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BEACH LAKE –The PA Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) encourages every family in Wayne County to participate in the Ready PA 30 Days/30 Ways to be Prepared Campaign, during National Preparedness Month in September.
“We tend to think about emergencies as large-scale, catastrophic events that affect a large number of people,” said PEMA Director Randy Padfield. “But you are much more likely to be affected by smaller incidents that can disrupt your daily routine for a shorter period of time, so those are the types of things you need to be thinking about too.”
Much like a fire drill, knowing what to do in an emergency makes the situation a little less frightening for everyone. The goal of National Preparedness Month 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.
Wayne County Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Price said some of the emergencies experienced locally include thunderstorms, lighting, flooding, snow storms, ice storms, high winds, and tornadoes. Individuals and families need to be ready, since disaster often strikes with little or no warning.
“Prepared. Not Scared,” the theme for this year’s National Preparedness Month means assembling the basic resources you and your loved ones and pets may need in those first crucial days and hours after a disaster, including food, water, toiletries, medications, flashlights and much more.
To help Pennsylvanians be prepared, PEMA launches the Ready PA 30 Days/30 Ways Campaign. By signing up online you will receive a weekly e-mail with easy tips and tools to help you better prepare, along with the ReadyPA monthly newsletter.
The first week, it’s Ready 101 covering the basics of preparedness, followed by Ready 201 which branches out into other ways to prepare. In week three, the focus shifts to insurance and preparing for recovery, and finally learn ways to be involved and be the difference in your community.
At the end of the month, participants will be asked to complete a short survey about the “days and ways” most helpful to them. After submitting the survey, you will receive a customized Ready PA Team 30 Days/30 Ways certificate and be entered in the random drawing for a wind-up radio, flashlight, or phone charger.
Padfield said there are simple things you can take now to prepare your family and help your community after an emergency:
“Just as an emergency affects an entire community, the entire community is part of the solution when it comes to preparing for and recovering from an emergency,” Price explained, noting there are plenty of preparedness resources and specific information for people with access and functional needs or pets available at ReadyPA.gov.