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Pennsylvanians urged to increase emergency preparedness

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Jan 6, 2013 8:23 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- In the wake of superstorm Sandy and serious flooding from other hurricane systems, Pennsylvanians are being urged to increase their readiness in the new year.

The state Emergency Management Agency's "resolve to be ready" campaign focuses on preparing for hurricanes, floods, snowstorms and other disasters.

Spokeswoman Ruth Miller says having a communication plan should be a priority for families.

"You want to make sure you know where can we meet within our community, where can we meet outside our community, how will we meet, who will we talk to, and how will we make sure we can let each other know that we're okay, even if we can't speak to each other on the phone," Miller says. "We often ecourage families to have an out-of-town contact."

Miller says people should update their disaster plans at least once a year.

There's a blueprint on the PEMA Website.

The agency also has checklists for items that will likely be necessary for a number of emergencies.

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