Emergency Preparedness Programs

Dallas County Public Health is committed to being prepared to respond to public health threats, disasters, and emergencies and to be ready to assist communities in recovery. Dallas County Public Health is involved in preparedness and planning with community partners to respond to public health emergencies.

“Winging It” is not an emergency plan!
This year's Resolve to be Ready campaign focuses on 'Family Connection' to reinforce the importance of parents including their children in preparedness conversations in advance of potential disasters. Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance.  The Resolve to be Ready campaign makes an emergency preparedness resolution easy to keep by recommending families consider these three ideas when making a plan:
who to call, where to meet and what to pack.
The campaign includes age-appropriate tools and resources to introduce conversations about disaster preparedness to children on www.ready.gov/kids, including a Family Communication Plan, Emergency Kit Checklist and guidelines on how to make preparedness a year-round family activity.

 For more information on being prepared for emergencies of any kind, please visit Ready.gov

For more information on any of the programs mentioned, please email phn@dallascountyiowa.gov.

Dallas County officials have partnered with Alert Iowa to provide Dallas County residents with rapid emergency notifications delivered to their home or cell phones. Residents may now opt to receive pre-recorded notifications of emergencies in their cities, neighborhoods, and rural areas by registering with Alert Iowa via secure website.  
Enroll by clicking the image to the right. Both residents and businesses are eligible for this free service.


 The Dallas County Iowa Medical Reserve Corps is an organized way for individuals to volunteer in the case of a Public Health Emergency.  You do not need to be a medical professional to volunteer. 

All volunteers must register with iServ, (Iowa Statewide Registry of Volunteers).  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please click the logo to the left and complete the iServ registration process.  You will then be contacted by the MRC Coordinator.

 Protect Iowa Health Guidebook

 A free guidebook from the Iowa Department of Public Health is available with tips on how you can help protect Iowa's Health in case of Emergency. 

Please click on the logo to the left to download this guidebook.