Preparedness and Recovery Resources
Below are several resources you can access to make a disaster kit, create a plan and be informed.
- Helping Parents Prepare for Disaster (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
A tip sheet for parents for creating a disaster plan.
- www.ready.gov/kids (FEMA)
A kid focused site specifically for kids to get involved in disaster preparing.
- Healthy Roads Media
Video, audio, and handouts for addressing various emergency situations available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Bosnian, and Somali.
Emergency situation examples include:
–Building an Emergency Preparedness Kit
–Evacuation and Community Shelters
–Make an Emergency Plan
–Fire Safety at Home
12 things to help you become prepared- do just one a month! Available in braille, English, Arabic, Burmese, Nepali, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, as well as in audio and visual fact sheets.
- Family Communications Plan template from FEMA.
- A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home (Environmental Protection Agency [EPA])
A guide for cleaning up residential mold problems and preventing mold growth.
- Get Rid of Mold (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Tip sheet for removing mold following flooding.
- Returning Home After a Disaster: Be Healthy and Safe (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Information on how to re-enter your home safely following a disaster.
- Cleaning and Sanitizing With Bleach after an Emergency (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Instructions on how to use bleach to clean and sanitize, including safety and portions.
- Dealing with Debris and Damaged Buildings (Environmental Protection Agency [EPA])
Information on safety, surroundings, structurally unsound buildings, and electrical equipment and concerns.
Emotional and Spiritual Care:
- Tips for Survivors of a Traumatic Event: Managing Your Stress During a Disaster (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA])
Information on stress prevention and management related to a traumatic event and tips for relieving stress.
- Tips for Talking to Children After a Disaster: A Guide for Parents and Teachers (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA])
Information on how to recognize common reactions children experience after a traumatic event and how to respond in a helpful way.
More Helpful Sites
- Iowa Department of Public Health Flood-Related Resources
Resources for flood preparation, response, and recovery, including food safety, personal hygiene, flooded personal items, and more. Some resources available in Spanish.
- Ready.gov (Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA]).
FEMAs site for families, kids, and businesses to “Prepare, Plan, and Stay Informed.”
- American Red Cross Prepare your Home & Family
The American Red Cross’s page focused on preparing the home and family.
- Download FEMA’s Mobile App and learn what to do before, during, and after emergencies with safety tips & receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations anywhere in the United States.
- Download the Iowa Legal Aid Disaster Relief App which offers tools for advanced preparation for disasters and tools for people who are experiencing the effects of disaster.
Getting Involved in Disaster Preparedness in Your Community
- Iowa Disaster Human Resource Council
Iowa’s state Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) consisting of faith based, non-profit, civic, key governmental agencies, and private sector organizations active in disaster response throughout the state of Iowa.
- Citizen Corps
Connect with your local citizen corps to get education and training to assist your community in times of disaster.
- American Red Cross