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Region 6 Homeland Security Board and Safeguard Iowa Partnership Announce Week 2 of “20 Weeks to Preparedness Program” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ross E. Bergen   
Monday, 20 February 2012 14:40
Release Date: February 20, 2012
Release Number: 3

Welcome to Week 2 of the 20 Weeks to Preparedness Program brought to you by the Region 6 Homeland
Security Board and Safeguard Iowa Partnership. This program will help to better prepare you and your
family, a little at a time, over a 20 week period. Each week new preparedness information will be shared
in this publication including a list of items to gather or purchase for your disaster supply kit. Sign up at to receive weekly reminders and announcements related to
the 20 Weeks to Preparedness program.

Use this program to gather items for your kit in small steps over a five month period. Remember to change
and replace perishable items by the expiration date. Purchasing the food suggested by this program would last
approximately 3-5 days.

Place in storage bin:

One gallon of water per person per day
First Aid Kit, or gather Band-Aids, antibiotic ointment, nitrile latex gloves and gauze pads
One package of toilet paper
Dried fruit and/or nuts

Personalized Item (if applicable):

Baby food

To do:

Find natural gas and water shut-offs. Place appropriate wrench near valves.

Additional assistance is available by contacting the Scott County Emergency Management Coordinator at 484-
3050 or visiting the website at
Visit Safeguard Iowa Partnership at, on twitter @safeguardiowa or Facebook at

The Region 6 Homeland Security Board is comprised of fourteen counties in eastern Iowa that coordinate homeland security planning,
training, exercise, response, and recovery. The counties included are Benton, Black Hawk, Buchanan, Cedar, Clayton, Clinton,
Delaware, Dubuque, Iowa, Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Scott.

The Safeguard Iowa Partnership is a voluntary coalition of the state's business and government leaders, who share a commitment to
working together to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters in Iowa.

Governor Quinn Celebrated Valentine’s Day by Announcing Growth at Mars’ Chicago Chocolate Factory and Visiting Children at Shriners Hospital PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Monday, 20 February 2012 08:36

CHICAGO – February 14, 2012. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Governor Pat Quinn visited the Mars, Inc. Chicago candy factory to announce the company’s recent growth in Illinois. The facility, which has added 65 new jobs, also donated candy to children at the nearby Shriners Hospital for Children. After touring Mars’ facility, the Governor visited children at the hospital and hand-delivered Mars candy valentines.


“I want to thank Mars for their continued commitment to growing and creating jobs in Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. “Right here in Illinois, Mars is manufacturing Snickers, Milky Way and 3 Musketeers and it is only fitting that we celebrate this Valentine’s Day with Mars.”


Mars recently invested $48 million in its Chicago-based factory to create a new line of products and hire 65 employees to work on a new manufacturing line. The factory has been in full production since 1929, and this recent investment extends the company’s commitment to another 100 years of growth in Illinois. Mars Chicago-based factory employs about 250 associates and manufactures about 25 million candy bars a day.


Governor Quinn toured the factory’s new line where employees help produce Mars’ world-famous products like 3 Musketeers, Mars Bars, Milky Way and Snickers.


After the tour, Governor Quinn visited the nearby Shriners Hospital for Children, which is one of busiest hospitals in the Shriners network. The hospital treats children with orthopedic and neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Patients can also receive treatment for spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. Shriners Hospitals for Children provide specialty healthcare for children around the country, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. Governor Quinn visited children at the hospital today to deliver Valentine’s Day candy donated by Mars.


ICYMI: WHO-TV: Iowa representative says if Congress can't decide on a budget, they shouldn't get paid PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Friday, 17 February 2012 15:29

In case you missed it…

Timely Resolution: An Iowa representative says if Congress can’t decide on a budget, they shouldn’t get paid



As lawmakers consider the budget proposed by President Obama, Iowa Representative Bruce Braley wants to make sure they do it on time.

Monday, Braley signed on as a co-sponsor to the "No Budget, No Pay" legislation.

Under the proposal paychecks would be withheld from lawmakers if they miss the budget deadline.

Braley tells us, "I can think of few stronger incentives to get politicians to do their job than tying their pay to their job performance.  This idea is a powerful way to restore a little common sense to a Congress that has none."

Veteran Fights to Farm PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amy Radding   
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 13:01

Matt spent his youth on a horse farm and joined the National Guard in college. After graduation, he was posted to Iraq and served as a Cavalry Scout Platoon Leader. Upon returning from military service, Matt went to work for a construction company in South Carolina. He works hard to pay the bills and help care for his wife Kimberly and their two sons. But Matt dreams of owning and operating an environmentally sustainable livestock operation producing pasture-raised meats.

Matt - a driven, self-reliant veteran coping with the upheaval of returning from combat to civilian life - wants to work for himself, create something valuable and independent, and build a solid future for his young family.

But getting started in farming isn’t easy. Neither land nor financing is readily available, and gaining experience is also a challenge. Matt and Kimberly’s search for programs that could help them get started came up empty, until recently.

With our partners we formed the Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Project so veterans like Matt can receive personalized professional consultations on farm production, business and finance as well as attend workshops and farm tours to access guidance from a variety of experts.

This project, alongside the Center for Rural Affairs’ Land Link program, Farm Bill Helpline (402.687.2100 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and the Farmer-Veteran Coalition’s Helpline (530.756.1395 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) can and will help veterans like Matt realize their dreams of farming or ranching while creating a better future for both their families and for America’s rural communities.

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Animal Advocates Lobby Iowa Lawmakers for Humane Legislation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jordan Crump   
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 12:47

DES MOINES, Iowa (Feb. 13, 2012) – Citizens from across Iowa participating in Humane Lobby Day 2012 met with lawmakers today at the Capitol to urge them to support legislation to strengthen the standards for large-scale commercial dog breeding operations and oppose a resolution to overturn a science-based Natural Resources Commission rule banning the use of toxic lead shot during the state’s new mourning dove hunting season. The Humane Society of the United States, ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and The Iowa Federation of Humane Societies are sponsoring Humane Lobby Day.

“Animal advocates attending the 2012 Humane Lobby Day will remind state lawmakers that Iowans want to protect dogs from puppy mill cruelty and protect wildlife from toxic lead poisoning,” said Carol Griglione, The HSUS’ Iowa state director. “The Natural Resources Commission made a science-based decision not to allow toxic lead shot to poison our land and wildlife, and the legislature should not trump science with politics.”

Attendees will urge their representatives to support S.F. 2073, which is sponsored by Senator Matt McCoy (D- Polk County). This legislation would require commercial dog breeding facilities whose license has expired, been revoked, or relinquished to either sterilize or find new homes for all but three of their dogs within 45 days. This measure would fix a loophole in the law that allows unlicensed (but formerly licensed) commercial breeders to keep their dogs even after their license has been suspended.  Members of Iowa Voters for Companion Animals were also on hand to support this legislation.

“The ASPCA has seen first-hand the unspeakable cruelty and horrific conditions of puppy mills,” said Ann Church, vice president of state affairs for the ASPCA. “We’re thrilled with the number of supporters attending Humane Lobby Day and championing to enact stronger laws to regulate commercial breeders. It’s important for lawmakers to hear from their constituents and today’s event is a unique opportunity for animal advocates from across Iowa to meet with their legislators and be the voice for animals.”

These Iowan animal advocates also oppose Senate Joint Resolution 2001, which would overturn the recent Natural Resources Commission decision to prohibit the use of toxic lead shot for the newly-approved dove hunting season. Senate Joint Resolution 2001 was recently approved in the House and will soon be debated in the Senate. The HSUS and the ASPCA® oppose SJR 2001 because animals suffer and sometimes die from lead poisoning through inadvertently consuming the spent lead ammunition. Hunters have non-lead ammunition alternatives that are equally accurate and inexpensive, and have been required by law for waterfowl hunting for two decades.

Iowa ranks 21stin The HSUS’ 2011 state animal protection rankings, which grades each state  based on a wide range of animal protection laws dealing with pets, animal cruelty and fighting, wildlife, animals in research, horses and farm animals. The state gained points for its strong animal fighting laws, but ranks near the middle of the pack because of relatively weak animal cruelty laws.


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