Disaster Officials Want to Know, Do You Have Your Emergency List Ready?

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Spring is here, but don't just celebrate the return of warmth, longer days and sunshine. Prepare for emergencies. That's the message from state leaders Monday.

This is Severe Weather Week. "Iowa is no stranger to disasters," Gov. Terry Branstad reminded Iowans Monday.

The governor pointed out stats he says show how hard his state has been hit by weather-related disasters like floods and blizzards, not to mention the outbreak of avian influenza that resulted in the deaths of more than 30  million chickens and turkeys last year.

  • 23 federal disaster declarations (fourth highest in the country)
  • 225 state disaster declarations

Homeland Security officials say this week is a good time to prepare for the worst weather can bring.

They provided a list of items to put together in an emergency kit for your home, vehicle and pet.

Dave Price found some inspiration on the importance of preparing from a squirrel that scurried by near the Iowa Statehouse.

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