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Be Prepared All Year Long

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

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 September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States to educate the public on how to prepare for emergencies. Iowa’s Preparedness Month is sponsored each year 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).

“We all have a role to play in the preparedness of ourselves, our families, our communities, and our state,” said HSEMD Director Joyce Flinn. “While we can’t control the weather and its impacts, we can plan ahead so we know how to survive when emergencies and disasters occur.”

Thomas Craighton, president of IEMA and Hardin County Emergency Management Director, said that while local emergency managers help to ensure responders in each county are ready for emergencies and disasters, citizens have a role to play, too. “Disasters begin and end in our neighborhoods and home towns,” said Craighton. “It’s important that citizens take responsibility for their own preparedness.”

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 to 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 More Information can also be found at  (select the Readiness Tab) or on Facebook at and Twitter at hash tags #NatlPrep and #ReadyIA.

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