GUEST BLOG: Start of Spring Brings Greater Risk of Flooding in Pennsylvania

By: Rick Flinn, Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency

April 02, 2016

“April showers bring May flowers…” so the saying goes. But spring rain also brings an increased risk of flooding in Pennsylvania.

The commonwealth is one of the most flood-prone states in the nation, which makes preparedness all the more important.

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Just a few inches of fast-moving water can knock someone off their feet, and one to two feet of water can sweep away most cars.

It’s important that you be aware of your risk of flooding – anyone living or working in flash flood areas should have several alternative routes for leaving and getting to higher ground, and practice traveling those evacuation routes.

April is a good opportunity to learn more about flood safety, create an emergency plan for your family, and create or check your home and car emergency kits.

There are plenty of resources available that can help you prepare your loved ones to deal with a flood or any other emergency. The commonwealth’s ReadyPA website has free emergency plan templates and emergency kit checklists.

Follow @ReadyPA on Twitter and like ReadyPA on Facebook.com/BeReadyPA for more emergency preparedness information. The free ReadyPA app is also available for both Apple and Android devices.

The time you take now could impact how you and your loved ones respond to an emergency, and could save a life.

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