as missing children, Susquehanna River conditions, emergency conditions at the PPL Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Salem Township and emergencies related to Marcellus Shale gas wells throughout the county.
To sign up for the alert notification service, click here.
2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember three-digit phone number that brings people and services together.
The essence of 2-1-1 is in its simplicity:
- 2-1-1 is for everyone and can be remembered by everyone.
- 2-1-1 is free and confidential.
- 2-1-1 makes the entire human services sector at every level of government work more efficiently.
- 2-1-1 has proven itself time after time as an invaluable resource in the aftermath of a disaster.
- 2-1-1 is the number to call to give help and to get help.
View a news story from WBRE on 2-1-1.
Additional information can be found at 2-1-1.
The PA Turnpike conditions can be reached at 1-800-331-3414, then choosing Option #2, then Option #92. The latest web information for the Turnpike can be found here.
Latest recall information from the FDA and Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Program all emergency and family contact information into your phone.
- Have a communications plan. Designate someone outside the area as a central contact.
- Keep batteries charged at all times, keep available extra batteries or a car charger in cases of extended power outages.
- Keep your phone dry and out of the elements.
- Forward your home number to your cell phone. Forwarding is done from the telephone companies central office, so your calls can be forwarded even if your land line is out of order.
- Use text messaging, which often will go through more quickly than a voice call.
- Keep non-emergency calls to a minimum and limit calls to the most important ones.
Red Cross Blood Drives
Donor Site - Luzerne County
NEPA Region Blood Services
Donor Site - Lackawanna County
208 Meadow Ave., Scranton
For latest blood donation information, check Red Cross NEPA Region Blood Services.
Geisinger Blood Center
For the latest blood donation site information and to make an appointment click here.