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Emergency Preparedness

Fact Sheets and Guides

Fact Sheets

Fact sheets are available on the most common natural disasters occurring in Iowa.  Information, too, is available on nuclear power plant emergencies as three power plants are located in or near the State of Iowa. Each sheet contains information identifying the risks associated with the hazard, as well as information about what to do before, during, and after the event.  To download the fact sheet, click on the subject matter below. 

Note: You will need to have an Adobe Reader installed on your computer to download the information.  If you do not have a free Adobe Reader, click here to obtain one: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

Extreme Heat


Nuclear Power Plant Emergency

Thunderstorms and Lighting


Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

Disaster Preparedness "Continuity Binder"

Emergencies never occur at a convenient time. During a disaster, seconds count. The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) recommends that all nursing facilities develop a "continuity binder" containing essential contact information for essential services and personnel.  A sample contact sheet is provided which can be used to assist nursing home personnel during an emergency situation.

In addition to the contact sheet, DIA recommends that a continuity binder be developed that would include such information as a resident roster, a list of the resident's legal representatives, staff roster, as well as the name, location, and telephone numbers for:

  • Pharmacy services

  • Medical supply vendors

  • Utility companies

  • Emergency transportation services

  • Local Red Cross representatives

  • Local or area hospitals

During an emergency, this simple binder could serve as a valuable tool to help restore services and care to the facility's residents. 

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