September is Preparedness Month in Iowa

September is Preparedness Month in Iowa

Governor 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).

 During Preparedness Month, HSEMD, IEMA, SIP and NWS are urging Iowans to take simple steps to ensure they and their families 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

 “Preparedness Month is a perfect time for everyone to create or review their emergency plans, both at home and at work,” said Wright County Emergency Management Coordinator Jim Lester. “The short time it takes to educate families and employees about potential hazards could make a big difference during a crisis situation.”

 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 an effort to educate the public on how to prepare for emergencies.

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