September is Preparedness Month, an opportunity for you and your loved ones to prepare for an emergency or disaster.

Preparedness Month was initiated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to educate the public on how to prepare for emergencies after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, in the United States. 

“Everyone can prepare for disasters and emergencies -- individuals, businesses and government," said Dave Wilson, Director of the Johnson County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. "We can all do our part to minimize the impact. Build a disaster response kit for you and your loved ones. Make sure that your business has a recovery plan. Volunteer with disaster response teams. All of these actions can save lives and help your loved ones and your community.”

During Preparedness Month, take three simple steps to ensure that you and your loved ones are prepared:

  • Be aware of hazards.
  • Make an emergency plan.
  • Build an emergency kit.

For more information on emergency preparedness visit or Information can also be found on Facebook at Search for #NatlPrep and #ReadyIA.

Date of publication

Friday, September 03, 2021