Sep. 20, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) 

September is National Preparedness Month and with Hurricane Ida having recently left a path of damage across Pennsylvania, it is an appropriate time to remind everyone to always have an emergency plan in place.

“Prepare to Protect” is the theme of this year’s National Preparedness Month, which aims to increase the overall number of individuals, families and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, businesses, schools and places of worship.

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency recommends the following preparedness tips:
  •   Take a basic first aid or CPR class.
  •   Create a family emergency plan so loved ones know who to contact and where to go in an emergency.
  •   Have a small kit of emergency supplies in your home and car.
  Know how to turn off utilities safely in your home.
  •   Review insurance policies and coverage to ensure it is adequate for the hazards you may face.
  •   Purchase flood insurance.
  •   Build up an emergency fund.

More information about how to prepare for an emergency is available on the Ready PA website at

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
717-260-6136 /