PROCLAMATION OF DISASTER EMERGENCY

 

WHEREAS, on November 21, 2015, during a significant winter storm, an electrical distribution transformer box explosion coupled with a water main break and other cascading electrical failures resulted in damage to public property and power outages throughout the city of Sioux Center, Iowa; and


WHEREAS, reports forwarded to the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department by the Sioux County emergency management coordinator and others in the affected county 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, these conditions threaten the public peace, health, and safety of citizens of the State of Iowa and have damaged and destroyed public property and have required the provision of emergency assistance. 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 Sioux County 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 county 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 county.


SECTION TWO. This state of disaster emergency shall be effective on November 21, 2015, shall continue for fifteen (15) days, and shall expire on December 5, 2015, 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 twenty-first day of November in the year of our Lord Two Thousand Fifteen.


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TERRY E. BRANSTAD
GOVERNOR OF IOWA

 

ATTEST:


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PAUL D. PATE
SECRETARY OF STATE