Preparedness and Recovery Resources

Preparedness 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.
  •  (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
  • Do1Thing
    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.

Recovery Resources

Clean Up:

Emotional and Spiritual Care:

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.
  • (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