Types of Disasters That Happen in PA

It is important to know about the types of disasters that could happen around you. Sometimes disasters can cause a threat to your safety. One way to keep yourself safe is to be prepared for disasters. This resource will help you understand what types of threats can happen and where to get more information about how to be prepared.

Natural Catastrophes:

  • Fire
  • Winter weather
  • Thunder and lightning
  • Extreme heat
  • Tropical storm
  • Tornado
  • Influenza and pandemic
  • Severe wind
  • Earthquake
  • Landslide
  • Drought
  • Power outage
  • Flood
  • Dam and water threat

Human-Caused Events:

  • Hazardous material incident (Hazmat)
  • Active shooter
  • Nuclear threat
  • Terrorism

Learn more!

This collection of social stories explains how to be prepared for threats that can happen during disasters and what to do if you experience one

Social Stories

This page from Ready PA provides information about types of disasters, how to be prepared, and what to do if you are faced with one of these emergencies

ReadyPa Website

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.