September is Preparedness Month
SEPT. 1, 2016 - Governor Terry E. Branstad has proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Iowa.
“Unfortunately disasters can and do happen in our state and that is why I have proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Iowa,” said Branstad. “I am asking Iowans to take the necessary steps 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 Doug Reed. “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 www.beready.iowa.gov.
“National Preparedness Month is the perfect time for Iowans, at home and at work, to create or review their emergency plans,” said SIP Executive Director Dutch Geisinger. “The few minutes it takes to educate your employees and your families could be the difference between success and failure during a crisis situation.”
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 an effort to educate the public on how to prepare for emergencies.