Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is encouraging citizens to learn how to prepare for emergencies in September, which is also National Preparedness Month.
“This year, we’re offering ’30 Days/30 Ways’ guidance for people who perhaps survived significant flooding earlier this summer, or who weren’t impacted by it but want to make sure they’re ready for a possible emergency,” said PEMA Director Richard D. Flinn, Jr. “It can be overwhelming to get started, but these simple tips will get you on the right path.
“For example, take a moment to imagine that there is an emergency, like a fire in your home, and you need to leave quickly. What are the best escape routes from your home? Find at least two ways out of each room. Now write it down, and you’ve got the beginning of an emergency plan.”
Anyone who wants to participate can register to get weekly updates with helpful hints and tips to get them started on their journey to preparedness. At the end of the month, they’ll get a certificate of completion after filling out a brief survey about their experience.
This year’s theme for National Preparedness Month is “Disasters Happen. Plan Now. Learn How.” We are all able to help first responders in our community by training how to respond during an emergency and what to do when disaster strikes — where we live, work, and visit. The goal of NPM is to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, businesses, school, and places of worship.
Flinn said there are simple things you can take now to prepare your family and help your community after an emergency:
· Take a basic first aid or CPR class;
· Know how to turn off utilities in your home;
· Review insurance policies and coverage to ensure it is adequate for the hazards you may face; and
· Build up an emergency fund.
More information about how to prepare for an emergency, including specific information for people with access and functional needs or pets, is available on the ReadyPA webpage.
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