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“Resolve to Be Ready” for Emergencies in the New Year

January 03, 2022 03:55 PM

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​Without a doubt, many of our friends, families, and neighbors are turning their attention toward getting a fresh start in the new year. It remains important to “Resolve to be Ready” in 2022 by creating family emergency plans and emergency kits.

After a year of dealing with the effects of the pandemic, many Pennsylvanians could easily be feeling burnt out. But, having a plan and following it is the single, most effective way to ensure the safety of our loved ones.

Have a Plan

To create an emergency plan, you should:

  • Identify locations in both your community and in a nearby town, where you can meet loved ones
  • Identify an out-of-town contact everyone can check in with
  • Text or use social media to let others know you are safe and where you are
  • Have hard copies of lists of phone numbers and other important information such as doctor’s offices as well as copies of important documents
  • Practice your plan just like you would a fire drill

Have a Kit

A basic emergency kit should include enough basic supplies to support yourself and your loved ones for at least three days.

It should include:

  • One gallon of water per person per day
  • Non-perishable food and a manual can opener
  • Vital medical supplies, hearing aid batteries or other medical equipment and mobility devices you may need
  • Specialized items such as baby supplies and pet care products
  • First aid kit
  • Hand-crank or battery-operated flashlights and radio
  • Car cell phone chargers or battery pack
  • Special toys or supplies to keep children and pets occupied and busy

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is also a good practice to add these to your kit:

  • Extra masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfecting wipes

Learn More

Additional resources, including emergency plan templates and emergency kit checklists, are available online at

We also encourage social media users to follow PEMA at and @PEMAHQ on Twitter for timely emergency preparedness information.

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