(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- The Iowa Department of Health is reminding state residents to make safety arrangements in observation of National Preparedness Month.
"Preparedness doesn’t mean being fearful or pessimistic; it simply means being ready so you can take care of yourself, your family, and your loved ones should the unexpected happen," officials said in a statement Friday.
Plans include methods of contacting family members, where to reach a safe place, and action in situational emergencies.
Officials also encourage citizens to have a disaster kit in their homes, which includes water, nonperishable food, a flashlight, batteries, and medication.
“Some reality shows portray preparedness as going to the extremes of building underground bunkers or creating a huge stockpile of supplies,” said IDPH Emergency and Trauma Services Bureau Chief Rebecca Curtiss. “While this may be the level of preparedness some people feel comfortable with, it shouldn’t serve as the benchmark for readiness. There are simple steps every Iowan can take to help them be ready should an emergency happen.”
For more information, visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency website.
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