Meteorologists are predicting that Pennsylvania will be greatly impacted by Hurricane Sandy if current models prove accurate. According to the National Weather Service (NWS) the storm will reach Pennsylvania beginning on Sunday and last through Wednesday, with the heaviest impact occurring late Monday through Tuesday/Wednesday. Moderate to heavy flooding can be expected in addition to power outages and downed trees.
The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) has been engaged with the National Weather Service (NWS), state agencies, and County Emergency Management Agencies (EMAs) to prepare for this storm. The PUC has also been in contact with the utilities so that they are prepared for the storm and have the necessary resources available to restore power as quickly as possible from any power outages.
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PEMA is urging residents to prepare for the threat of a hurricane by making sure everyone has an emergency kit in their home and car, and an emergency plan for taking care of each other in the event this storm brings its full destructive potential to our state.
Families should prepare for two scenarios in the event of severe weather: to remain in their homes during the duration of a storm, or to evacuate if it is recommended or ordered by local authorities.
Residents should always have enough provisions in their homes to last at least 72 hours. Disaster preparedness supplies to have at the ready include:
• Flashlights and extra batteries.
• Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries.
• First aid kit and manual.
• Emergency food and water.
• Non-electric can opener.
• Essential medicines/prescriptions.
• Cash, credit cards and important legal documents.
• Sturdy shoes.
• Food and water for pets.
If residents are ordered by local officials to evacuate, they should do so without hesitating and should take important documents with them, including:
• Driver’s license.
• Credit card information.
• Birth certificates.
• Social Security cards.
• Other forms and documents proving ownership/identity.
For more information on how to make a disaster supply kit and how to prepare for all kinds of emergencies, visit www.readypa.org or call 1-888-9-READYPA (1-888-973-2397).
In addition, remember to check in on any elderly neighbors who may need assistance and remember never drive into low-lying areas or over roads and bridges that are already under water. Just a few inches of moving water can sweep away the average car. Remember – TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.