Emergency Management Agency

About the Department

Emergency Management is the judicious planning, assignment and coordination of all available resources in an integrated program of prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery for emergencies of any kind, whether from attack, man-made, or natural sources.

Department Services

Bradford County’s fifty-one local municipalities have Emergency Management Agencies. The County Emergency Management Agency assists the local municipal emergency management agencies in developing their Emergency Operation Plans, provides training for the local emergency management coordinators, and when more than one municipality is involved in a disaster or emergency, provides direction.

The County Emergency Management Agency also coordinates with the State and Federal Emergency Management Agencies during times of disaster or emergencies.

The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is also under the jurisdiction of the County Emergency Management Agency. The LEPC is comprised of members of the local SARA Title III Planning Facilities, other facilities that have chemicals, fire, EMS, police, and local government officials. The LEPC is responsible for maintaining the Facility Off-Site Response Plans. The LEPC collects $50.00 per chemical and $100.00 for each response plan. This money is used to provide training to local emergency responders and equipment for response to hazardous materials incidents. Bradford County has sixteen Planning Facilities.

Bradford County is a member of the North Central Counter Terrorism Task Force which includes six other counties: Clinton, Lycoming, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga, and Union. The mission of the Task Force is to foster cooperation and facilitate preparation among officials and agencies in the seven counties in order to safely recognize, respond to and manage situations resulting from terrorist activity, as well as provide assistance to other regions in mutual aid situations.

The National Weather Service and State Officials declared Bradford County a Storm Ready County on November 3, 2000, under a nationwide program to help communities guard against the ravages of severe weather. Bradford County has gained the skills necessary to survive severe weather, both before and during the event.

Director of Public Safety

Jeff Scarboro:

Jeff Scarboro is the Director of Public Safety. He began his career with Bradford County in July of 2016 as the Director Veteran Services. Jeff worked in the Energy Industry in Bradford and surrounding counties for 7 years. He also worked on the PennEast Pipeline in Bethlehem, PA and with Virginia Power and Electric near our nation’s capital. He was as Field Representative for a local Natural Gas Company for nearly five years.

Jeff served in the US Air Force from 1985 through 1995. He was stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base, MO, Clark Air Base, Philippines, Shaw Air Force Base, SC and finally at Fort Huachuca, AZ. During his military career, he was deployed on multiple emergency response missions including major earthquake relief in the Philippines, an accident involving two downed F-16 aircrafts and Hurricane Andrew. Upon separation from the service, Jeff was responsible for Security, Fire and Rescue at the Nissan Motor Plant in Smyrna, TN.

He then began a 12 year career working in healthcare at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Texas where, as Department Director, his responsibilities included managing two departments and developing, implementing and training Emergency Management. This role included developing policies and training for all hospital staff. These programs included the National Incident Command Systems. He also developed, trained, participated and led the Level A, Bio-Terrorism Decontamination Team. Three specific events occurred requiring the implementation of the facility emergency procedures which included total lockdown of the hospital for extended time frames (Hurricanes Rita and Katrina and the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster). The facility’s plans and protocols were designed to protect hospital staff and patients. The overall program received “Best Practices” commendation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital Organizations during Tri-Annual Inspections for written policies and implementation of Emergency Management.

Jeff and his wife, Terrie, own a home in Towanda where Terrie operates Magic Touch Piano Studio, providing in-home piano lessons to the community.

Emergency Management Office

Sarah Neely:

Sarah Neely is the Emergency Management Coordinator. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard where she serves in the 193d Special Operations Civil Engineering Squadron as an Emergency Management Specialist. Sarah started her career in Emergency Management in 2001 while serving on active duty in the Air Force and was assigned to the 99th Civil Engineering Squadron out of Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas Nevada.

Sarah has been active with the Bradford County EMA. She provided countless hours as a member of the EOC where she participated in Full Scale and Tabletop exercises. Sarah has also been a Canton Borough EMA staff member since 2013 and is currently working on her FEMA professional level qualification training. She graduated from the University of Maryland University College in 2014 & 2015 with her Associate’s Degree in General Studies and Bachelor’s Degree in Homeland Security, respectively.

She moved to Bradford County in late 2002 with her family after leaving active duty Air Force. She is currently a resident of Canton, PA where she resides with her husband Brett and five children, William, Michael, Mariah, Patrick, & Hannah.

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Contact the Department

29 VanKuren Drive Suite 2
Towanda,PA 18848
Phone: (570) 265-5022

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