Wolf Admin To Residents: Prepare For Hurricane Season

Jeff Oravitz
July 31, 2020 - 9:50 am
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HARRISBURG, Pa (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency are reminding residents to prepare for peak hurricane season by having an emergency plan.

"It is essential that everyone take proper steps to be prepared as we near the peak of hurricane season,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Any actions to protect yourself from immediate threats to life safety should take priority, such as evacuating before a hurricane or tropical storm. Additionally, all COVID-19 protective action guidance should be followed as long as it does not slow response or cause greater harm.”

The administration says no matter where in Pennsylvania someone lives, they should prepare for tropical storm effects. Tropical storms bring high winds, heavy rains, lightning and flooding.

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PEMA says you should keep the following items stocked in a home emergency kit:

  • non-perishable food
  • bottled water (one gallon per person per day. A family of 4 needs a minimum of 12 gallons)
  • medications
  • flashlight with spare batteries
  • first aid kit
  • warm clothing
  • any specialized items such as baby supplies or pet food

In addition to these items, the administration suggests keeping an extra face mask for each person in your household since we're still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Families should take the time now to plan how they would communicate with each other during an emergency and meet up once the danger has passed,” said PEMA Director Randy Padfield. “Very few of us memorize phone numbers anymore, so everyone should have a paper copy of important phone numbers so you can contact loved ones from any phone. Then, practice your family plan, so everyone knows what to do, and you can work out any problems you encounter.”

Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.