September is Family Preparedness Month in Iowa. This year, the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD), Safeguard Iowa Partnership (SIP) and Iowa Emergency Management Association (IEMA) are partnering to encourage Iowans to be more prepared for emergencies and disasters.
This year's Family Preparedness Month theme is "Pledge to Prepare," and HSEMD, IEMA and SIP are asking Iowans to pledge to take simple actions to help them be better prepared.
Actions can be as easy as setting up weather alerts on a mobile phone, assembling an emergency supply kit for a pet or holding a family meeting to discuss what members would do during an emergency inside or outside of their home.
Ben Shuberg, Cherokee County Emergency Management Director, states that "taking simple steps to prepare such as having an evacuation plan, or emergency kit ready, can go a long way. I also want to remind our citizens that we use a text notification system called NIXLE, and to sign up for it to receive alerts on your cell phone."
In addition to the evident benefits of being better prepared, those who take the pledge can also enter a contest to win great prizes.
There will be two ways to win: Families and individuals will be able to record and submit a video showing and telling how they are taking the pledge to prepare; and families and individuals will be able to enter the contest by submitting their written pledge.