Iowans encouraged to prepare for severe weather in advance

Mar 27, 2012

April 2nd through the 6th is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa. Lucinda Robertson is Public Information Officer for the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. 

She’s encouraging all Iowans to be prepared for year-round emergencies by attention to local news and investing in a weather radio. Robertson says individuals should also make an emergency plan because a family may not be together when an emergency happens.  Finally, she says it’s important to create an emergency supply kit.

"During an emergency, there are some items that you and your family might need.  We urge people to pack a bag with items like water and food, medication, first aid supplies, a flashlight, batteries, a radio and copies of important documents like insurance policies and driver’s licenses.”

Robertson says it’s important not to forget about your pets.  Since most shelters don’t accept pets, she advises owners to make arrangements for them in case of emergency. 

For more information on the three steps to emergency preparedness, the website is