September is Preparedness Month in Iowa

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Gov. Kim Reynolds has proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Iowa.

 

Iowa's Preparedness Month is held in conjunction with National Preparedness Month, which was created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States to educate the public on how to prepare for emergencies. Iowa’s Preparedness Month is sponsored each year by the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD), the Iowa Emergency Management Association (IEMA), the Safeguard Iowa Partnership (SIP), and the National Weather Service (NWS).

 

Dare to be prepared for any kind of emergency during any time of the year.

 

Photo of a destroyed home in Parkersburg, Iowa, in May 2008Emergencies are a part of life. Fire, police, and emergency medical services may be delayed in an emergency or unable to respond. Whether it is 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. Get a checklist you can use to put together your own kit.

  • 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 get information about current weather and road conditions.