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September is Preparedness Month in Iowa

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

                     

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 1, 2015

CONTACT: HSEMDPIO@iowa.gov or (515) 725-3231

 

 

September is Preparedness Month in Iowa

 

DES MOINES – Governor Terry E. Branstad has proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Iowa.

 

“Unfortunately disasters can and do happen in our state and that is why I have proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Iowa,” said Branstad. “I am asking Iowans to take the necessary steps to prepare themselves, their families, their places of business, and their communities for any emergency.”

 

Preparedness Month is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD), the Iowa Emergency Management Association (IEMA), and the Safeguard Iowa Partnership (SIP).

 

"Disasters begin and end in our neighborhoods and home towns,” said IEMA President Darrell Knecht. “Local emergency managers help to ensure emergency responders in each county are ready for emergencies and disasters. We also encourage citizens to take responsibility for their own preparedness.”

 

During Preparedness Month, HSEMD, IEMA, and SIP are urging Iowans to take simple steps to ensure they, their families, and their places of business are prepared. Those steps are make an emergency plan, build an emergency kit, and be aware of hazards in your area. For more on the three simple steps to preparedness, visit www.beready.iowa.gov.

 

“National Preparedness Month is the perfect time for Iowans to create or review their emergency plans,” said SIP Executive Director Dutch Geisinger. “The few minutes it takes to educate our employees and our families could be the difference between success and failure during a crisis situation.”

 

Iowa’s Preparedness Month is held in conjunction with National Preparedness Month, which was created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on our nation in an effort to educate the public on how to prepare for emergencies.

 

Preparedness Month information can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IowaHSEMD and Twitter at https://twitter.com/IowaHSEMD, hash tags #NatlPrep and #ReadyIA.

 

For more information on Preparedness Month sponsors, visit:

Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov

Iowa Emergency Management Association, www.iowaema.com

Safeguard Iowa Partnership, www.safeguardiowa.org.

Request for Proposal: ALL HAZARDS INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM TRAINING

Monday, August 31, 2015

POLK COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COMMISSION

2015-IMT-2

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

IOWA ALL HAZARDS INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM

NOVEMBER 2015

O-305 ALL HAZARDS INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM TRAINING

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Smart 911 Now Available: Des Moines-West Des Moines Metro

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Polk County, Ia., April 13, 2015 –Public safety officials in the Polk County E911 service area that includes the communities of Alleman-Altoona-Ankeny-Bondurant-Clive-Des Moines-Elkhart-Grimes-Johnston-Mitchellville-Norwalk-Pleasant Hill-Polk City-Runnells-Urbandale-West Des Moines-Windsor Heights announced today that they have taken a step forward in public safety with the addition of Smart911, a free service now available to all citizens. Smart911 is a national service that allows citizens to create a free Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in the event of an emergency. If that citizen needs to dial 9-1-1, their Safety Profile will immediately display on the call taker’s screen, saving seconds and even minutes in response to the emergency.

"We take great pride in providing the best available resources to enhance safety in our community," said Polk County Supervisor and Chair of the 9-1-1 Board, Robert Brownell. "By utilizing this technology, our citizens are now able to give us the information we need to better help them during a time of great distress, when communicating even the simplest of details can be difficult."

Citizens can visit www.smart911.com to sign up and create a free Safety Profile for their household, providing information such as the names and photos of family members, health conditions, medications, pets in the home, vehicle details and emergency contacts. All information in each profile is voluntary, and each household can determine what details are important to include, as each household is different and therefore the potential rescue needs will also vary.

"Even the simplest of details can help our officers during an emergency," said West Des Moines Police Officer, Sgt. Brent Kock "From knowing the access points to the home, whether there is a pet we need to be aware of when approaching or entering the home or just knowing the name of the person in distress can enhance the safety of our citizens and our officers."

With over 450,000 residents living in the area covered by the Polk County E911 Service Board and more commuting into the area every day, the three Metropolitan 9-1-1 centers receive over 240,000 9-1-1 calls in a given year. Smart911 will give 9-1-1 call takers the ability to send the appropriate response teams to the right location and with more information. Examples of situations in which Smart911 can assist include:

If a call is made from a mobile phone, a Safety Profile can provide an address which will allow first responders a location to respond to, even if cell service is poor or the call is dropped.

If there is a fire in the home, a Safety Profile can immediately provide details on how to gain access into the building, the number of residents and pets inside, and a floor plan detailing the location of bedrooms and nearest exits.

During a medical emergency, a Safety Profile can deliver important details on how to treat a patient, ranging from potential allergies to medical conditions such as epilepsy or autism

In a collision, the Safety Profile can include vehicle information, the citizen’s medical treatment restrictions and emergency contact details

"We often spend the first few minutes during an emergency gathering information and assessing the scene," said Des Moines Fire Department Inspector Brian O’Keefe. "By having this information, such as photos of family members, details of those who may need evacuation assistance and even utility shut off locations, while we are en route we can begin our on scene efforts more quickly."

Smart911 has been adopted in 38 states and over 1,000 communities. Your Smart911 profile will work in any of these locations if you call 9-1-1. It has been credited with positively impacting emergency situations and saving lives across the U.S., including a missing child case in Arkansas and a heart attack victim in Tennesee and saving lives including a man trapped in a house fire in Michigan. In Iowa, Smart911 is also available Dubuque County.

Citizens are encouraged to sign up for Smart911 and create a Safety Profile at www.smart911.com to ensure 9-1-1 will have access to their information during an emergency. Smart911 is private and secure, and is only made available to 9-1-1 when an emergency call is made.

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Contact:

Samantha Brear-Polk County E911 Coordinator

Phone Numbers: 515 286 2107 or 515 240 6445

Email: Samantha.brear@polkcountyiowa.gov

Smart 9-1-1 YouTube Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enoowY8AnXc

 

 

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