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August 10 Severe Weather

COVID-19 virus

The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management remains open for business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like most businesses in the country, the Department has made changes in how we conduct our daily business. Our main goal for our customers is they experience little to no interruption of services. Our offices remain open, and while some members of our staff are teleworking, you may still contact them through their work email, work cell phone, or by calling HSEMD's main phone line at 515.725.3231.

For the latest facts on COVID-19, please check the COVID-19 in Iowa website, the Iowa Department of Public Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

COVID-19 Cases in Iowa

Visit the COVID-19 in Iowa website for daily updates on COVID-19.

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation modifying public health measures

11/18--Gov. Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that modifies existing public health measures to provide clarity and simplify the measures applicable to recreational activities and fitness centers. Read More.

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. Read More

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Flood Resources


(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




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.