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Are you ready for a disaster? RSVP can help you prepare

Do you have a plan in mind if there is an ice storm, you have no electricity or heat and you’re homebound for a few days? What if a tornado hits your home, you are buried under rubble in your basement and the medications you must have just got blown away? Both of these are possible scenarios for people living in central Iowa.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, when disaster strikes, the best protection is knowing what to do. Preparedness should become part of daily life. Being prepared and understanding what to do can reduce fear, anxiety and losses that accompany disasters.

A Disaster Preparedness Education program is now being offered to citizens of Story County—a collaborative effort between Story County Emergency Management Agency and Central Iowa RSVP. Trained RSVP volunteers are available to make presentations to groups about preparedness. The program will include the following key points: make a plan, assemble a family disaster kit and a pet disaster kit, and stay informed.

RSVP volunteer coordinator, Betty Boccella, will be supervising the preparedness education program. “We’re very excited about this opportunity. Our trained volunteers are carrying the preparedness message across the county on behalf of Emergency Management. We’ve had a long winter and soon we will be coming into severe weather season. We want to encourage citizens to be as prepared as they can be and give them some resources to take care of themselves and their families,” states Boccella.

If you are interested in scheduling a presentation for your service club, church group, luncheon group, coffee club, youth group, Scout troop, 4-H clubs, etc., call the RSVP office in Ames at 515-292-8890. There is no better time than now to get prepared!

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