September is being recognized as Emergency Preparedness Month in Iowa and across the country. Local government agencies are reminding residents how to prepare in case a disaster or emergency strikes.
Chickasaw County Deputy EMA Director Bridgette Edson says preparing earlier, means recovery after could be easier.
The designation started after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Each year, Iowa’s Preparedness month is sponsored by several emergency agencies and weather services.
Edson says getting ready for a disaster starts in your home with a written plan.
Other ideas to keep in mind according to Edson is designating a meeting spot away from home and a plan for your pets.
Another key to emergency preparedness is called sheltering in place.
Edson says your kit should be a five-gallon tote including an old pair of eyeglasses, shoes, non-perishable food items, a radio and a flashlight.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has also joined in the designation.
For more information on emergency preparedness, go to read.gov.