State of Iowa anounces new suspicious activity reporting campaign

 

DES MOINES - Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg today announced the launch of a campaign to educate Iowans on the importance of reporting suspicious activity.

 

confused man with cell phoneThe Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Iowa Department of Public Safety are partnering with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to promote the "If You See Something, Say Something®" campaign, which was created to educate the public on the importance of reporting suspicious behavior that could indicate terrorism or terrorism-related crime. The private sector, through the Safeguard Iowa Partnership, and local law enforcement, through the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association and the Iowa Police Chiefs Association, are also partners in this effort.

 

"There are things that we all can do to increase the safety of our communities, state, and nation," Gov. Reynolds said. "We are asking all Iowans to pay attention to their surroundings, and if they see something that looks suspicious, to report it to local law enforcement or call 911."

 

With the recent school shootings in Florida and other locations in the United States, the governor asked parents, students, school faculty and staff, and members of the community to be especially vigilant for signs of potential violence and to report it to school officials or law enforcement.

 

The "If You See Something, Say Something®" public awareness campaign will include radio public service announcements through 2018, along with sharing and reinforcing the suspicious activity reporting message with the assistance of private business and local law enforcement agencies, and through social media platforms. As part of this campaign, the Iowa Department of Education will work with campaign partners to expand its efforts to spread the message on the importance of reporting suspicious activity. The State of Iowa has partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for past campaigns that included "If You See Something, Say Something®" posters at the Iowa State Fair, statewide broadcast of radio public service announcements, billboards, bus signs, and community outreach through law enforcement.

 

"As we go about our days, going to work, school, shopping, traveling, if we see something out of the ordinary, something that shouldn't be there, or that someone’s behavior doesn’t seem right and causes suspicion, we should contact our local law enforcement agency or call 911," Lt. Gov. Gregg said.

 

For more information on Iowa's "If You See Something, Say Something®" campaign, visit saysomething.iowa.gov.

 

Prepare for emergencies

 

Emergencies 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, there we can prepare for them.

 

Loiza, Puerto Rico, Sept. 21, 2017. Diggers and small boats are being used to help people trapped in their houses due to the flooding, caused by Hurricane Maria. Loiza is a coastal municipality that got severely affected by the category 4 hurricane. Photo by Yuisa Rios/FEMA.Recent disasters have shown the importance of having an emergency supply kit and a family communication plan in place well in advance of any wildfire, storm, or flood. Emergency responders may be overloaded, or weather conditions may prevent help from reaching you right away.

 

You can do something right now in case the worst happens. What if you were trapped in your home and a blizzard or ice storm has knocked out the power in your county? What if power were unavailable in several counties, and downed trees and heavy snow prevented anyone from reaching you, or kept you from getting out to get the food, water, or other life-sustaining supplies you need?

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 (including your pets) for a minimum of 3 days, and it is recommended you have enough supplies for up to two weeks. 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. Get your family plan here.

  • Be Aware. Learn about the hazards that can affect your community, and learn how to get information about current weather and road conditions.