Beat the heat this summer


Heat is one of the most deadly weather phenomena. According to the NWS, in a normal year, more people die on average due to excessive heat than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined.


In Iowa, summer means two things: heat and humidity. Both combine to create conditions which tax the human body beyond its natural cooling abilities. Heat is a silent killer, and knowing the dangers of summer heat and how to prepare for it can save lives. Click here to find out more...


Read the HSEMD blog on heat awareness (June 5, 2014)


Are You Ready?


Photo courtesy Lone Tree ReporterEmergencies are part of life. Fire, police and emergency medical services may be delayed in an emergency or unable to respond. Whether it's tornadoes, flooding, winter storms or an act of terrorism, emergencies can occur quickly and without warning. Although we cannot prevent emergencies, we can prepare for them.





There are three simple steps you can take:

  • Build a kit. Your emergency supply kit should have everything you need to sustain you and your family for 3-5 days.
  • Make a plan. Knowing what to do in the event of an emergency is key. Make sure everyone in your family knows what to do.
  • Be Aware. Learn about the hazards that can affect your community, and learn how to obtain information about current weather and road conditions. Click one of the links to the left to find out more about specific hazards that affect Iowa.