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Harrisburg, PA September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance are encouraging citizens to take steps to prepare for emergencies and ensure that their homes, businesses, and property are adequately insured.

“We all have a role to play in helping our families prepare for emergencies, because the more prepared we are, the less strain we see on local emergency responders and the faster our communities can recover,” said PEMA Director Randy Padfield.

September is when Pennsylvania faces the highest risk of flooding due to hurricanes and northeast winds this time of year.

Padfield said: “The areas devastated by Hurricane Ida last year are still recovering from the flooding and the damage it left behind.”

PEMA is encouraging citizens to get involved and take action to prepare for these and all hazards by participating in September. Get Ready, Start, and Check! event as part of NPM.

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Michael Humphreys is encouraging homeowners to prepare for hurricane events by purchasing flood insurance to cover their homes and businesses. Most homeowner’s and renter’s insurance policies do not cover flood damage.

“Too often, we hear from people who have experienced the pain of severe hurricane damage and discovered that their flooded homes and property were not covered by their homeowner’s insurance,” Humphreys said. “Where it rains, it can flood – but very few homes have flood insurance in Pennsylvania. We encourage you to review your listings to make sure you are protected against hurricanes, consider purchasing flood insurance, and reduce your family’s risk.” yours is your home.”

Flood insurance can be purchased through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the fast-growing private market, regardless of where you live in a designated area.

This year’s NPM theme is, “A Lasting Legacy. The life you build is worth protecting. Prepare for disasters to create a lasting legacy for you and your family.” The goal of NPM is to increase the number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in planning in their homes, workplaces, businesses, schools, and places of worship.

“The idea of ​​quick emergency preparedness can seem overwhelming,” Padfield said. “But if we recognize potential threats early and prepare as much as possible, even a little planning can make a big difference in how we react and recover from emergencies.”

Anyone who wants to participate can registration for easy – yet important – steps to get started and track your progress with Ready, Set and Check! card. At the end of the month, students will have the opportunity to fill out a short survey about their experience and be entered into a random drawing to win a Ready PA Preparedness Starter Kit.

Padfield said there are simple, low-cost or low-cost steps you can take to prepare for emergencies and protect everyone you love:

  • Create a family emergency plan so loved ones know who to contact and where to go in an emergency;
  • Access to weather information;
  • Find out how to turn off the appliances in and around you; and
  • Subscribe to Ready PA’s monthly newsletter for additional tips to prepare throughout the year.

Resources for buying flood insurance are available in the same section of Insurance Flood Insurance page. The department also has measures to deal with after a hurricane that causes flooding and damage, including After the Storm a booklet that can guide homeowners in filing insurance claims and tips to avoid repair gossip, and information about Social Changers.

The Department of Insurance will hold a road show in September in honor of National Preparedness Month and educational events across the Commonwealth to highlight the importance of purchasing flood insurance and driving after a flood.

More information on how to prepare for an emergency, including information for people with access and their needs or pets, is available at Ready PA page.