State's ReadyPA Campaign
The state’s ReadyPA campaign encourages residents to Be Informed, Be Prepared, and Be Involved.
 
Citizens should “be informed” by learning about types of disasters that could occur in their communities. Major interstates, large rivers and industrial facilities are features that present the opportunity for unique emergency situations.
 
The next step, “Be Prepared,” guides everyone to create emergency kits for their home, car and place of work. In addition to the basics such as non-perishable foods and water, be sure to include medications and any special supplies for children and pets. Familis should also create an emergency plan so everyone knows how they will communicate and where they should meet if a disaster occurs while they’re separated.
 
“The emergency kit and plan are among the most important elements of emergency preparedness,” said French. “Families should be able to survive without outside assistance for at least three days after an emergency has passed; and the confusion of an emergency is not the time to figure out where family members are and where and how you can reconnect with them.”
 
More detailed information on how the public can “Be Informed, Be Prepared, Be Involved,” including downloadable emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, is available online at www.ReadyPA.org or by calling 1-888-9-READY-PA.