September is Family Preparedness Month and Iowans are encouraged to better prepare themselves for all emergencies and disasters.

Iowans can ‘Pledge to Prepare’ by taking simple steps such as, setting up weather alerts on your mobile phone or vowing to pick up a few items each week at the grocery store to stock your emergency supply kit. The best way to reduce panic is through preparedness; by having a plan, putting together a kit and knowing how to keep informed of changing conditions during a disaster can better prepare for emergencies.

The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD), Safeguard Iowa Partnership (SIP) and Iowa Emergency Management Association (IEMA) are partnering to encourage Iowans to take a pledge to be more prepared for emergencies and disasters.

Family Preparedness Month was created in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in an effort to educate the public on how to prepare for emergencies.

To sign the ‘Pledge to Prepare’ go to www.beready.iowa.gov, www.safeguardiowa.org or www.iowaema.com.