Be ready for severe weather

Governor Kim Reynolds has proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Iowa. 

September is a time of change for most residents as many are returning to school, developing routines and looking forward to fall. As summer fades it is important to remember this time can still be active for severe weather. There will also be increased agricultural equipment on the roads and in the fields, so slow down and use caution. 

Make sure to have your preparedness kits ready and available. A preparedness kit should include the items listed below. Make sure to review the contents of your kit periodically to make sure stored medicines are up to date. 

Your kit should include water and non-perishable food for each person to last three to five days; a first aid kit; money; battery-operated flashlight and radio, and extra batteries for each; extra clothing and bedding (including shoes); personal hygiene items; specialty items such as prescription medications, baby formula, diapers, and pet supplies; plates, cups, utensils, and a can opener; and copies of important documents such as driver’s licenses, birth certificates, insurance policies and financial information

During Preparedness Month, the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Iowa Emergency Management Association, the Safeguard Iowa Partnership, and the National Weather Service all urge Iowans to take simple steps to ensure they and their families are prepared. Those steps are to make an emergency plan, build an emergency kit, and be aware of hazards in your area. 

For more information on the three simple steps to preparedness, visit www.beready.iowa.gov. Information can also be found on Facebook and Twitter as @IowaHSEMD and using hashtags #NatlPrep and #ReadyIA.