Disaster preparation and hazard mitigation are catch phrases lately as aprevention campaign gets underway in the state. The Iowa EmergencyManagement Division is taking to the streets in an effort to promote safteymeasures.Ahnalee (ah-na-lee) Luchtel (luke-tul), spokesperson for the division, saysthe tour will target Iowa citizens, fire and police departments, and mayorsand city councils. Luchtel says after the floods of ’93, the state is morepro-active than reactive.Only 100 of Iowa’s 900 cities have manditory building codes for allstructures. The emergency division’s goal is to see more towns adopt thesecodes so disasters don’t hit the residents so hard.For Iowans who want to do more, they can get their hands on the CitizenAction Kit which includes information about building codes and disasterprevention for your home. To learn more, call the Iowa Emergency ManagementDivision, or visit their website.
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