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National Preparedness Week 3

Iowa communities are prepared for emergencies and disasters  During September’s Preparedness Month, when individuals and families are urged to take steps to be …


National Preparedness Month Week 2

Young Iowans urged to prepare for emergencies DES MOINES – Whether at home or at school, children need to know what to do in emergencies and disasters. During P…


National Preparedness Week 1.1

Preparedness Month: Spotlight on senior preparedness You never know when a disaster is going to strike, but any  Iowan will tell you that tornadoes, floods and …


National Preparedness Month Week 1

Helping older Iowans prepare It’s important to plan for those with access and functional needs, such as the older members of your family and community. “It can …


September is National Preparedness Month…

Is your family ready? Every September, Americans are encouraged to prepare for disasters and emergencies. National Preparedness Month was created in…

Emergency Management is...

a coordinated effort, involving local, state, and federal government agencies as well as volunteer organizations and businesses. These various entities assist citizens and their communities to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and eliminate or reduce the effects of natural, civil, and technological emergencies and disasters. The primary goal of emergency management is to prevent injuries, save lives, and reduce property damage in your community.



Phases of Emergency Management


Foundation of emergency management. Activities designed to reduce or eliminate long-term risk


Ensure that when disaster strikes, emergency personnel are able to provide the best response


Includes actions taken immediately after a disaster occurs


Long-term – return community to “normal”

Emergency Preparedness

Get a Kit

Learn how to put together an emergency kit

Make a Plan

Learn how to plan for an emergency

Be Informed

Get information on different types of hazards and how they could affect you



Contact Us

Polk County Emergency Management
1907 Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 286-2107

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