Pennsylvania’s Flooding Hazards & How to Prepare for Them

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Jeff Jumper, PEMA

Jeff Jumper is the Resiliency Program Manager within the Bureau of Recovery at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). Prior to moving to this resiliency role, Jeff was the PEMA State Meteorologist from 2015 until 2022. During his PEMA tenure, Jeff has helped to better prepare the agency and its stakeholders for weather hazards through forecasts, outreach, partnerships, and training.

Tom Hughes, PEMA

Tom Hughes is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s State Hazard Mitigation Officer (SHMO) with the PA Emergency Management Agency. As the SHMO, he is responsible for the revision of all 67 FEMA required county Hazard Mitigation Plans and 14 State System of Higher Education (state colleges) Disaster Resistant University Plans.

“I don’t live in a flood zone. Am I at risk?” The short answer is, yes. Anywhere it can rain, it can also flood. Did you know that 90% of the flooding that was reported to the National Weather Service was outside of the 100-year flood zone? Using an innovative flooding demonstration tool, representatives from the PA Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) will show you why it now floods in areas that might not have flooded before and what you can do to protect yourself and your belongings.

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