National Preparedness Month -

National Preparedness Month 2013 - Tip of The Day

September 3

Take a moment to imagine that there is an emergency, like a fire in your home, and you need to leave quickly. What are the best escape routes from your home? Find at least two ways out of each room. Now, write it down - you've got the beginning of your family's emergency plan. Visit for templates you can use to create an emergency plan for you and your loved ones.

Previous Tips

September 1

If you've seen the news recently, you know that emergencies can happen suddenly in communities just like yours, to people just like you. Disasters like major flooding, widespread wild fires, tornado outbreaks or earthquakes can either trap you in your home or force you to flee quickly.

We should all be prepared to make it on our own for at least three days during an emergency by following these three easy steps:

  1. Get a Kit: Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for you and your loved ones - things like bottled water, foods that won't spoil, a first aid kit, extra medicines, flashlight, battery-powered radio and extra batteries.
  2. Make a Plan: Work together with loved ones, trusted neighbors, co-workers and others on an emergency plan.
  3. Be Informed: Learn about the disasters that are most likely to occur in Pennsylvania, how to prepare for them, and what to do if disaster strikes your area.

Visit for sample kits, plans and other preparedness information.


September 2

Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1 or your local Emergency Medical Services number for help. Post these and other emergency telephone numbers by every telephone in your home. Visit for fun emergency preparedness information for children.