Public Education

Are you prepared?
Is your family prepared?
Is your business prepared?

Disaster can strike at any time.  It is important that you make disaster preparedness a top priority in your home and workplace, and you can do so by following these steps steps:

Be informed
Know how to get information about disasters:



NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio  - NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards(NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Working with the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Emergency Alert System , NWR is an "All Hazards" radio network, making it your single source for comprehensive weather and emergency information. In conjunction with Federal, State, and Local Emergency Managers and other public officials, NWR also broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards – including natural (such as earthquakes or avalanches), environmental (such as chemical releases or oil spills), and public safety (such as AMBER alerts or 911 Telephone outages).  The Lawrence County 9-1-1 Center has the ability to activate the EAS and weather radio system as well.


  

  https:/alert.pa.gov/

Lawrence County supports the use of the freely available AlertPA system.  Pennsylvania uses AlertPA to provide our citizens and partners with timely information to assist them in making informed decisions. AlertPA delivers emergency and weather alerts, health notifications, tax notifications, and updates to steer, guide and warn you on all your devices:

  • Email account (work, home, other)
  • Cell phone (via SMS)
  • Pager
  • Smartphone/PDA
When an incident or emergency occurs, authorized senders will instantly notify you using AlertPA. AlertPA is your personal connection to real-time updates, instructions on where to go, what to do, or what not to do, who to report to and other important information.

Know what to do, Know how to survive for the first three days of a disaster.


Be prepared
Have a plan.  Make a kit for your home, workplace and vehicle.
Visit FEMA's Ready.gov and PEMA's readypa.org for disaster preparedness tips and resources.
 


Be involved
Join or organize a Community Emergency Response Team.  Support a VOAD organization.

We also encourage citizens who have special skills that they can offer during a disaster to register with ServPA.  ServPA is a system that serves as a volunteer registry in the time of disaster.  By signing up for ServPA ahead of time, you can be called on in a disaster to assist in areas where your skills are valuable.  We encourage you to visit http://www.serv.pa.us/ for more details.