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Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
Comprehensive preparedness requires the whole community to participate and FEMA places tremendous value on communities that embrace a local “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” approach. Neighbors Helping Neighbors empowers community leaders to involve and educate individuals from their community about simple steps one can take to become more prepared.
There are many ways to Get Involved especially before a disaster occurs, the content found on this page will guide you find ways to take action in your community. Community leaders agree the formula for ensuring a safer homeland consists of trained volunteers and informed individual taking action to increase the support of emergency response agencies during disasters. Major disasters can overwhelm first responder agencies, empowering individuals to lend support.
Household Hazardous Waste Events
October 14, 2017, 8:30-2:00
Northampton Community College, Main Campus, Bethlehem Township, PA
Use Green Pond Rd entrance only
Northampton County residents ONLY
Bring Photo ID or recent utility bill to verify residency
No cost, except for tires.
No TVs or other electronics accepted
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE ACCEPTED
Adhesives, Aerosols, Antifreeze, Automotive fluids & cleaners,
Batteries (all types), Compressed gas, Fluorescent light bulbs, Flammables/combustibles, Fire extinguishers,
Herbicides/pesticides, Household cleaners, Mercury-containing products, Motor oil/filters,
Oil-based paint & stain, Old gasoline/oil mixtures,
Pool chemicals, Propane cylinders, Thermometers, Thermostats
Non-hazardous materials will not be accepted
No latex paint or stains
No smoke detectors/radioactives
No medical wastes
Accepted Scrap Metals
Recycling of residential scrap, that is primarily metal, including lawn furniture, yard equipment (oil, gas & batteries removed),
major metal appliances (washer, dryers, stoves), air conditioners and dehumidifiers (refrigerant does not require removal, it will be recycled), etc.
No rims/wheels accepted (see scrap metal, above)
No farm, bicycle, mini-bike, motorcycle, golf-cart,
backhoe, etc. tires will be accepted.
National Preparedness Month
This September, National Preparedness Month (NPM) will focus on planning, with an overarching theme “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”
We should all take action to prepare! We are all able to help first responders in our community by training how to respond during an emergency and what to do when disaster strikes — where we live, work, and visit. The goal of NPM is to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school, and place of worship.
Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
How to Help Survivors of Hurricane Harvey While Making Smart Choices
Harrisburg, PA – As a tremendous number of people, businesses, and service organizations throughout the country begin collecting and donating goods and services to assist storm survivors in Texas, the Pennsylvania Department of State, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro want Pennsylvanians to know how they can best help and not hinder rescue and recovery efforts while also protecting themselves.
While donations of goods such as food and clothing are well-intentioned, unsolicited materials can overwhelm organizations that are tasked with helping survivors but are unprepared to store, sort and distribute large quantities of donated goods.
“This storm’s impact will be felt for years to come along the Gulf Coast,” said PEMA Director Richard D. Flinn, Jr. “Many people feel compelled to help those impacted by the storm, but please do so in a way that will truly help storm survivors, while also protecting yourself financially from those who might try to take advantage of your generosity.”
The most useful form of assistance is donations of money. Make check and credit card donations to well-established, charitable organizations that are assisting the flood relief effort. Monetary donations allow charitable organizations the flexibility to purchase items that are needed most, and, unlike material donations, entail no transportation costs.
All three agencies offered the following tips:
- Do not give to a charity you know nothing about. Call the charity or do some research on your own. Search the name online — with the word “complaints” or “scams.” Check with the Better Business Bureau.
- Do not donate over the phone unless you are familiar with the organization.
- For door-to-door solicitors, ask to see the person’s identification and consider avoiding them altogether. Do not feel pressured into giving and allowing someone into your house.
- Do not give credit card numbers, bank account numbers or other personal financial information over the phone. Never wire money to someone claiming to be a charity.
- Whenever possible, write a check payable to the charity so you have a record of your donation. Or make a donation directly through a legitimate organization’s secure website, rather than a third-party website.
- Don’t click links in unsolicited emails or on social media. Unless you previously donated to an organization, assume that an unsolicited donation request by email is a scam. Plus, links in emails or social media can unleash malware.
“It is a terrible thing to see the devastation that is occurring in Texas and throughout the Gulf region,” Secretary of State Pedro Cortés said. “As in any time of great need, generous Pennsylvanians are looking for ways they can help. We want to ensure their donations go to reputable organizations with a proven record of good service.”
Charitable organizations that solicit contributions in Pennsylvania must register with the department’s Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations if their gross annual contributions are more than $25,000. There are some statutory exclusions and exemptions to the registration requirement, for groups such as religious institutions, hospitals, and police, firefighter or veteran organizations.
To determine if a charitable group is properly registered, the public can search the Charities Online Database. The website also provides a list of organizations that have been subject to corrective actions taken by the Bureau. The public may also call 1-800-732-0999.
The Annual Charities Report online contains detailed information about charitable organizations registered in Pennsylvania and professional solicitors and fundraising counsels. For instance, the report outlines what percentage of every donated dollar goes to the charity and how much is charged by the solicitors or counsels for their services.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro noted the importance of protecting yourself while helping others.
“We care deeply about the victims from this terrible storm and want to help any way we can,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “We also want Pennsylvanians to be careful as they donate, and want to help them avoid the scam artists who always surface after natural disasters like this one. Our office is here to help you avoid being scammed.”
To file a complaint about any charity soliciting donations in the commonwealth, contact the Division of Investigations/Audits at 717-787-0700, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail at 401 North St., Room 212, Harrisburg, PA, 17120,
If you believe you’ve been scammed, call the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. 1-800-441-2555 or email at email@example.com.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Ruth A. Miller, PEMA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wanda Murren, State, 717-783-1621
Joe Grace, OAG, 717-574-9095
Are you ready for back-to-school season?
Check out the August 2017 issue of ReadyPA Monthly provided by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. PEMA has provided some great information to keep your family prepared as children head back to school.
ReadyPA Monthly August 2017