The information contained on this web site has been compiled from the following sources:
- The American Red Cross
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA)
In preparing to deal with an emergency event, experts recommend:
- Create a Family Communications Plan.
Choose an out-of-town contact far enough away that they would be unlikely to be affected by the same event. Ensure that each family member has the correct phone number and email addresses of this contact and that they carry them on their person home, work, pager and cell numbers. Leave these numbers at your workplace and provide them to school officials if applicable.
- Establish a Meeting Place.
Select a predetermined meeting place away from your home, should you be required to evacuate or are unable to return to your home.
- Prepare an Emergency Kit.
If you need to evacuate your home or "shelter in place," prepare an emergency kit. The kit should include a first aid kit, a battery operated radio, a flashlight, spare batteries, bath towels, plastic garbage bags, duct tape, a county and surrounding area map, bottled water (at least 3 gallons per person per day), non-perishable food, medications, disposable face masks and eyeglasses. The kit should be able to sustain each member for a minimum of three days.
- School Emergency Plan
If you have school age children, review the emergency plan provided by your child's school.
- Family Pets
Be sure to include the care and maintenance of family pets in your plan.
If Disaster Occurs
In the event of a manmade or natural disaster, do the following:
- Remain calm and be patient.
- Follow the advice of local emergency officials.
- Listen to radio (KYW 1060AM) and television news for instructions.
- If the event occurs near you, check for injuries and summon help.
- If your home is involved, check for damage using a flashlight. Do not use matches, candles, or turn on electrical lights. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, shut off the main valve, open windows and get everyone out.
- Shut off any other damaged utilities.
- Confine or secure your pets.
- Call your family contact.
- Check on your neighbors, especially the disabled or elderly.
The "Do Nots" of Emergency Planning
- Do Not waste money on gas masks or bio suits. These provide limited protection or none at all depending on the agent used.
- Do Not hoard antibiotics or other drugs. Real deaths may result if others needing them were deprived.
- Do Not begin taking antibiotics - you may build up a resistance to antibiotic treatment.
- Do Not panic. Remember that the primary objective of such threats is to instill fear, increase stress levels, cause a sense of helplessness, vulnerability and disrupt your way of life.