Brief FAQ for folks new to Monroe County.
The Poconos actually takes in a broad area that includes parts of the surrounding counties but Monroe County is the heart of the Poconos and many resorts are located in our county. Main employers in the county are the Tobyhanna Army Depot, Sanofi Pasteur, East Stroudsburg University, Northampton Community College, Lehigh Valley Health Network - Pocono and St. Lukes Hospital Monroe. But this is still a tourist area with ski resorts, camps, campgrounds and in the past 2 decades or so several water parks. Hunting, fishing and water sports are big interests here. We also have a major NASCAR race track, Pocono Raceway ( poconoraceway.com ) in Long Pond ( which is really Tunkhannock Township ) and Mount Airy Casino in Mt Pocono.
Monroe County has a population of about 170,000+ people. County Government is run by a board of 3 County Commissioners and the county seat where the courthouse and County Administration Building is located is in Stroudsburg. Large areas of the county are state park land as well as the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area. Anyone who has lived here for a while is aware that we have some of the most pristine streams in the state.
There are no cities in Monroe County. There are the Boroughs of Delaware Water Gap, East Stroudsburg, Mt Pocono and Stroudsburg. These are like little cities with a Mayor and a Borough Council governing them. They tend to have city type services like public water and sewer. Most people here think they live in these municipalities but many don't. They just have mailing addresses that are for the post offices of Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg. Your actual municipality is the Borough or Township you pay property taxes to if you own a home.
The rest of the county is divided up into Townships which include: Barrett, Chestnuthill, Coolbaugh, Eldred, Hamilton, Jackson, Middle Smithfield, Paradise, Polk, Price, Ross, Smithfield, Stroud, Tobyhanna and Tunkhannock. These have a board of Township Supervisors or in the case of Pocono Township Township Commissioners. These Township areas tend to have fewer municipal services and you may have septic and a well for your water. When you lose electric which can happen during a storm, you will lose your water so have supplies of water and/or a generator for such instances.
POLICE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES.
Some areas have no local police. We rely on the PA State Police who have a barracks/station on 2730 Rimrock Drive in Hamilton Township ( 570-619-6480 ) covers Hamilton, Middle Smithfield, Paradise, Price, and Smithfield Townships in Monroe County. Also covers all of I-80 and I-380 in Monroe County and Delaware Water Gap Borough when Delaware Water Gap PD are off duty. and another in Tobyhanna Township at 127 Parkside Avenue, Blakeslee, ( 570-646-2271 ) covers Chestnuthill & Jackson Townships in Monroe County.
Delaware Water Gap Police ( 570-476-4674 ) covers Delaware Water Gap Borough on a part-time basis. PA State Police at Stroudsburg cover when Delaware Water Gap PD is off duty.
Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department pmrpd.com ( 570-895 - 2400 ) serves the communities of Coolbaugh Township, Mount Pocono Borough, Tobyhanna Township, Tunkhannock Township and Barrett Township.
Pocono Township Police ( 570-629-7200 ) covers Tannersville, Scotrun, parts of Bartonsville, Henryville & Swiftwater within Pocono Township.
Stroud Area Regional Police Department sarpd.com ( 570-421-6800 ) serves the communities of Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg and Stroud Township.
In an emergency dial 9-1-1. All Emergency calls are handled by the Monroe County Emergency Call Center monroeco911.com ( 570-992-4500 ) which is located at 100 Gypsum Rd in Hamilton Township.
Fire Departments are volunteer and are always in need of new folks to help train for emergencies. You can find a list of all fire companies in Monroe County on the Monroe County Emergency website - https://www.monroeco911.com/for-our-listeners/agencies/fire/
Ambulance services have designated coverage areas. When you call 9-1-1 the ambulance for your area will take you to the closest hospital that can best handle your needs. A list of all EMS providers are also found on the Monroe County Emergency website - https://www.monroeco911.com/for-our-listeners/agencies/ems-medical/
THERE ARE 2 HOSPITALS IN MONROE COUNTY.
Both are part of healthcare systems based in the Lehigh Valley.
Lehigh Valley Health Network - Pocono, lvhn.org/locations/lehigh-valley-hospital-pocono ( 570-421-4000 ) located in East Stroudsburg is the oldest, largest and those of us who have been here for more than 5 years probably still refer to it as Pocono Medical Center. They are a Level III trauma center with an extensive Emergency Department and they have the Dale and Francis Hughes Cancer Center that's a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance. They also have a full functioning Heart Program, the ESSA Heart and Vascular Center with diagnostic and interventional cardiac cath labs, cardiac rehab as well as open heart surgery program. Pocono is the only provider with obstetrics and NICU services.
St. Lukes Monroe Campus slhn.org/monroe ( 1-866-STLUKES ) is located in Stroud Township on Rt 611 near Bartonsville. It is a relatively new facility with a Level IV trauma center. They have an emergency Department as well as cardiac catheterization services.
THERE ARE 4 SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN MONROE COUNTY.
East Stroudsburg Area School District (ESASD) esasd.net ( 570-424-8500 ) which covers the Borough of East Stroudsburg, and the Townships of Smithfield, Middle Smithfield, Price as well as Lehman and Porter Townships in Pike County.
Pleasant Valley School District (PVSD) pvbears.org ( 570-402-1000 ) which covers the Townships of Eldred, Ross, Polk, Chestnuthill.
Pocono Mountain School District (PMSD) pmsd.org ( 570-839-7121 ) covers the Borough of Mt Pocono and the Townships of Tobyhanna, Tunkhannock, Coolbaugh, Jackson, Paradise and Barrett.
Stroudsburg Area School District (SASD) sburg.org ( 570-421-1990 ) covers the Boroughs of Stroudsburg and Delaware Water Gap and the Townships of Hamilton and Stroud