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September is Preparedness Month in Iowa


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


"This past summer's severe weather and flooding are a reminder that disasters can, and do, happen in our state and that is why I have proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Iowa," said Reynolds. "I am asking Iowans to take steps now to prepare themselves, their families, their places of business, and their communities for any emergency."


Preparedness Month is sponsored 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). 


"Disasters begin and end in our neighborhoods and home towns," said IEMA President Dave Wilson. "Local emergency managers help to ensure emergency responders in each county are ready for emergencies and disasters. It’s important that citizens take responsibility for their own preparedness as well."


During Preparedness Month, HSEMD, IEMA, and SIP are urging Iowans to take simple steps to ensure they, their families, and their places of business are prepared. Those steps are make an emergency plan, build an emergency kit, and be aware of hazards in your area. For more on the three simple steps to preparedness, visit the Ready Iowa website.


"The creation of an emergency plan for your business or family sounds like an overwhelming task to many people but, in fact, there are a number of free resources available to help you get started," said SIP Executive Director Dutch Geisinger. "Preparedness Month in Iowa is a perfect time to put your ideas on paper and help educate your family or your co-workers."


National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Kelsey Angle stresses that now is the time to develop and practice a plan before severe weather strikes. "Knowing what action to take at home, work, school, in a vehicle and places in between could save your life when severe weather threatens. Planning and preparing for the impacts of weather is critical to building a Weather-Ready Nation."


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. 


Preparedness Month information can also be found on HSEMD's Facebook page and on Twitter, using the hash tags #NatlPrep, #PlanAhead, and #ReadyIA.


For more information on the other Preparedness Month sponsors, visit their websites:

The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management leads, coordinates and supports homeland security and emergency management functions in order to establish sustainable communities and ensure economic opportunities for Iowa and its citizens.