Gov. Wolf stresses roles of PA Emergency Management Agency, National Guard in pandemic response
Gov. Tom Wolf today stressed the critical roles the Pennsylvania
Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and PA National Guard play in
coordinating the state’s preparedness and response to COVID-19. He was
joined at a press conference by PEMA director Randy Padfield and PA
National Guard Col. Frank Montgomery.
“Pennsylvania has a great team working behind the scenes to coordinate
our response to the coronavirus,” Wolf said. “I want to reassure all
Pennsylvanians that we are in good hands with the teams at PEMA and the
National Guard. The training and planning that they do year-round is
tested during exercises, and all of that experience is being acted upon
Along with the Department of Health (DOH), PEMA has been monitoring the
virus since January, establishing the DOH’s operations center at PEMA
before the virus was first detected in the United States.
PEMA’s Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC), typically used
only during weather emergencies, stood up full operations just a few
weeks later, supplementing planning and coordination efforts with staff
from dozens of state and federal agencies, and partners.
PEMA works with emergency management agencies in each of the state’s 67
counties to identify and eliminate potential issues by providing the
necessary guidance and support to execute their unique, local emergency
plans, including coordinating the community-based testing sites in
Montgomery County and more recently in Luzerne County in the northeast
with the PA National Guard.