The summer months can bring natural disasters to Iowa, including tornadoes and floods.

To help people prepare, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging residents to download and use the FEMA smartphone app.

The app includes:

  • An interactive checklist of items needed in an emergency that can save lives.
  • Immediate severe weather alerts for up to five counties nationwide, so a family knows what is happening in their community and also places where other family members live
  • A list of shelter locations, which is rapidly updated when disaster strikes and steps survivors can take to get disaster assistance

The latest version of the FEMA app is available for free in the App Store for Apple devices and Google Play for Android devices.  For more information visit