The Wolf Administration is promoting emergency preparedness during National Preparedness Month with new tools

Harrisburg, PA – September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance are encouraging citizens to take steps to prepare for emergencies and ensure that their homes, businesses and belongings are adequately insured.

“We all have a role to play in preparing our families for emergencies because the more prepared we are, the less strain we see on local emergency services and the faster our communities can recover,” said PEMA Director Randy Padfield.

September is also the time when Pennsylvania experiences a higher risk of flooding due to hurricane and tropical storm activity in the Northeast at this time of year.

“The recent flooding in Kentucky is a sobering example of how quickly disasters can be a stark reminder of the difference between life and death, and how overwhelming and long the recovery process can be,” Padfield said. “Communities that were devastated by the remnants of Hurricane Ida last year are still recovering from the horrific flooding and destruction it left behind.”

PEMA encourages citizens to get involved and take extra steps to prepare for this and all emergencies by participating in September’s Ready, Set and Check! event as part of NPM.

Acting Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Michael Humphreys is urging homeowners to prepare for potential storms by purchasing flood insurance to cover their homes and businesses. Most standard homeowner’s and renter’s insurance policies do not cover flood damage.

“All too often we hear from people who have endured the pain of significant storm damage, only to find out that their flooded homes and belongings were not covered by their homeowners insurance,” Humphreys said. “Where it rains, it can flood – but there are too few homes with flood insurance in Pennsylvania. We urge you to review your coverage to ensure you are financially protected from storm damage, consider purchasing flood insurance, and mitigate the risk to your family and your home.”

Flood insurance policies can be purchased through both the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the rapidly growing private market, regardless of whether you live in a designated flood zone.

This year’s NPM theme is “A Lasting Legacy. The life you’ve built is worth protecting. Prepare for disasters to create a lasting legacy for you and your family.” NPM’s goal is to increase the total number of individuals, families, and communities who participate in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school, and community. for worship.

“The idea of ​​proactively preparing for emergencies can seem overwhelming,” Padfield said. “But if we recognize potential threats early and prepare as best we can, even a little preparation can make a big difference in how we respond and recover from an emergency.”

Anyone who wants to participate can sign up to get easy – but important – steps to get started and track progress with Ready, Set and Check! card. At the end of the month, participants will have the opportunity to complete a short survey about their experience and be entered into a random drawing to win a PA Readiness Starter Kit.

Padfield said there are simple, inexpensive or free steps you can take now to prepare for emergencies and protect everyone you love:

  • Create a family emergency plan so loved ones know who to contact and where to go in an emergency;
  • Sign up for weather alerts;
  • You know how to safely turn off utilities in and around your home; and
  • Sign up for the monthly Ready PA newsletter for additional preparedness tips throughout the year.

Resources for purchasing flood insurance are available on the Insurance Department’s One Stop Flood Insurance page. The department also has resources on what to do after a storm that causes flooding and damage, including the After the Storm brochure, which can guide the property owner in filing insurance claims and tips on avoiding repair scams, as well as information on public regulators.

The insurance department will host a road show in September in honor of National Preparedness Month with educational events across the country to highlight the importance of purchasing flood insurance and dealing with the consequences of severe weather flooding.

More information on how to prepare for an emergency, including specific information for people with access and functional needs or pets, can be found on the Ready PA website.

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