PROCLAMATION OF DISASTER EMERGENCY

 

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2019, and continuing thereafter, widespread flooding and flash flooding events began to impact the State of Iowa due to rapid snow melt combined with heavy rains, which are causing dangerous flood conditions across much of the state; and


WHEREAS, Louisa and Scott counties suffered significant damage from this event; and


WHEREAS, reports forwarded to the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management by the emergency management coordinator in the affected county indicate that state individual assistance pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.20A and 441 Iowa Admin. Code 58.2 (1) is needed to assist certain individuals and families adversely affected by the disaster who cannot be helped by other means of financial assistance and for whom federal assistance under the Stafford Act is either not available or does not adequately meet the needs of the citizens in the disaster area; and


WHEREAS, these conditions threaten the public peace, health, and safety of citizens of the State of Iowa and have damaged and destroyed public and private property. Because of this, they provide legal justification for the issuance of a Proclamation of a State of Disaster Emergency pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (1).


NOW, THEREFORE, I, KIMBERLY K. REYNOLDS, Governor of the State of Iowa, by the power and authority vested in me by the Iowa Constitution Art. IV, §§ 1, 8 and Iowa Code § 29C.6 (1), and all other applicable laws, do hereby proclaim a STATE OF DISASTER EMERGENCY for Louisa and Scott counties and do hereby ORDER and DIRECT the following:

SECTION ONE. As required by Iowa Code § 29C.6 (1), (10) and 42 U.S.C. § 5170 in cases of Presidential Disaster Declarations, this Proclamation of Disaster Emergency activates the disaster response and recovery aspects of the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s Iowa Emergency Response Plan and those additional response plans applicable to the counties affected by this disaster and authorizes the use and deployment of all available state resources, supplies, equipment, and materials as are reasonably necessary to assist those citizens located in the disaster counties.


SECTION TWO. I authorize the Iowa Department of Human Services under the terms and conditions as allowed by Iowa law to render individual disaster assistance to eligible residents of Louisa and Scott counties. Iowa Code § 29C.20A and 441 Iowa Admin. Code 58.2 (1).


SECTION THREE. This state of disaster emergency shall be effective on April 11, 2019, shall continue for thirty (30) days, and shall expire on May 11, 2019, unless sooner terminated or extended in writing by me. Iowa Code § 29C.6 (1).

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed my name and caused the Great Seal of the State of Iowa to be affixed. Done at Des Moines, Iowa, this 12th day of April in the year of our Lord, Two Thousand Nineteen.


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KIMBERLY K. REYNOLDS
GOVERNOR OF IOWA

 

ATTEST:
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PAUL D. PATE
SECRETARY OF STATE

 

Link to PDF of April 12, 2019, proclamation.