According to Dallas County Emergency Management, we’re most likely to experience a disaster during May or July. Typically the disaster is wind and flooding damage.


So why bring this up in the dead of winter? AJ Seely, Emergency Management director, has recommended a great tool for families to get prepared for emergencies called 20 Weeks to Preparedness. This 20 week calendar lists items to gather each week until a complete emergency kit is assembled. If you begin now, by severe weather season, you will be prepared. Find the calendar on the Safeguard Iowa website www.safeguardiowa.org under the Preparedness tab.


Assemble your preparedness kit in easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or duffel bags. Be sure everyone in the household knows about the kit and where it is.


What kinds of things are in a basic disaster supply kit? Everything from non-perishable food, water, duct tape, work gloves, diapers, pet food, hand tools, first aid supplies, to extra keys to the house and copies of important documents are on the list. Print off the list from the website or call Dallas County Health at 515-993-3750 to have a copy mailed to you.


Curious for more information? Go to https://www.ready.gov.