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Emergency Weather: Preparation Makes the Difference

Did you know that September was Emergency Preparedness Month? Disaster can come in the form of flooding, hurricanes, fire, tornadoes or even earthquakes here in Pennsylvania. Although we cannot predict every emergency, we can prepare for unexpected emergencies now. This past month, I met with Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) Director Flynn and State Fire Commissioner Solobay to learn more about emergency preparation. You can watch our conversation and learn more here.

Senator Haywood
Senator Haywood on Emergency Preparedness
Senator Haywood on Emergency Preparedness

Over the next few days, it is possible we may experience the effects of Hurricane Joaquin. Whether the impact in our community is large or small, we can use this weekend as an opportunity to get prepared for emergency weather that could hit sooner or later.

Here are some basic ways you can be prepared:

Put together a Home Emergency Kit that includes:

    • One gallon of water for each family member for three days
    • Three days of food for each family member
    • A battery-powered radio and extra batteries
    • A flashlight and extra batteries
    • A first aid kit
    • Sturdy shoes and heavy socks
    • Extra clothing and blankets
    • Rain gear
    • Cash – in case ATM’s are not functioning
    • Personal hygiene items
    • Non-electric can opener
    • Medications (one week’s supply)
  • Stay on top of local emergencies by downloading the ReadyPA app for your SmartPhone and visiting or listening to National Weather Service updates on the radio
  • If a storm is approaching, fill up your vehicle’s gas tank and remember to bring in any yard items that could be picked up by the wind (bikes, chairs, etc.)
  • Close windows and doors during a storm, turn your refrigerator/freezer to the coldest setting and unplug small appliances
  • Do not travel on flooded roads during a storm
  • If you are in need of shelter, please call the American Red Cross at (215) 299-4889

For more information on how to prepare, download the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Preparedness Guide here.

Preparing for Cold Weather Challenges

Winter Coat Drive Managing cold weather can also be a challenge, and Fall is a good time to prepare for the months ahead. My office can help you obtain assistance in paying your heating bill this winter through a program called LIHEAP. While funds are not available until November 2nd, you can apply today.  Please stop by one of my offices, and we will be happy to assist you.

Some of our neighbors do not have winter coats to stay warm as temperatures cool down. You can help. Faith Fellowship International Center in Willow Grove is holding a “One Warm Coat” winter coat drive. Community members can deliver clean and gently used coats to their office at 1666-68 Easton Road on Thursdays between 5 and 8:30 PM.

Want to start your own winter coat drive? Feel the Warmth is a local non-profit that will work with you to organize a drive or find a drop-off location for winter coats.

Dare to care,

Art Haywood
State Senator
4th District

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Interns develop hands-on skills with senator – The Philadelphia Tribune

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