Build Your Disaster Kit
Don't stop with a disaster plan; make sure you have a kit using this information from the American Red Cross. If you can't afford to make a complete kit, see the list here from Ready.gov, start with just a few items, and add to your kit until it's complete.
If you have a smart phone, use it to help keep you prepared by using the following applications:
Iowa Legal Aid - helps with all phases of disaster assistance
If you don't have a smartphone, or want to save bandwidth by using text, FEMA can provide safety tips and find open shelters here. They can also send Wireless Emergency Alerts to phones that can receive them. Click here for more information.