Preparedness and Recovery Resources
Below are several resources you can access to make a disaster kit, create a plan and be informed.
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.
- Click here for a listing of Iowa Long Term Recovery Center (LTRC) & Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD)
- American Red Cross
- www.ready.gov/kids (FEMA)
A kid focused site specifically for kids to get involved in disaster preparing.
- Family Communications Plan template from FEMA.
- Archdiocese of Dubuque Disaster Communications Plan
- 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.
- 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
- 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.