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Gov. Branstad issues disaster proclamation for Sioux County


NOV. 21, 2015 - Gov. Branstad has issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Sioux County in response to recent winter storms.

The governor’s proclamation allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of a winter storm that affected the county beginning Nov. 21, 2015. During the storm, an electrical distribution transformer box explosion coupled with a water main break and other electrical failures resulted in damage to public property and power outages throughout the city of Sioux Center.

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2016 EMPG application info


EMPG funding opportunity

As of Oct. 1, 2015, the federal appropriations for the federal fiscal year 2016 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) have not been made nor has a federal funding opportunity announcement been issued.


HSEMD is moving forward with the application phase of 2016 EMPG in light of FEMA’s recommendation for states to be planning projects. Until federal guidance for 2016 is released, please utilize the 2015 EMPG Federal Notice of Funding Opportunity and Local Jurisdiction Guidance. After federal guidance for 2016 is issued, HSEMD may require from each applicant additional information.

Based on recent EMPG history, HSEMD anticipates the FFY 2016 EMPG period of performance will be Oct. 1, 2015, through Sept. 30, 2016, for subrecipients.

How to apply for EMPG

Interested applicants needed to apply through Iowa HSEMD's grant website. The Notice of Interest (NOI) forms were due Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. The complete applications are due Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.


If you have questions, please contact Tricia Boggs.



2017 HMEP application info


HMEP application period open now

The application period for the federal fiscal year 2017 Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness planning and training grants is now open. Interested applicants needed to apply via HSEMD's grant website. The NOI forms were due Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, and the complete applications are due Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.


The purpose of Hazardous Material Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grants is outlined in 49 CFR 110.1 and is meant for public sector planning and training in support of the emergency planning and training efforts of states, Indian tribes, and local communities to deal with hazardous materials emergencies, particularly those involving transportation.


If you have questions, please contact Lisa Sexton.



Presidential Disaster Declaration 4234


Presidential Disaster 4234


Iowa received a Presidential Disaster Declaration on July 31, 2015, for storm damage incurred in 19 counties from June 20-25. The counties included in the declaration are: Allamakee, Appanoose, Butler, Clayton, Dallas, Davis, Des Moines, Guthrie, Howard, Jefferson, Lee, Lucas, Marion, Mitchell, Monroe, Warren, Wayne, Winneshiek and Wright counties. Click here for more information on this disaster.


(Click here for a PDF of the map below.)


Bird flu links


Bird flu links

Find out more about bird flu in Iowa, including how to protect flocks, frequently asked questions, fact sheets, brochures, and more.


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