Being prepared in case of an emergency is one of the most important things you can do for you and your family. There are many agencies that are created to protect your well-being, and help you in case you ever need it.
The Red Cross had developed general as well as emergency-specific information to help you prepare for a natural or man-made disaster. They are available on-line in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese. Many of these sheets will help you plan ahead, and some tell you what you should do after the danger has passed.
For the general planning sheet, go to http://www.redcross.org/www-files/Documents/pdf/Preparedness/checklists/Be_Red_Cross_Ready.pdf.
Any of these groups below may be in your neighborhood before, during and after a dangerous situation. It may be frightening to see them going door to door or in the street with their large vehicles and flashing lights. Try to remember that they are here to help you and your family stay safe; this may be by helping you get to 3an evacuation center, putting out a fire or letting you know about power lines on the ground, or that the water is not safe to drink. Do not ignore them or hide from them- your life could be in danger.
The Iowa State Police Association (ISPA) has branches all over the state. It strives to provide adequate protection and law enforcement within Iowa communities. You may find out more about ISPA here: http://www.ispaonline.com/
Firefighters are men who are specially trained to deal with fire emergencies. This can vary from home fires to park fires. It is their job to prevent fires when possible, and extinguish fires as quickly as possible once they have already started. You may find out more about Iowa’s firefighters via the State Fire Marshall and the Iowa firefighter's association.
The U.S. Military is an organization that was created by the country to protect its citizens from threats outside of the United States. This protection usually consists of using physical force, or combat, to restore safety to the American people. There are many branches within the military, with each providing a different service in a specific area of expertise. These branches are listed below, along with their website:
National Guard- http://www.iowanationalguard.com/Default.htm
Marine Corps- http://www.marines.com/#default