Emergency Management

Wayne County Emergency Management Agency

43 Volunteer Drive
Honesdale, PA 18431-1996
Phone: (570) 253-5970 ext 4220 or (570) 253-1622
Fax: (570) 253-2943

Steven Edward Price – DIRECTOR
Debra Doyle – Administrative AssistantOffice Hours: 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

OUR MISSION STATEMENTProvide planning, training and resources in program of preparedness, prevention, response, recovery and mitigation of all hazard emergencies that affect the people, property and environment of Wayne County, Pennsylvania.


Associated with the Emergency Management Agency is the Wayne County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). This group carries out the provisions of the Hazardous Material Emergency Planning and Response Act 1990-165 and the Community Right-to-Know Act 1986. The above are to protect and safeguard the public from the health hazards and risks associated with the storage, use, distribution, and transportation of designated hazardous materials.

Emergency Planning

Every home and business should be ready for any type of Emergency. Here at the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency we would like to help you and your family get a step closer.

Just some of the Emergency’s that we see in Wayne County are, thunderstorms, lighting, flooding, snow storms, ice storms, high winds, and tornadoes.

We do have flyers that are FREE at the Wayne County Emergency Operation Center located at 43 Volunteer Dr. Honesdale Pa. 18431 that anyone can stop by and pick up.  You can also get this information for FREE on Emergency planning, Please go to www.ready.gov .

Basic Emergency Preparedness Kit

  1. Water (at least one gallon daily per person)
  2. Food (enough for 3 to 7 days) – REPLACE FOOD NOVEMBER 1STANNUALLY
    • Non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices
    • Consider special needs (infants and elderly)
    • Snack foods (dehydrated fruits, etc.)
    • Non-electric can opener
    • Cooking utensils and fuel
    • Paper plates and Plastic utensils
  3. Blankets and Pillows, etc
  4. Extra Clothing (seasonal, rain gear, boots)
  5. First aid kit, medicines, prescription drugs
  6. Toiletries, hygiene items, moisture wipes, bottled hand sanitizer
  7. Flashlight (keep batteries separate until needed)
  8. Battery operated radio (keep batteries separate until needed)
  9. Cell Phone (keep fully charged during threat period, extra batteries if available)
  10. Cash and credit cards (banks and ATM’s might not be available for a while)
  11. Toys and books to keep children occupied
  12. Important documents (keep packaged and available to take with you on short notice)
  13. Tools
  14. Pet Supplies (food, water, shot record, carrier or cage, leash)

Prepare & Share

WHO: Every Family in Wayne County

WHAT: Make up an Emergency Preparedness Kit: Kit kept in your home until needed or November 1st of each year then all Non-perishable food items in the kit are donated to the Wayne County Pantry Program to go to needy families to assist during the holiday season and you restock your kit with fresh items.

WHERE: Food should be donated to the Wayne County Pantry Food Program. Contatc Wayne County Pantry Board at 570-253-4646.

HOW: Follow the “Basic Recommended Emergency Prepareness Kit” below to create your emergency kit.  Gather supplies now and mark your calendar for the Prepare & Share program starting November 1st of each year.

Caring is Sharing

Note: This program is not intended to replace the existing Wayne County Pantry Program, only supplement it.  Certainly, the Wayne County Pantry will continue to accept any and all donations. 

Hazard Mitigation Planning

Hazard mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. It is most effective when implemented under a comprehensive, long-term mitigation plan. The county engages in hazard mitigation planning to identify risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters, and develop long-term strategies for protecting people and property from future hazard events. Mitigation plans are key to breaking the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage.

Developing hazard mitigation plans enables the county to:

  • Increase education and awareness around threats, hazards, and vulnerabilities;
  • Build partnerships for risk reduction involving government, organizations, businesses, and the public;
  • Identify long-term, broadly-supported strategies for risk reduction;
  • Align risk reduction with other community objectives;
  • Identify implementation approaches that focus resources on the greatest risks and vulnerabilities; and
  • Communicate priorities to potential sources of funding.

Moreover, a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan is a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for mitigation projects. Ultimately, hazard mitigation planning enables action to reduce loss of life and property, lessening the impact of disasters.

Wayne County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update March 2016 (base)

2015 Haz-Mit Resolutions

Emergency Guides

The Occupational Safety and Environmental Health Agency (OSHA) requires every business with more than ten (10)  employees to write an emergency action plan. In order to help your business comply with these regulations, the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency has provided the following emergency planning guides for child care centers, personal care homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and schools:

Child Care Centers:

Personal Care Homes, Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities:

School Districts:


Wayne County Emergency Management has been certified from the National Weather Service  o be a Storm Ready County.

NOAA weather radio FREQUENCY is 162.5500. Use this frequency in your scanner to get weather reports and alerts of upcoming storms 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

We would like for everyone in the county to be safe in the weather events. Being prepared is the key to being safe. Please make sure you have an emergency preparedness kit in your home and in your car.


Wayne County frequently gets heavy rains, especially from the remnant of hurricanes and tropical storms. Please remember to avoid roadways that have been flooded by the rain and if you see a roadway flooded: Turn Around Don’t Drown.