The very first step of Preparedness is with you & your family. When a disaster strikes, you must act to protect yourself and your family. When the disaster is outside of the scope of what you or your family can handle, local government responds. When municipal governments need help, they contact & coordinate with the county. When the county needs assistance, they first go to their regional partners and then to the state. If the disaster is of a magnitude that state resources aren't enough, the State Governor can request that the U.S. President declare a disaster. Very few disasters reach this magnitude.
Well before emergencies strike, simple steps can be taken to prepare a family, school, workplace or community for any type of incident that would disrupt the day-to-day-routine. Citizens are encouraged to visit Ready.PA.gov to find sample checklists, contact lists and other preparedness tools to take advantage of before an emergency occurs. In particular, people should think about loved ones who may have special needs that could inhibit their ability to help themselves.
Please check the websites below for Weather Updates & Warnings. When severe weather is anticipated, also check local Television & Radio Stations for updates.
Weather Ready Nation weather.gov
Weather Underground wunderground.com
Winter Safety & Preparedness weather.com
Note: Alerts will appear on your Cable TV Channels, but may not appear on Satellite TV Channels unless you subscribe to the "Local Channels", via your provider.
Every individual & family is advised to have a plan, should disaster strike. This plan should include a place to go if you have to evacuate or if you cannot get back to your home. A plan on how you would Shelter-in-Place in your home. Your plan should also detail how you will communicate with other family members, so that you know that they are safe & where they are located. Remember, disaster will not always happen when you are all at home. Your children may be at school, you could be at work, or running an errand.
Register a Household Profile with the local 9-1-1 Center so they can provide faster and better response in the event of an emergency at your home. Those with special medical/cognitive needs should certainly consider registering. This service is free.
You may visit eriepa.safetown.org/registration/ to register your household.
What is "Preparedness"?
Preparedness is the phase of emergency that deals with planning, organizing & equipping, training, exercising and evaluation. What emergency management & the community as a whole do, in the months and years before a disaster, have the greatest impact on determining our success or failure during a disaster.
What is "Recovery"? Recovery is the process of getting the community back to normal after a disaster. The 2 phases of recovery are short-term & long-term. Short-term recovery would be finding those displaced by a disaster temporary housing, while long-term recovery would be having homes with extensive damage re-built or repaired.
Please note: Emergency Management is not responsible for doing all functions, but rather is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the agencies/organizations that are responsible for these services.
What should I do in advance of Disaster?
Evaluate the strength & stability of your home before disaster strikes.
Pay particular attention to your roof, shutters, windows, doors & garage doors. Don't forget to check the trees near your home, for signs of dying limbs which could result in hazardous flying objects in high winds.
Place important documents in a secured lockbox you can easily reach. Make a contact list for family & friends, and plan ahead for at least 3 days without power or running water. Keep a list of possible contractors you'll want to contact after a disaster has passed, and review your home insurance policy for coverage details.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) strongly urges homeowners to maintain an emergency kit with enough supplies to sustain for up to 72 hours. Please click here for kit details.
What happens when a Disaster is imminent?
In Corry, the emergency siren will go off. Residents should immediately seek further information. Get to a TV or radio quickly for public service announcements. It is anticipated that eventually both EBHC and Wattsburg Hose Co. will also activate an emergency warning siren.
If you have time to plan ahead for dangerous weather, take further steps to secure your home.
Bring lawn furniture & other outdoor objects inside to prevent them from becoming flying projectiles. Items too dangerous or large, such as propane grills, should be tied or chained down securely.
Fill your vehicle's fuel tank & park it either in the garage or well away from trees or branches that might fall.
If you need to report damage or require disaster recovery assistance, it must be reported/requested via your municipality (township, borough, city).