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Being ready for a disaster has never been more critical than now. With recent severe weather and flooding, everyone needs to realize How important it is to plan for the worst and pray for the best. Many times it has Been Said "that would never happen here! " we believe, it is not a matter of if, but a matter of when. 

Who would have thought an F5 Tornado would wipe out half of a town in rural Iowa, or an Entire rural town in Kansas? No one thought we would see floods as we did in 1993 for At least another 100 years, and in 2008 we hit the 500-year flood mark and Went on to top That flood in 2010.  

Preparedness is a crucial part of the recovery for you and your loved ones. Please take the time to review this page and visit the links provided to see what you can do to better prepare for it.

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Feel free to contact us with any emergency or disaster preparedness questions you may have.  If we don't have an answer or a solution we will work with our community and state partners to get one for you!

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Being Mahaska ready



We want everyone to be prepared for when an emergency strikes, are you ready?  Do you want to learn CPR?  Want to learn more about first aid training?  Mahaska County Emergency Management has certified instructors that can help you achieve that goal.  We utilize the American Heart Association standards and can teach you to make the difference between life and death.  

Are you ready to make a difference?

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Stop the Bleed


 Motivated by the 2012 tragedy in Sandy Hook and multiple tragedies that have occurred in the ensuing years, what has become known as the Hartford Consensus was convened to bring together leaders from law enforcement, the federal government, and the medical community to improve survivability from manmade or natural mass casualty events. The resulting injuries from these events generally present with severe bleeding which, if left unattended, can result in death. The participants of the Hartford Consensus concluded that by providing first responders (law enforcement) and civilian bystanders the skills and basic tools to stop uncontrolled bleeding in an emergency situation, lives would be saved. The first responder program has received very good response and is widely being used across the country. The next step is to focus on needs of civilian bystanders. 


Civilians need basic training in Bleeding Control principles so they are able to provide immediate, frontline aid until first responders are able to take over care of an injured person. Due to many situations, there may be a delay between the time of injury and the time a first responder is on the scene. Without civilian intervention in these circumstances, preventable deaths will occur. 


The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma is leading the effort to save lives by teaching the civilian population to provide vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. This will be accomplished by the development of a comprehensive and sustainable bleeding control education and information program targeted to civilians that will inform, educate and empower the 300+million citizens of the United States. 

Want to receive this important life saving training?

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Planning for the worst



  • Create a basic emergency plan and go over it With Your family (I.e. fire escape plans or Become, then a to to to to practice it, Especially if You have kids).
  • Prepare a disaster supply kit with water, non-perishable food, tools and equipment, and then some personal items like medications.
  • Make sure You have enough for at Least 72 hours.
  • Have first aid kits on hand.


If not contact us and we can work with you to become more MahaskaReady!

30 Tips for Emergencies

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Help kids with preparedness


Looking for fun ways to get children involved in being prepared?  You came to the right place!

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Getting more MahaskaReady


Information from our Federal partners to help you be more MahaskaReady!

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Active Shooter Preparedness


 Active shooter incidents are often unpredictable and evolve quickly. In the midst of the chaos, anyone can play an integral role in mitigating the impacts of an active shooter incident. Mahaska County Emergency Management aims to enhance preparedness through a "whole community" approach by providing tools and resources to help you prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident.

Currently, Mahaska County EMA utilizes the DHS platform of Run, Hide, Fight.  We provide this training to any business, school, or group of individuals looking to enhance their preparedness plans.  See the video below

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Surviving and active shooter