The Wolf Administration is urging the public to consider how COVID-19 could change or alter emergency preparedness plans leading into summer, when facing the threat of severe weather that comes with warmer weather.
"The Atlantic hurricane season started just last week and while Pennsylvania doesn't often take a direct hit like coastal states, we face weather systems that can cause flooding or significant power outages," said PEMA Executive Deputy Director Jeff Thomas. "The reality of COVID-19 will change the way people plan for emergencies, and the time to think about those changes is now, not in the middle of an emergency."
Thomas said that families should review their emergency kits and plans. Emergency kits should be updated with COVID-19 necessities such as cloth masks, hand sanitizer, and medication. Additionally, if Pennsylvanians plan to host friends or family who evacuate their homes for any reason, they should consider the need for additional emergency supplies, and plan for physical distancing measures to protect family or vulnerable loved ones.