“Even though you may not be able to control a disaster or stop it from happening, you do have control over how you will respond to one,” urges the ReadyPA.org website which is a great resource for families to get information on how they can be prepared to handle a potential emergency. When creating your family’s emergency plan, keep in mind the specials needs of children, seniors, and your pets. Print a Family Emergency Plan Template.
PHOTO ABOVE:A Philadelphia firefighter who declined to be identified walks to a subway stop to go to work during a winter snow storm in Philadelphia, early in the morning, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
“In an emergency, knowing what to do is your best defense. Start now by learning the risks, making an emergency plan and getting involved to help others. Don’t assume that the area you live in will not be affected by a natural disaster or terrorist attack. No matter where you live, it’s important to be prepared.” states the ReadyPA.org website, as part of plan a to keep our communities safe under the leadership of Governor Rendell and PEMA – Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.
Listed below are the 10 potential emergencies Pennsylvania residents should be informed about.
- Winter Storms
- Tropical Storms, Tornadoes and Wind Storms
- Influenza Pandemic
- Hazardous Material Incidents
- Earthquakes and Landslides
- Nuclear Threat
- Dam Failures
Sign up to be notified of an emergency event on your cell phone, email account, pager or blackberry through the Delaware County Council Alert System, Delco Alert. Being the first to know will help your family engage the steps in your plan to stay safe and healthy.
Print Governor Rendell’s Pennsylvania Emergency Preparedness Guide.
More from ReadyPA.org: “Get an Emergency Supply Kit
An emergency supply kit is a vital part of emergency preparedness. When a disaster happens, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer. Or, you may need to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Once the emergency happens, there won’t be time to go shopping or try to find and gather together all the essential items you will need. When disaster strikes, having an emergency supply kit ready will save you precious time and just might just save your life.
Because it may take several days for emergency services to be able to assist you in a disaster, your emergency supply kit should contain enough food, water and supplies to sustain you and your family a minimum of three days. Because you never know when or where an emergency will occur, you should also consider having a kit ready in your vehicle as well as where you work.”
According to the guidelines, a family of five should have 15 gallons of water on hand for emergencies – 1 gallon per person for 3 days.
Emergency supply kit item checklist:
- For Your Home
- For Your Vehicle
- For the Workplace
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