House Approves Barrar Emergency Preparedness Month Resolution
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously approved House Resolution 841, authored by Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, to designate September as “Emergency Preparedness Month” in Pennsylvania.

“Advanced planning is one of the most important things people can do to protect themselves during an emergency,” said Barrar. “This entails making sure your family has enough food and water to last for three days, having an evacuation plan and knowing what actions to take during different disaster scenarios. I am hopeful this resolution will make people more aware of the need for emergency preparedness, which truly does save lives.”

Barrar noted that families should make it a priority to plan for emergencies, especially for family members who have special needs, including children, senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Experts encourage citizens to build a three-day emergency kit with these basic items: 

        • One gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation. 
        • Non-perishable food. 
        • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert 
            and extra batteries for both. 
        • Flashlight with extra batteries. 
        • First aid kit. 
        • Whistle to signal for help. 
        • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to 
        • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation. 
        • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities. 
        • Manual can opener for food. 
        • Local maps. 
        • Cell phone with charger, inverter or solar charger.

In addition, residents should know what threats Pennsylvania and their communities face. There are also specialized training and volunteer opportunities available so citizens can help others in their community during a disaster.

Barrar has been holding hearings throughout the state to discuss legislation he authored with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) to modernize the Commonwealth’s emergency preparedness and response laws.

“Not only is it vital for our federal, state and local governments to have emergency plans in place, but families also should be prepared in the event of a disaster,” said Barrar. “National Preparedness Month is great time for households to organize emergency kits, evaluate existing kits and put together a plan of action.”

More information about disaster planning and emergency kits is available at Barrar also posts information at

State Representative Steve Barrar
160th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Nicole Wamsley
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