|Branstad, Reynolds HSEMD Director Schouten encourage storm readiness|
|News Releases - Environment, Weather & Nature|
|Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa|
|Monday, 05 May 2014 09:37|
(DES MOINES) – Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds were joined today at their weekly news conference by Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department (HSEMD) Director Mark Schouten to encourage Iowans to be prepared during severe weather season.
“Lieutenant Governor Reynolds and I offer our sympathy to families who lost loved ones in the storms that raced across Iowa on April 27th, and our support to the communities that sustained damage,” said Branstad. “Being prepared for a storm, no matter the season, is the best way to protect yourself and families from dangerous weather.”
“Governor Branstad and I, along with Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department, stand ready to assist Iowans and their communities when severe weather strikes,” said Reynolds. “It’s critically important for Iowans to take the necessary precautions ahead of inclement weather. We urge Iowans to take time to prepare for this spring and summer’s storm season.”
Iowa HSEMD outlined 3 easy steps Iowans can take to be ready for severe weather:
Step 1: Be aware
Step 2: Make An Emergency Plan
Step 3: Build an Emergency Supply Kit
Keep a kit at home and in your car in case you must shelter in place or quickly evacuate your home.
Include in your kit items such as:
“At the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department, our job is to ensure Iowa and Iowans are prepared and ready to respond to emergencies and disasters,” said Iowa HSEMD Director Mark Schouten. “Our message to all Iowans is to take steps now to be prepared for the next round of severe weather. Just taking a few minutes today to think it through and know what you will do can help keep you and your family safe.”
To get additional details and tools, including a brochure that outlines how to plan and prepare, visit www.beready.iowa.gov.###
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