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Posted on: September 13, 2021

Preparedness Steps for Your Family



Natural disasters can happen at any time, anywhere and to anyone.

Be Aware

September was National Preparedness Month but if you haven't had time yet to prepare, take the time now for your family's sake. The best way for community members to prepare is to first understand their risk and take action in advance of an emergency.  Make A Plan and Build A Kit to be prepared for whatever comes your way. 

We also encourage you to sign up to receive community and weather alerts for Jasper County. Text JASPERIA to 67283 to receive alerts or visit By promoting Smart911 and encouraging community members to give emergency responders details about their household, their location and description of their home and notes like emergency contacts and medical conditions, they are providing information that can save valuable time during an emergency.

Step 1 Make A Plan

             You and your family may not be together when an emergency happens, so knowing what to do, where you will go, and how to get in touch with family members is important.

  1. Create a family communication plan
  2. Develop a family evacuation plan.
  3. Address special needs.

Step 2 Build A Kit

             In an emergency, there are items you and your family will need. Assemble your kit, store it in a place known to all household members. Review the contents of your kit periodically to make sure stored medicines are up to date.

Step 3 Low-Cost, No- Cost Preparedness

  1. Sign up for local community and weather alerts by texting JASPERIA to 67283 or visit
  2. 511 The Iowa Department of Transportation offers real-time information on current road conditions on their website or application.
  3. Visit your local NWS website.

Step 4 Teach Youth About Preparedness

  1. Prepare kids for disasters.
  2. Teach them how to use the phone and when it's appropriate to call 911.
  3. Talk about how you will take care of your pets.
  4. Kids can have a difficult time coping with a traumatic event. Check out the National Child Traumatic Stress Network guide.

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