PEMA Offering '30 Days/30 Ways' For National Preparedness Month

The program seeks to help homes establish a plan in case of emergency

Shelby Cassesse
September 05, 2018 - 3:23 pm

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - September is National Preparedness Month, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is offering their '30 Days/30 Ways' program to help citizens be more prepared if disaster strikes.

Those interested in participating can sign up for free at ReadyPA's website. Once registered, they will receive weekly emails throughout September containing helpful hints and ways to form a plan in case of emergency. Those who fill out a survey at the end of the month will receive a certificate of completion. 

PEMA Director of External Affairs Molly Dougherty says even small steps to be more prepared will make a big difference in the event of an emergency like a fire or flood. 

"The better prepared they are, the quicker a community is able to recover. Houses get damaged, people get hurt, communities lose their businesses, and if we can highlight on ways that people can own their safety, and do it before something happens, then we're all better off." 

The goal of National Preparedness Month and '30 Days/30 Ways' is to increase the number of overall individuals, families and communities that take action to be more prepared. 

Dougherty says not only can being prepared in your home help you and your family, but also your community and first responders. 

"When people are able to take those really simple steps before something happens, it allows first responders to be able to address some of the issues that are created from the storm. They may not be able to get to your home for a few days. This allows first responders to be able to deal with clearing the roads, being able to deal with other stuff that's cropping up so they can stabilize the incident. It ensures that communities stay safe while they're waiting for everything to settle down."

PEMA suggests taking small steps to become more prepared for an emergency such as locating the best escape routes from your home, finding two ways out of each room and reviewing insurance policies.