Be Prepared For A Disaster

Keep Yourself Safe

Emergency situations happen whether you are ready or not. Floods. Fires. Bomb threats. Flu epidemics. The American Red Cross recommends three steps for the safety of your family:

Step 1) Have an emergency kit with essentials

  • Food
  • Water
  • First aid supplies
  • Pet food supplies

Step 2) Have a plan

  • Keep emergency supplies in stock
  • Outline evacuation procedures
  • Determine where to meet if separated

Step 3) Be informed

  • Know first aid
  • Know how to find information in the event of a disaster
  • Know emergency phone numbers

To learn more about how you can prepare for potential hazards, please visit the following websites for more information.

Local Resources

  • Ready.gov - Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed. An online resource that provides emergency disaster plans for children, families and businesses.
  • PA Department of Health - Download and print the Pennsylvania Emergency Preparedness Guide.
  • PEMA - Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

National Resources

  • American Red Cross - Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting people's immediate emergency disaster-caused needs. When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, and health and mental health services to address basic human needs.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency - A collection of resources filled with valuable information to prepare you and your loved ones for natural disasters. In addition, you'll find advice on protecting your property in the event of an emergency.
  • Ready for Kids - This Web site teaches youth how to ready themselves for a disaster, and how they can prevent disaster damage.
  • Friends of Animals - This resource provides disaster planning for pet owners.
  • NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Pandemic Planning - Offers information to help the public better understand the main concerns needed to prepare for, and react to, the potential risks of germ warfare and infectious disease.
  • Homeland Security - This Web site is part of the President's Disaster Management e-Government Initiative - a plan aimed at improving Disaster Management on a larger scale.
  • USGS - United States Geological Survey - An impartial science organization that studies the landscape, our natural resources, and the natural hazards that can disrupt our lives.

International Resources

  • World Health Organization - WHO is the global authority for health-related matters within the United Nations community. It provides leadership on international health issues.
  • Disaster News Network - Disaster News Network (DNN) is a news organization that reports disaster information and suggests appropriate ways the public can help survivors. It also facilitates information-sharing among disaster responders.
  • Relief Web - Relief Web is the world's leading on-line source on humanitarian crises and disasters. A self-governing medium of information, created precisely to aid the global community in successful distribution of disaster support, it provides reliable, updated information as it becomes available.
  • The Disaster Message Service - The Disaster Message Service (DMS) was developed to facilitate communication and provide information about world disasters. It continues to provide a central location for information on current emergencies and world disasters.
  • The UN International Disaster Page - This Web site identifies the risk factors of natural hazards as they relate to socio-economic and physical conditions.
  • Reuters Alertnet - Reuters AlertNet is a humanitarian information source founded to keep humanitarian professionals and the public current on catastrophes around the world.

Keep Your Finances Safe

Next to personal safety, the most important consideration for your well-being is to protect your finances. Finances are often overlooked in emergency plans. These basics can help maintain financial stability in the event of a disaster.

  • Know your employer's disaster plans:
    • Will you continue to get a paycheck in the event of an emergency or temporary shutdown?
    • Can you substitute sick pay or vacation pay if you are unable to work?
    • Is there any other type of employer-paid assistance available?
  • Have a financial emergency kit that includes:
    • Cash sufficient for food, shelter and transportation for three days
    • Travelers cheques
    • Change
  • Have an emergency fund with a reserve large enough to cover your bills for three to six months
  • Keep lines of credit available
  • Keep important documents in a secure but accessible location:
    • Driver's licenses
    • Birth certificates
    • Social Security cards
    • Insurance policies
    • Medical information
    • Financial records
    • Medical insurance cards
    • Prescription cards
  • Create an inventory of household belongings and keep your homeowners insurance up-to-date.

How is PSECU Prepared?

Our Plan Of Action

As your credit union, we take preparedness very seriously. Our policy is to maintain business continuity and leadership by example.

Business Continuity

  • We have a team trained in Contingency Planning and Incident Response.
  • With the growing concern over possible pandemics, we need to be prepared for a number of different scenarios, from a building disaster to a flu epidemic.

Leadership By Example

  • Our employees are encouraged to practice the personal and financial safety guidelines outlined on this page.
  • Your leadership team continues to learn how to be better prepared in the event of flu epidemics.