Preparedness Kit and Plan Necessary for Every Iowa Household

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The Iowa Department of Public Health will strengthen efforts to encourage Iowans to prepare effectively for public health threats during National Public Week, April 2 - 8. This year's theme is "Preparedness and Public Health Threats: Addressing the Unique Needs of the Nation's Vulnerable Populations."

Communities across Iowa will explore ways to help vulnerable populations prepare for public health emergencies. Those populations include mothers with young children, hourly-wage workers, and people with chronic illnesses and disability. K-12 schools and preschools will also be encouraged to prepare for public health emergencies. Statewide, local public health agencies and other organizations are sponsoring events and activities for the week, including recognizing Monday, April 2, as Protect Iowa Health Day.

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"Every Iowa household needs to be prepared for the unexpected," said IDPH Interim Director Mary Jones. "Local and state response officials work hard to ensure our communities are ready. It's just as important that Iowans take personal responsibility and be part of the preparedness efforts."

The percentage of Iowans preparing for an emergency has doubled to 32 percent since the start of the Protect Iowa Health campaign. Protect Iowa Health, launched in 2005 by IDPH, local public health, hospitals and emergency medical services, educates Iowans about personal preparedness and the role of public health in emergencies.

First, create a family communications plan detailing what to do and where to meet in the event of a public health emergency. Second, create an emergency preparedness kit containing supplies such as non-perishable food, water, a first-aid kit, and a list detailing family members' medical history, including current medications.

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