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Young Iowans urged to prepare for emergencies


DES MOINES – Whether at home or at school, children need to know what to do in emergencies and disasters. During Preparedness Month in September, parents and educators are being urged to help young Iowans learn how they can be more prepared.


Children should be active participants in disaster planning. By getting them involved early, it will help alleviate their fears as well as prepare them to take action in an emergency situation. The more they help plan, the more ready they will be.


The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) and the Iowa School Safety Coalition (ISSC) have teamed up to offer some tips on emergency preparedness for kids, parents and educators.

“While the focus of the Iowa School Safety Coalition is assisting schools, we recognize that prepared students contribute to the overall preparedness of their families, schools and communities,” said Mary Gannon, chair of the ISSC and attorney at the Iowa Association of School Boards.


Preparedness resources for kids, parents and educators are available on the Ready Iowa and Ready websites.


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 Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in an effort to educate the public on how to prepare for emergencies. For more information on Preparedness Month, visit the Ready Iowa website.


The ISSC, formed in 2012, provides schools with a number of resources, including the Iowa School Safety Guide to provide a planning resource when creating school safety plans. To learn more, visit the Iowa School Safety Coalition website.


The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management leads, coordinates and supports homeland security and emergency management functions in order to establish sustainable communities and ensure economic opportunities for Iowa and its citizens.




Activities for this year’s Iowa Preparedness Month are funded in part with Emergency Management Performance Grant Program dollars.