PROCLAMATION OF DISASTER EMERGENCY
WHEREAS, on May 19, 2013, and continuing thereafter, severe storm systems affected the state of Iowa; and
WHEREAS, these storm systems caused severe weather, including damaging winds, heavy rains, thunderstorms, flash flooding and flooding resulting in death, significant damage to public and private property, overtopping of levees and large debris piles; and
WHEREAS, the following six (6) Iowa counties suffered significant damages from this event: Buchanan, Clay, Clayton, Greene, Henry and Story County; and
WHEREAS, reports forwarded to the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department by the emergency management coordinators and others in the affected counties indicate that local resources and capabilities have been exhausted and that state assistance and resources are needed to respond to and recover from the effects of this event; and
WHEREAS, surveys and reports forwarded to the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department by the emergency management coordinators and other officials in the affected counties 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 otherwise 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, Iowa Department of Transportation officials in the counties affected by this disaster have conducted surveys and assessments which indicate that federal-aid routes and bridges have sustained severe damage as the result of this severe weather. This damage includes, but is not limited to the following: damage to federal-aid highway and bridges; and
WHEREAS, Federal law as set forth in 23 U.S.C. § 120(e) and 23 CFR § 668.101 authorizes emergency relief funding for the repair or reconstruction of Federal-aid routes that have suffered severe damage over a wide area as a result of a natural disaster, if the Governor of the affected state issues a proclamation of disaster emergency in respect to those damages; 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, TERRY E. BRANSTAD, 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 the following six (6) Iowa counties: Buchanan, Clay, Clayton, Greene, Henry and Story 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 aspect of the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department’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 hereby declare this Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for the specific purpose of obtaining federal emergency relief funding for federal-aid routes in the disaster counties that have suffered severe damage, including the following: damage to federal-aid highway and bridges. 23 U.S.C. § 120(e) and 23 CFR § 668.101.
SECTION THREE. 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 the following four (4) Iowa counties who are affected by this disaster: Buchanan, Clay, Henry and Story Counties. Iowa Code § 29C.20A and 441 Iowa Admin. Code 58.2(1).
SECTION FOUR. This state of disaster emergency shall be effective on May 31, 2013, shall continue for sixty (60) days, and shall expire on July 30, 2013, 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 at Des Moines, Iowa this thirty-first day of May in the year of our Lord Two Thousand Thirteen.
TERRY E. BRANSTAD
GOVERNOR OF IOWA
SECRETARY OF STATE