When adjusting your clock for Daylight Saving Time on November 2, the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management reminds you to refresh your emergency supplies and change your smoke alarm battery. Two years ago during Hurricane Sandy, many folks ran to the store on the days leading up to the storm only to find empty shelves of flashlights, batteries and other emergency supplies. If you are not prepared for an emergency, now is the time to "Get Ready!"
Every household should have a Go Bag to evacuate and a Shelter-in-Place Kit with at least a three-day supply of bottled water, non-perishable foods and essential medications set aside for each member of the family, including pets.
Take the time now to check your supplies:
- Make sure your radio and flashlight work properly.
- Check the expiration date of your extra batteries.
- Open your first-aid kit and look for expiration dates on the items, such as aspirin or any other medications in your supplies.
- Refresh your emergency supply of not-easily-perishable food and water.
- Review your Household Emergency Plan with the members of your household and update the emergency contacts, if necessary.
- Hold an emergency drill, like a home fire drill.
- Remember your pets – include them in your plan and refresh their emergency supply of food and water.
- Subscribe to ReadyNotifyPA, the region's emergency text and email alert system, and find out first in an emergency. The alerts are free but your wireless provider may charge for text message. Visit www.readynotifypa.org or text PHILA to 411911 to sign up.