Are You Prepared for the Next Natural Disaster?

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In recent years, we have witnessed a heightened frequency of natural disasters across the world, including hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, and other catastrophic events. These disasters not only pose a significant threat to human life but can also result in the loss of property and create long-lasting psychological impacts on survivors. As Pennsylvanians, we may not experience extreme weather conditions as frequently as other states, but it is essential to prepare for the worst. In this article, we will explore ways to prepare for natural disasters and safeguard ourselves and our loved ones.

1. Create an Emergency Plan:
Having a plan in place can make all the difference in an emergency situation. Ensure that all members of your family know what to do in case of a disaster. Designate a meeting place and have the contact numbers for emergency responders, family members, and friends in your phones and written down on paper. If you have pets, ensure that they are included in the evacuation plan, and have their carriers and supplies ready to go.

2. Prepare an Emergency Kit:
An emergency kit can help you survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Essential items to have in your kit include non-perishable food items, water, first-aid supplies, a flashlight with extra batteries, a portable radio, blankets, and cash. One important item to have in your kit is a portable water filtration device. This will ensure that you have potable water to drink in case of an extended water outage.

3. Have a Backup Power Source:
During natural disasters, power outages are a common occurrence. Have a backup power source such as a generator or solar-powered batteries to keep vital appliances and electronics running. Remember to store additional fuel and keep it in a well-ventilated area to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

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4. Stay Informed:
Pay attention to official news and updates from the National Weather Service, local authorities, and emergency management agencies. This information will help you make informed decisions about evacuations, shelters, and the scope of the disaster. Sign up for emergency notifications via text alerts, email, or phone calls from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

5. Protect Your Home:
Take steps to protect your home from damage during a natural disaster. Secure windows and doors, trim trees, and branches that are too close to your house, and make sure your roof is secure. If you live in a flood-prone area, consider installing a sump pump or even elevating your home to protect it from floodwaters.

Natural disasters can happen at any time and leave destruction in their wake. While we can’t control the weather, we can take precautions to safeguard ourselves and our loved ones. Preparing for a natural disaster takes time and effort, but it is well worth it. By creating an emergency plan, preparing an emergency kit, having a backup power source, staying informed, and protecting our homes, we stand a better chance of weathering the storm. Remember, it’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared when it comes to natural disasters.

Check ready.gov/build-a-kit and fema.gov for additional resources. Remember to take steps to prepare for natural disasters and emergencies.

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