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Gov. Reynolds signs overweight loads proclamation for fall harvest

9/30/19-Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation allowing the transportation of oversize and overweight loads of grain for 60 days during the harvest season.


This proclamation allows vehicles transporting corn, soybeans, hay, straw, silage and stover to be overweight (not exceeding 90,000 pounds gross weight) without a permit, for the duration of this proclamation.

Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation for four counties

9/18/19--Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation today for Fremont, Harrison, Mills, and Pottawattamie counties as a result of renewed flooding along the Missouri River.


The governor's proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this flooding and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program, for these four counties. This proclamation also waives certain competitive bidding requirements for the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) in order to conduct emergency repairs or restoration work to flood-impacted roadways.


View Governor's Disaster Proclamations


Click here to report severe weather and storm damage in your area.All Iowa residents asked to report damage

Residents of counties impacted by the recent severe weather are asked to report damage to help local and state officials better understand the damage sustained. Damage to property, roads, utilities and other storm-related information may be reported. This information will be collected by the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and shared with local emergency management agencies as well as FEMA, and could lead to more counties being added to the current presidential disaster declaration.


Federal Public Assistance is available for 80 counties

FEMA's Public Assistance Program, puts into motion long-term federal recovery programs to help public entities and select nonprofit organizations. The 80 counties eligible to apply for Public Assistance funding under this declaration are: Adair, Adams, Allamakee, Appanoose, Audubon, Boone, Bremer, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Cherokee, Clay, Clayton, Clinton, Crawford, Dallas, Davis, Decatur, Des Moines, Dickinson, Emmet, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Fremont, Greene, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Howard, Humboldt, Ida, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Keokuk, Kossuth, Lee, Louisa, Lucas, Lyon, Madison, Mahaska, Marshall, Mills, Mitchell, Monona, Monroe, Montgomery, Muscatine, O'Brien, Osceola, Page, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Polk, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Sac, Shelby, Scott, Sioux, Tama, Union, Wapello, Wayne, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Woodbury, Worth, and Wright.


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Hazard Mitigation Funding is available statewide

The Presidential Disaster Declaration includes funding to conduct hazard mitigation activities for the entire state. With this funding, Iowa will be able to minimize the impact of future disasters by taking steps to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards.


For more information on flood recovery resources in Iowa, visit, or call 2-1-1.

Iowa Individual Assitance grants are available for families in counties covered by a governor's proclamation of disaster emergency. (Counties covered by the Presidential Disaster Declaration may only apply for federal Individual Assistance.) Disaster Case Management is available for the same counties, plus the ten counties covered for federal Individual Assistance (Fremont, Harrison, Louisa, Mills, Monona, Muscatine, Pottawattamie, Scott, Shelby, and Woodbury).


Officials from the Iowa departments of Correction, Natural Resources, Human Services, and Transportation, with the Iowa National Guard and National Weather Service, listen to Gov. Reynolds speak at the State emergency operations center.


Additional Flood Resources (click here)


(Resources are being added to this page when available.)


Iowa flooding updates

Updates by day from the State emergency operations center (PDF).

Help hotlines

  • Iowa Concern Hotline. When flooding is a concern, ISU Extension's Iowa Concern Hotline is available for those who need assistance. The hotline is available 24/7. All calls are free and confidential, and the operators are willing to assist wherever possible. Call 1-800-447-1985.
  • 2-1-1. Residents may call 2-1-1 with questions or concerns about the flooding and steps they should take. They are open 24/7. The primary purpose of the centers is to link people with the resources they need in their communities. 211 can connect you with someone who speaks your language. Call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898211 if you have needs at this time.

Local emergency management agencies

If you have questions or need to contact the local emergency manager where you live, find their contact information here (PDF).



Public health fact sheets

The Iowa Department of Public Safety has more than 20 fact sheets posted on their flood page, covering the following subject areas:

  • Immunization recommendations
    (For example: Do I need a tetanus shot?)
  • Family and pet safety and health
  • Cleaning up after flooding
  • Food and water safety
  • Business-specific information

Natural resources fact sheets

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has a flood resources page with a lot of great information. Visit to access several fact sheets covering areas such as:

  • Debris management
  • Flood protective measures
  • Wildlife impacts
  • Mold remediation
  • Well safety
  • Propane Safety
  • Emergency haying and grazing on DNR land

For businesses

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The Foundation has a Disaster Help Desk to help small businesses and chambers navigate the recovery process. Call 1-888-692-4943 or visit the helpdesk online. Also access their online recovery guides.


For farmers and producers

For food establishments during a boil water advisory

Donations and volunteers

  • Donations. One thing those affected by the disaster don't need is the logistical nightmare that is created when a surge of unsolicited donations pour into their communities and overwhelm those tasked with recovery. This phenomenon is often referred to as the "second disaster." If you'd really like to donate, cash is always best. Visit the Iowa Disaster Human Resource Council's page for Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
  • Volunteer. Please, do not "self deploy" to a disaster area so you can help out. Doing so only causes complications with official response and rescue efforts. Instead, register as a volunteer with Volunteer Iowa. To find out more, contact Volunteer Iowa at or 515-348-6235. Remember, recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months and sometimes years after the disaster.

River forecasts and stream gauges

National Weather Service. See recently updated information about river levels and flood forecasts on the National Weather Service's websites. Click on the map or links below for the specific office. Then click the "Rivers and Lakes" link right above the map on the forecast office's home page. From there, zero in on the particular river gauge for which you would like to see information. Find current river levels and forecasts. (Hover over, or click the circle or diamond.)

Map of National Weather Service office service areas Link to Des Moines NWS forecasting office website Link to Quad Cities NWS forecasting office website Link to La Crosse NWS forecasting office website Link to Sioux Falls NWS forecasting office website Link to Omaha NWS forecasting office website

  • Des Moines. Adair, Adams, Appanoose, Audubon, Black Hawk, Boone, Bremer, Butler, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Cerro Gordo, Clarke, Crawford, Dallas, Davis, Decatur, Emmet, Franklin, Greene, Grundy, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Humboldt, Jasper, Kossuth, Lucas, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Polk, Poweshiek, Ringgold, Sac, Story, Tama, Taylor, Union, Wapello, Warren, Wayne, Webster, Winnebago, Worth, Wright (51 counties).
  • Quad Cities. Benton, Buchanan, Cedar, Clinton, Delaware, Des Moines, Dubuque, Henry, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Muscatine, Scott, Van Buren, Washington (21 counties).
  • Sioux Falls, S.D. Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Ida, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sioux, Woodbury (11 counties).
  • La Crosse, Wis. Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Floyd, Howard, Mitchell, Winneshiek (8 counties).
  • Omaha, Neb. Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Shelby (8 counties).

Road closures The current list of roads closed due to flood water. Also, links to the apps for Android and iOS as well as the 511ia Facebook and Twitter accounts.


Department, EMAs remember colleague and friend


Department, EMAs remember colleague and friend


JAN. 28, 2019 - On Friday, Jan. 25, the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management lost a member of our team. We are understandably devastated by the loss.


From HSEMD Director Joyce Flinn: "Mitch Nordmeyer was a valued friend and member of our team here at the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. His professionalism and knowledge, balanced with his ready smile, booming laugh, and larger-than-life presence, will be missed by us all. Many of us had the privilege of working with Mitch when he served for several years as the Butler County emergency manager prior to joining our department as the state training officer in April 2018. He was passionate about serving the citizens of Butler County and generously provided support and assistance to his first responder and emergency management brothers and sisters throughout the state. We send our heartfelt sympathy to Mitch's family and many friends and share in their loss."


Photos of Mitch Nordmeyer, state training officer at HSEMD



Remembering the Summer of 2008: "Recovery to Resilience" (videos)


Remembering the Summer of 2008

Recovery to Resilience: The Tornado and the Little Sioux Boy Scout Ranch

First, an EF-5 tornado leveled half the town of Parkersburg. Then came the rain. Then, on June 11, 2008, four boys were killed at the Little Sioux Boy Scout Ranch in Monona County. Current and former staff from the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, including former department head David Miller and current Director Joyce Flinn, recall the night the storm blew through the Loess Hills and the State Emergency Operations Center.




Recovery to Resilience: The Beginning of Disaster 1763

It began on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend - May 25, 2008. At 4:48 p.m. an EF-5 tornado formed and ripped across 43 miles of Butler and Black Hawk counties in Iowa. It was to be the beginning of the worst disaster season the state had ever faced, with more than $2 billion in damage from storms, tornadoes, and flooding. In this video, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management staff recall the events surrounding the "Parkersburg tornado."






Text-to-911 logo: Call if you can, text if you can'tFor the past few years, HSEMD and its many telecommunications vendors and several wireless providers have worked diligently to upgrade Iowa's 911 network to an Internet Protocol (IP)-based system. The improved system, which is more robust and capable of handling new messaging technology, is now 98 percent complete. HSEMD, vendors, and wireless providers continue to work aggressively toward 100-percent statewide Text-to-911 capability.

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