Is your family prepared for an emergency?
Delaware County Council offers free Preparedness Guide to all residents
Delaware County Council wants every household in the county to be prepared for any type of emergency, from an ice storm that knocks out power to a major accident that closes our highways.
Council partnered with the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) to publish a glossy, informative guide that details how to create an emergency supply kit, evacuation routes, emergency shelter locations, hospital information, key contact numbers and a guide for creating a personal family plan.
"The county has overall emergency plans that address manmade or natural disasters, but this Resource Guide is for emergency planning at the family level. The Guide lists items that each homeowner should have on hand, and should know in case of an emergency," said Councilman John McBlain. "Individuals are their own emergency managers for their homes or their businesses. Our goal is to help residents be better prepared, to prompt them to be educated and ready."
During September, which is national Emergency Preparedness Month, County Council and the LEPC are making the guides available through the 26 libraries in the county Library System, municipalities and at WAWA stores.
The LEPC is one of four branches that come under Delaware County Emergency Services, along with Emergency Communications such as 911, Emergency Management and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM).
The LEPC prepared the Guide to raise public awareness about the importance of personal preparedness. Individuals and families are encouraged to use the Guide to create an emergency plan and to stock crucial supplies in their home.
"The time to prepare for an emergency is before it happens. Knowing how to respond in an emergency is the key to minimizing the impact of that emergency," McBlain said.
The Guide provides information on how to respond to various types of emergencies and details under what circumstances people should "shelter in place" or evacuate. There is a list of items that should be included in an evacuation bag.
According to the Guide, people should "talk with your family about emergencies; what to do, how to find each other, and how to stay in contact during an emergency." There are also details for preparing pets for an emergency.
Individuals can also email their address to DelcoPR@co.delaware.pa.us to receive a copy of the free Emergency Preparedness Guide.
Make your personal emergency plan today
Delaware County Council declared September as Emergency Preparedness Month and urged residents to have their own personal emergency plan in place. The county's Department of Emergency Services makes a free Emergency Preparedness Guide available to all residents at local libraries and WAWA stores. Shown at the Emergency Preparedness Month recognition are, from left, John Bera, hazmat transportation coordinator; Ed Bebee, deputy director of Emergency Services; Larry Bak, deputy director of Emergency Services, Councilman John McBlain, Ed Kline, volunteer management coordinator; and back row, Council members Mike Culp, Vice Chair Colleen Morrone, Chairman Mario J. Civera Jr. and Dave White.