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2016 Severe Storms and Flooding


Here you will find relevant disaster links.

Page last updated: Sept. 23, 2016



Assistance for Individuals

Current information about where Iowa Individual Assistance is available. Click here to read more about Iowa Individual Assistance.


Emergency Supply Kits

Find out what to put in your kit on the Ready Iowa website.


Family Emergency Plan

Learn what you need to put together a comprehensive family emergency plan on the Ready Iowa website.


Flood Preparation

Ready Iowa website - Checklist for preparing for a flood, what to do during a flood, and what you need to look out for if you are returning to your home after a flood.


Health Information

Iowa Dept. of Public Health From information about using bleach in basements, immunizations, flooded sewage systems and mosquito bite prevention, find anything related to your health and flooding here.



Flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period after purchase before coverage becomes effective. For frequently asked questions, file a claim or find an agent, visit FEMA's


Media Contacts


Available 8 a.m.-4 p.m. After staffing hours, please listen to instructions on how to be connected with the HSEMD Duty Officer.

Or, email us anytime and we will try to get back to you as soon as possible



For the latest press releases visit the Governor's website.



Most shelters do not accept pets. Learn how to prepare your pets for your possible evacuation on the Ready Iowa website.

Propone Safety & Floods

Iowa Propane Gas Association website


Road Information

For road closure information visit the Iowa Department of Transportation (511) website



Beware of scams! Whether you are trying to help those impacted by disaster or you have been impacted and don't want to be taken advantage of, visit the Iowa Attorney General website for more information.


Septic Tanks & Floods

Flooding of a private sewage system can be a hazardous situation for homeowners. It
may lead to a back-up of sewage in the home, contaminated drinking water, and lack of sanitation.


Click here for more information from the Iowa Department of Public Health.



Click here to link to information on the National Weather Service forecast offices that service Iowa.