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HSEMD assists local emergency management in a variety of emergency situations. A duty officer is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to coordinate state resources, and ensure the quickest and most complete assistance is given during actual and potential emergencies. HSEMD duty officers respond to a variety of incidents, ranging from hazardous materials spills to rail accidents, bomb threats, missing persons, and severe weather. For many of the incidents, HSEMD coordinates assistance with local, state, and federal government agencies and the private sector.
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State Emergency Operations Center

HSEMD’s response activities range from monitoring local incidents to full activation of the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) at the Joint Forces Headquarters in Johnston, Iowa. At the SEOC, HSEMD and other government and private sector partners coordinate state response and recovery efforts. Activations of the SEOC may last only a few hours in a small incident, or may extend for several weeks or months for large-scale disasters.

During an incident, if the need for resources has exceeded the county’s capability to provide them, HSEMD may then request a Governor’s Disaster Proclamation to cover the impacted counties.

Should the disaster go beyond the capabilities of the State, the governor could then make a request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration.

Governor’s Disaster Proclamations

State resources may be activated and deployed to assist with the ongoing disaster at no cost to local jurisdictions. State resources include equipment, personnel, technical assistance/guidance, supplies, and essential services to provide assistance in the form of debris removal, traffic control, levee patrol, security, vaccines, transportation, and other emergency response and recovery capabilities. A governor’s proclamation may also make assistance available to low income residents in the proclaimed counties.

In the tabs below you will find a listing by year of governor’s disaster proclamations in Iowa since 2016. 

View the Proclamations Archive with governor’s disaster proclamations from 2008-2015.

2021 Disaster Proclamations

 

Date Proc # Incident
10/15 2021-23

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(extends some regulatory relief for an additional 30 days)

10/15 2021-22

Continuing Harvest Proclamation

(30 day extension–allows vehicles transporting corn, soybeans, hay, straw, silage and stover to be overweight (not exceeding 90,000 pounds gross weight) without a permit for the duration of this proclamation)

09/17 2021-21

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(extends some regulatory relief for an additional 30 days)

09/17 2021-20

Harvest Proclamation

(allows vehicles transporting corn, soybeans, hay, straw, silage and stover to be overweight (not exceeding 90,000 pounds gross weight) without a permit for the duration of this proclamation)

09/01 2021-19

Severe weather beginning August 24 and continuing

(allows state resources to be utilized to respond to, and recover from, the effects of recent severe weather and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program, for Pocahontas and Worth counties)

08/31 2021-18

Severe weather beginning August 24 and continuing

(allows state resources to be utilized to respond to, and recover from, the effects of recent severe weather and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program, for Kossuth and Mitchell counties)

08/30 2021-17

Severe weather beginning August 24 and continuing

(allows state resources to be utilized to respond to, and recover from, the effects of recent severe weather and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program, for  Allamakee, Buchanan, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clayton, Emmet, Floyd, Howard, Lyon, Palo Alto, and Winneshiek counties)

08/26 2021-16

Severe weather beginning August 24 and continuing

(allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program, for Bremer and Fayette counties)

08/19 2021-15

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(extends some regulatory relief for an additional 30 days)

08/09 2021-14

Severe weather beginning July 27 and continuing

(allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program, in Howard County for the July 27 severe weather event)

07/29 2021-13

Proclamation preventing fuel supply issues

(eases transport rules for crews and drivers hauling motor fuels)

07/23 2021-12

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(extends some regulatory relief for an additional 30 days)

07/16 2021-11

Severe weather beginning July 14 and continuing, Severe Weather beginning June 24 and continuing

(allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program, for Appanoose, Bremer, Calhoun, Davis, Fayette, Lucas, Monroe, Sac, Wapello and Winneshiek counties for the July 14 severe weather, and Lucas County for the June 24 severe weather event)

06/30 2021-10

Severe weather beginning June 24 and continuing

(allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program, for Davis and Van Buren counties)

06/28 2021-09

Severe weather beginning June 24 and continuing

(allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program, for Linn, Monroe, and Wapello counties)

06/25 2021-08

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(extends some regulatory relief for an additional 30 days, sunsetting other provisions)

05/27 2021-07

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(extends critical regulatory relief for an additional 30 days to those on the frontlines of COVID-19 recovery)

05/20 2021-06

Proclamation preventing fuel supply issues

(eases transport rules for crews and drivers hauling motor fuels, temporarily suspends regulatory provisions of Iowa law pertaining to hours of service for crews and drivers hauling motor fuels, including gasoline, diesel #1, diesel #2, ethanol, and biodiesel)

04/30 2021-05

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(extends critical regulatory relief for an additional 30 days to those on the frontlines of COVID-19 recovery)

04/02 2021-04

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(extends critical regulatory relief for an additional 30 days to those on the frontlines of COVID-19 recovery)

03/05 2021-03

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(extends critical regulatory relief for an additional 30 days to those on the frontlines of COVID-19 recovery)

02/05 2021-02

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(relaxes existing public health measures effective Sunday, February 7th, 2021 while continuing critical regulatory relief to those on the frontlines of COVID-19 recovery for an additional 30 days)

01/07 2021-01

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(continues to require that when people are in an indoor public space and unable to social distance for 15 minutes or longer, masks are required to be worn, spectator limits for sporting and recreational gatherings, including for high school-sponsored events, will be lifted Friday, January 8th, 2021)

2020 Disaster Proclamations

 

Date Proc # Incident
12/16 2020-43

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(requires social distancing and reasonable public health measures for many social, community, business, or leisure gatherings or events, takes effect on Thursday December 17, 2020 and expire on January 8, 2021)

12/09 2020-42 Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus
(continues to require that when people are in an indoor public space, and unable to social distance for 15 minutes or longer, masks are required to be worn, continues to limit indoor social, community, business, or leisure gatherings or events to no more than 15 people)
11/18 2020-41

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(modifies existing public health measures to provide clarity and simplify the measures applicable to recreational activities and fitness centers)

11/16 2020-40

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(requires that when people are in an indoor public space, and unable to social distance for 15 minutes or longer, masks are required to be worn, limits indoor social, community, business and leisure gatherings or events to 15 people, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, November 17 and will continue until 11:59 p.m. on December 10, 2020)

11/10 2020-39

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(imposes a number of additional public health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11 and will continue until 11:59 p.m. on November 30, 2020)

10/16 2020-38 Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus
(extends all the public health mitigation measures currently in place for businesses and other establishments until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 15, 2020)
10/09 2020-37

Severe storm August 10 and continuing

(extends a disaster proclamation for counties impacted by the Aug.10 derecho until November 8, 2020, allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather in impacted counties)

10/02 2020-36 Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus
(reflects expiration of bar closures, allows reopening of wineries, breweries, distilleries)
09/25 2020-35 Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus
(extends the closure of bars, taverns, wineries, breweries, distilleries, night clubs in Johnson and Story counties for an additional week, until 11:59 p.m. on October 4, 2020)
09/18 2020-34 Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus
(continues the Public Health Disaster Emergency for another 30 days, continues the closing of bars, taverns, wineries, breweries, distilleries, night clubs in Johnson and Story counties until 11:59 p.m. on September 27, 2020)
09/15 2020-33 Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus
(permits bars, taverns, wineries, breweries, distilleries, night clubs to reopen in four counties: Black Hawk, Dallas, Linn, and Polk counties, removes the restrictions on hours that alcohol may be sold in restaurants in those counties, clarifies the social distancing requirements that apply to bars and restaurants throughout the entire state)
09/09 2020-32

Severe storm August 10 and continuing

(extends disaster proclamation for counties impacted by the Aug. 10 derecho, allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather in Audubon, Benton, Boone, Cass, Cedar, Clarke, Clinton, Dallas, Greene, Grundy, Guthrie, Hardin, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Madison, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, Tama, and Washington counties)

08/27 2020-31

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(orders all bars, taverns, wineries, breweries, distilleries, night clubs to close in six counties: Black Hawk, Dallas, Johnson, Linn, Polk, and Story county. They may continue to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off premises. Restaurants in these six counties are permitted to remain open, but must stop selling and serving alcoholic beverages after 10:00 p.m., strongly encourages all Iowans two or older to wear a mask or other face covering when in public settings, especially in circumstances when it is not possible to remain six feet away from others outside their household, unless it is unsafe to do so because of health or disability)

08/21 2020-30 Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus
(extends public health mitigation measures currently in place for businesses and other establishments, authorizes school districts with buildings damaged by the derecho natural disaster to offer instruction by primarily remote learning with approval of the Department of Education)
08/14 2020-29

Severe storm August 10 and continuing

(allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather in Cass and Guthrie counties)

08/13 2020-28

Severe storm August 10 and continuing

(allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather in Audubon and Madison counties)

08/12 2020-27

Severe storm August 10 and continuing

(allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather in Jackson, Jones, and Grundy counties)

08/11 2020-26

Severe storm August 10 and continuing

(allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather in Benton, Cedar, Clarke, Greene, Hardin, Iowa, Jasper, Linn, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Tama, and Washington counties)

08/10 2020-25

Severe storm August 10 and continuing

(allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather in Boone, Clinton, Dallas, Johnson, Marshall, and Story counties)

07/24 2020-24

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(extends public health mitigation measures currently in place for businesses and other establishments, extends many of the previously issued regulatory relief measures necessary to respond to this public health disaster, including those related to healthcare, professional licensure, educational workforce, and expirations of driver’s licenses)

07/17 2020-23

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(directs all state agencies, school districts, and local governments to focus on preparing to safely welcome back students and teachers to school in-person in the fall, provides clarity for when a school may move to primarily remote learning, provides regulatory relief to address our education workforce, including removing limitations on how often and long substitute teachers can teach and expanding the pool of Iowans who are eligible to serve as substitute teachers)

06/29 2020-22

Severe storm June 20 and continuing

(allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program, for Fayette and Van Buren counties)

06/25 2020-21

Severe storm June 20 and continuing

(allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program, for Black Hawk County)

06/25 2020-20

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(extends the public health mitigation measures that are currently in place, including the requirement to maintain social distancing in bars, restaurants, movie theaters, and similar venues. And it extends many of the regulatory relief measures previously implemented)

06/10 2020-19

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(continues to ease restrictions on businesses, effective at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, June 12, 2020, extends other public measures until Thursday, June 25, 2020, encourages all vulnerable Iowans in all counties to continue to limit their activities outside of the home)

05/26 2020-18

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(permits bars, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and social and fraternal clubs to reopen on May 28 with the same public health measures as restaurants in place, permits the reopening on June 1 of additional establishments, including outdoor performance venues, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement parks, skating rinks, skate parks, outdoor playgrounds, permits social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings, and events of more than 10 people if public health measures are implemented, including limiting attendance to 50% of the venue capacity and maintaining 6 feet of distance between those attending, allows practices, games, and competitions for youth and adult baseball, softball, and individual sports such as running, biking, swimming, tennis, and golf to resume with appropriate public health measures in place)

05/20 2020-17

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(permits summer school activities including baseball and softball to resume on June 1, and effective Friday, May 22, movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, museums, and wedding reception venues are permitted to reopen with appropriate public health measures in place, swimming pools are permitted to reopen for lap swimming and swimming lessons, and effective Thursday, May 28, bars and other alcohol-related establishments that have been limited to carryout and delivery are permitted to reopen for indoor or outdoor seating)

05/13 2020-16

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(permits salons, barbershops, and massage and tattoo establishments to reopen throughout Iowa in a limited fashion with appropriate public health measures in place, permits restaurants (but not bars), fitness centers, libraries, and race tracks to reopen in the 22 counties where they have remained closed, changes are effective at 5:00 a.m. on Friday, May 15)

05/06 2020-15

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(permits dental services to resume in compliance with guidelines adopted by the Iowa Dental Board, permits some additional businesses and establishments to reopen throughout Iowa in a limited fashion with appropriate public health measures in place, and provides additional regulatory relief to assist Iowans affected by this disaster)

04/27 2020-14

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus-
Part One, Part Two, Part Three

(loosens social distancing measures in 77 Iowa counties effective Friday, May 1, and continues other restrictions until 11:50 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2020)

04/24 2020-13

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration, permits health care providers to begin the process of resuming some elective surgeries and procedures through a phased approach, permits farmers markets to begin limited operations with appropriate public health precautions, and provides other relief to Iowans affected by this disaster)

04/16 2020-12

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration, requiring additional protective measures in RMCC Region 6 for COVID-19 Virus

(implementing additional measures to protect residents, workers, and the public in RMCC Region 6, limits social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings in RMCC Region 6 to only people who live together in the same household, continues to limit weddings, funerals, and other spiritual or religious gatherings to no more than 10 people, requires people to remain 6 feet away from people outside their household whenever possible, requires employers to take reasonable steps to increase telework and adopt reasonable precautions to protect the health of employees and the public at any in-person operations)

04/10 2020-11

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(provides additional regulatory relief necessary to respond to this public health disaster including provisions to give health facilities greater flexibility, removing certain in-person regulatory requirements, and permitting community colleges and school districts to adjust to the suspension of in-person instruction)

04/06 2020-10

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(ordering additional closures and relaxing additional regulations to support the state’s efforts to combat COVID-19, calls on law enforcement to assist in the enforcement of these mitigation efforts)

04/02 2020-09

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(orders the closure of schools, waiving time requirements as long as school districts put in place a continuous learning plan until April 30th, extends closures and limits placed on bars and restaurants previously identified retail stores, prohibits social gatherings of more than ten people, and continues to ban nonessential and elective surgeries until April 30th)

03/31 2020-08

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(extends regulatory relief allowing bars and restaurants to provide carry-out or delivery of alcoholic beverages until April 7, 2020, authorizes the sale of mixed drinks and cocktails for carry-out or delivery through April 7, 2020, provides county hospitals greater borrowing flexibility, permits electronic corporate annual meetings, and eases certification requirements for law enforcement officers)

03/26 2020-07

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(suspending elective and nonessential medical and dental procedures, extending and expanding retail business closures, ordering health care facilities and nursing homes to engage in advanced health care screenings, and removing additional legal barriers to ensure a continued strong response to this disaster)

03/22 2020-06

Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(closing salons, medical spas, barbershops, tattoo establishments, tanning facilities, massage therapy establishments, and swimming pools)

03/19 2020-05

Additional State Public Health Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Virus

(suspends penalties and interest as it relates to the collection of property taxes, suspends some evictions under the Iowa Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, permits the sale of carry-out, delivery, drive-thru of alcohol for unopened bottles of alcohol for bars and restaurants)

03/17 2020-04

State of Public Health Disaster Emergency for COVID-19 Virus

(moving restaurants to drive-through, carry-out, and delivery-only and closures of certain entities such as bars and recreational facilities, and supporting the critical work of public health)

03/15 2020-03

State of Public Health Disaster Emergency for COVID-19 Virus

(allows retailers who sell liquor, beer, wine, carbonated beverages, and other beverages on which an Iowa beverage container deposit is made to stop accepting empty beverage containers for the duration of this disaster emergency)

03/13 2020-02

Proclamation to Waive Transportation Weight Requirements during COVID-19 Virus

(temporarily suspend requirements for transportation of food, medical supplies, cleaning products, and other household goods by removing restrictions on oversize and overweight loads)

03/09 2020-01

COVID-19 Virus

(utilizing resources including personnel, equipment and facilities to prevent, contain and mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 virus)

2019 Disaster Proclamations

 

Date Proc # Incident
09/30 2019-31

Harvest Proclamation

(Statewide, DOT suspension of regulatory provisions-Movement of oversize/overweight loads for 60 days)

09/18 2019-30

Flooding, Sept. 18 and continuing

Harrison, Pottawattamie, Mills, and Fremont

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

09/06 2019-29

Flooding and Flash Flooding, March 13 and continuing

(Extension of state resources, transportation waivers, and suspending length-of-stay and fee requirements at Waubonsie State Park in Fremont County)

08/22 2019-28

Severe Storm System and Tornadoes, Aug. 20 and continuing
Lucas and Monroe

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

08/21 2019-27

Severe Storm System and Tornadoes, Aug. 20 and continuing
Madison, Marion, and Warren

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

08/08 2019-26

Flooding and Flash Flooding, March 13 and continuing

(Extension of state resources, transportation waivers, and suspending length-of-stay and fee requirements at Waubonsie State Park in Fremont County)

07/11 2019-25

Flooding and Flash Flooding, March 13 and continuing

(Extension of state resources, transportation waivers, and suspending length-of-stay and fee requirements at Waubonsie State Park in Fremont County)

07/02 2019-24 Severe Storms, Flooding, and Flash Flooding, June 21 and continuing
Madison
(State resources, Individual Assistance)
06/10 2019-23

Severe Storms and Flooding, May 17 and continuing

Mills, Muscatine, Washington

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

06/10 2019-22

Flooding and Flash Flooding, March 13 and continuing

(Extension of state resources, transportation waivers, and suspending length-of-stay and fee requirements at Waubonsie State Park in Fremont County)

06/07 2019-21

Severe Storms and Flooding, May 17 and continuing

Fremont

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

06/04 2019-20

Severe Storms and Flooding, May 17 and continuing

Union

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

05/31 2019-19

Severe Storms and Flooding, May 17 and continuing

Appanoose, Cedar, Davis, Johnson, Lucas, Monroe, Pottawattamie

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

05/30 2019-18

Severe Storms and Flooding, May 17 and continuing

Van Buren

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

05/29 2019-17

Severe Storms and Flooding, May 17 and continuing

Clinton, Des Moines, Henry, Iowa, Lee, Louisa, Marion, Scott, Wapello and Wayne

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

05/23 2019-16

Flooding and Flash Flooding, March 13 and continuing

Decatur

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

05/10 2019-15

Flooding and Flash Flooding, March 13 and continuing

(Extension of state resources, Individual Assistance, transportation waivers, and suspending length-of-stay and fee requirements at Waubonsie State Park in Fremont County)

04/29 2019-14

Flooding and Flash Flooding, March 13 and continuing

Clinton

(State resources, Individual Assistance

04/16 2019-13

Flooding and Flash Flooding, March 13 and continuing

Muscatine

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

04/12 2019-12

Flooding and Flash Flooding, March 13 and continuing

(Extension of state resources, Individual Assistance, transportation waivers, and suspending length-of-stay and fee requirements at Waubonsie State Park in Fremont County)

04/12 2019-11

Flooding and Flash Flooding, March 13 and continuing

Louisa and Scott

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

04/02 2019-10

Flooding and Flash Flooding, March 13 and continuing

Wapello County

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

03/28 2019-09

Flooding and Flash Flooding, March 13 and continuing

Greene County

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

03/26 2019-08

Flooding and Flash Flooding, March 13 and continuing

Carroll County

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

03/25 2019-07

Flooding and Flash Flooding, March 13 and continuing

Chickasaw, Hamilton, and Mitchell

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

03/22 2019-06

Flooding and Flash Flooding, March 13 and continuing

Howard County

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

Statewide

(Suspension of regulatory provisions)

 

AMENDMENT to March 22 proclamation

(Suspension of regulatory provisions)

03/21 2019-05

Flooding and Flash Flooding, March 13 and continuing

Appanoose, Black Hawk, Cass, Davis, Lucas, Madison, Mahaska, Monroe, and Union

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

03/20 2019-04

Flooding and Flash Flooding, March 13 and continuing

Audubon and Marshall

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

03/18 2019-03

Flooding and Flash Flooding, March 13 and continuing

Crawford, Delaware, Page, Palo Alto, and Tama
(State resources, Individual Assistance)

03/15 2019-02

Flooding and Flash Flooding, March 13 and continuing

Adair, Bremer, Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dallas, Dickinson, Emmet, Fayette, Franklin, Fremont, Guthrie, Hardin, Plymouth, and Shelby

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

03/14 2019-01

Flooding and Flash Flooding, March 13 and continuing

Butler, Cerro Gordo, Clayton, Hancock, Harrison, Humboldt, Ida, Iowa, Kossuth, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, O’Brien, Pottawattamie, Sioux, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Woodbury, Worth, and Wright

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

2018 Disaster Proclamations

 

Date Proc # Incident
11/13 2018-28

Harvest Proclamation

(Statewide, DOT suspension of regulatory provisions-Movement of oversize/overweight loads for 14 days – extension of Sept. 15 proclamation)

10/22 2018-27

Severe Storm System, Oct. 4 and continuing

Henry, Muscatine, and Washington

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

10/11 2018-26

Severe Storm System, Oct. 4 and continuing

Black Hawk, Buena Vista, Butler, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Clarke, Des Moines, Dubuque, Emmet, Fayette, Franklin, Iowa, Johnson, Kossuth, Lee, Marshall, Ringgold, Scott, and Union
(State Resources, Individual Assistance)

10/02 2018-25

Severe Storm System, Oct. 1 and continuing

Delaware and Dubuque counties

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

09/25 2018-24

Severe Storm System, Sept. 19 and continuing

Butler County

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

09/21 2018-23

Severe Storm System, Sept. 19 and continuing

Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Franklin, Hancock, Humboldt, Kossuth, O’Brien, Palo Alto, Sioux, Winnebago, Worth, and Wright

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

09/19 2018-22

Severe Storm System, Aug. 28 and continuing

Union County

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

09/15 2018-21

Harvest Proclamation

(Statewide, DOT suspension of regulatory provisions-Movement of oversize/overweight loads for 60 days)

09/14 2018-20

Severe Storm System, July 19 and continuing

Marshall County

(Extension of Aug. 16 proclamation for Individual Assistance)

09/12 2018-19

Severe Storm System, Sept. 2 and continuing

Buchanan County

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

09/11 2018-18

Severe Storm System, Aug. 28 and continuing

Iowa County

(State resources, Individual Assistance)

09/07 2018-17

Severe Storm System, Sept. 2 and continuing

Black Hawk, Franklin, Kossuth, Poweshiek

(State resources and Individual Assistance)

09/07 2018-16

Severe Storm System, Aug. 28 and continuing

Clinton County

(State resources and Individual Assistance)

09/04 2018-15

Severe Storm System, Sept. 2 and continuing

Bremer, Iowa counties

(State resources and Individual Assistance)

08/16 2018-14

Severe Storm System, July 19 and continuing

Marshall County

(Extension of July 20 proclamation for Individual Assistance)

07/30 2018-13

Severe Storm System, June 6 and continuing

Adair, Buchanan, Delaware, Pocahontas, Wright

(State resources)

07/27 2018-12

Severe Storm System, July 19 and continuing

Marion County

(State resources and Individual Assistance)

07/20 2018-11

Severe Storm System, July 19 and continuing

Lee, Marshall, Polk, and Van Buren

(State resources and Individual Assistance)

07/19 2018-10

Severe Storm System, July 19 and continuing

Marshall County

(Suspension of regulatory provisions of Iowa Code – pertaining to hours of service for disaster repair crews and drivers delivering goods and services while responding to disaster areas, effective for 30 days)

07/03 2018-09

Severe Storm System, June 14 and continuing

Franklin County
(State resources and Individual Assistance)

07/02 2018-08

Severe Storm System, June 14 and continuing

Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Polk
(State resources and Individual Assistance)

06/28 2018-07

Severe Storm System, June 14 and continuing

Warren County
(State resources and Individual Assistance)

06/27 2018-06

Severe Storm System, June 14 and continuing

Buena Vista (State resources only)

Cherokee, Webster
(State resources and Individual Assistance)

06/25 2018-05

Severe Storm System, June 14 and continuing

Hancock, Humboldt, Plymouth, Sioux, and Winnebago
(State resources and Individual Assistance)

06/23 2018-04

Severe Storm System, June 14 and continuing

Lyon, Plymouth, Sioux, and Woodbury
(Suspension of regulatory provisions of Iowa Code – pertaining to hours of service for disaster repair crews and drivers delivering goods and services while responding to train derailment, effective for 30 days)

06/21 2018-03

Severe Storm System, June 14 and continuing

Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, Lyon, Osceola, Palo Alto, Scott, and Story
(State resources and Individual Assistance)

06/15 2018-02

Severe Storm System, June 14 and continuing

Hamilton and O’Brien
(State resources and Individual Assistance)

06/11 2018-01

Severe Storm System, June 7 & continuing

Allamakee, Bremer, Chickasaw, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Howard, and Winneshiek

(State resources and Individual Assistance)

2017 Disaster Proclamations

 

Date Proc # Incident
07/24 2017-08

Severe Storm System, July 19 & continuing

Chickasaw, Dubuque, Floyd, Kossuth

(State resources & Individual Assistance)

07/22 2017-07

Severe Storm System, July 19 & continuing

Bremer, Buchanan, Clinton, Johnson

(State resources & Individual Assistance)

07/20 2017-06

Severe Storm System, July 19 & continuing

Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Winneshiek
(State resources & Individual Assistance)

07/14 2017-05

Severe Storm System, July 11

Clayton and Dubuque (State resources)

Clayton (Individual Assistance)

05/17 2017-04

Severe Storm System, May 16

Kossuth and Webster
(State resources and suspension of regulatory provisions-regarding open burning of disaster debris for 90 days and purchase of emergency goods for 30 days)

03/24 2017-03

Wildfires in CO, KS, OK, and TX

Statewide (State resources, amendment of DOT suspension of regulatory provisions on March 17, 2017, through May 16, 2017)

03/17 2017-02

Wildfires in CO, KS, OK, and TX

Statewide (State resources, DOT suspension of regulatory provisions-oversize and overweight loads of forage for 60 days)

03/08 2017-01

Severe Storm System, March 6

Appanoose, Muscatine, Scott, and Wayne
(State resources & Individual Assistance)

2016 Disaster Proclamations

 

Date Proc # Incident
11/07 2016-12 Severe Storm System, Sept. 21 & continuing

(extension of five earlier proclamations for Individual Assistance) Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Howard, Jones, Linn, Louisa, Mitchell, Muscatine, Story, Winneshiek, Worth, & Wright

10/07 2016-11 Severe Storm System, Sept. 21 & continuing

Clayton and Winneshiek
(State resources & Individual Assistance)

09/29 2016-10 Severe Storm System, Sept. 21 & continuing

Fayette and Muscatine
(State resources & Individual Assistance)

09/27 2016-09 Severe Storm System, Sept. 21 & continuing

Howard, Jones, Louisa, and Story
(State resources & Individual Assistance)

09/26 2016-08 Severe Storm System, Sept. 21 & continuing

Cerro Gordo, Hancock, Mitchell, and Worth
(State resources & Individual Assistance)

09/23 2016-07 Severe Storm System, Sept. 21 & continuing

Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Chickasaw, Delaware, Floyd, Franklin, Linn and Wright
(State resources & Individual Assistance)

09/08 2016-06 Severe Storm System, Sept. 6

Kossuth County
(State resources & Individual Assistance)

08/29 2016-05 Severe Storm System, Aug. 23

Bremer, Chickasaw
(State resources & Individual Assistance)

08/25 2016-04 Severe Storm System, Aug. 23

Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, Winneshiek (State resources & Individual Assistance)

08/15 2016-03 Severe Storms, Aug. 11 and continuing

Johnson County
(State resources & Individual Assistance)

07/18 2016-02 Severe Storms, July 16 and continuing

Benton, Humboldt, Webster, Wright
(State resources)

Benton, Webster, Wright counties
(Individual Assistance)

03/17 2016-01 Severe Winter Storm, March 15

Clinton County (State resources and Individual Assistance)

Iowa Disaster History

Iowa has experienced 46 presidentially declared disasters from 1990 to 2020.

Iowa’s lead hazards are those associated with severe weather, including heavy rains and flooding, tornadoes and high winds, ice storms, and blizzards and heavy snow. Iowa has also been affected by hazardous material spills both at fixed facilities and those associated with transportation accidents.

Iowa’s Major Presidential Disaster Declarations

Summer 2020

On August 10, 2020, areas of Iowa were impacted by a derecho, with hurricane-force winds that leveled homes and businesses and left thousands of people without access to food, power, or internet service. The damage swaths from the derecho were massive, with winds topping 100 mph at several locations. Millions of acres of Iowa cropland were damaged or destroyed. Under this Presidential Disaster Declaration, FEMA Public Assistance funding was granted for 23 counties and individual Assistance was granted for 12 counties. Hazard mitigation funding was made available statewide.

Year: 2020
Date: 08/17/20
Disaster Number/Incident Description: DR-4557, Iowa Severe Storms (Derecho)
*Date the disaster was declared, not necessarily the date it occurred.

Spring 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a statewide, multi-level, coordinated response. This Presidential Disaster Declaration made federal funding available to state and local governments, along with certain private nonprofit organizations, for work and services to save lives and protect property for all areas affected by COVID-19. The declaration also removed a $5 million cap on federal funds for pandemic response and made available the Community Disaster Loan program. 

Year: 2020
Date: 03/23/20
Disaster Number/Incident Description: DR-4483, Iowa Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
*Date the disaster was declared, not necessarily the date it occurred.

A tornado, illuminated by light from the setting sun, narrowly misses a small farm in Iowa.

Past Presidential Disaster Declaration Information

Click on each tab for additional information and a list of all past declarations.

2011-2019

Spring 2019
On March 23, 2019, Iowa received a Presidential Disaster Declaration for extensive flooding along the Missouri River and flooding and storm damage in other areas of the state for the period of March 12-June 15. Eighty counties were included in this declaration for Public Assistance Program funding, while Individual Assistance Program funding was made available in 10 counties. 

Summer 2018
Iowa has received two Presidential Disaster Declarations in 2018. The first was received on Aug. 20, 2018, for 30 counties, as a result of severe storms and flooding that occurred between June 6 and July 2, 2018. (Counties in the declaration were: Adair, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Cerro Gordo, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clay, Dallas, Delaware, Dickinson, Emmet, Floyd, Hamilton, Hancock, Howard, Humboldt, Kossuth, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Polk, Sioux, Story, Warren, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek, and Wright.)

The second was received Sept. 12, 2018, for four counties (Lee, Marion, Marshall, and Van Buren) for severe storms and tornadoes that occurred July 19, 2018.

Summer 2017
Iowa received a disaster declaration on Aug. 27, 2017, for severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding in nine counties (Allamakee, Bremer, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Dubuque, Fayette, Mitchell, and Winneshiek) from July 19-23. At the time of the declaration, these counties were still recovering from their last declared disasters from 2016.

Summer/Fall 2016
Iowa received two disaster declarations in 2016, for severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding in eight counties (Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Floyd, Howard, Mitchell and Winneshiek) from Aug. 23-27, 2016, and severe storms and flooding in 19 counties from Sept. 21-Oct. 3, 2016: Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Des Moines, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Howard, Linn, Mitchell, Winneshiek, and Wright. Many of these counties were also hit hard by flooding in 2008.

Spring/Summer 2015
Iowa received one Presidential Disaster Declaration in 2015, on July 31, for damage incurred in 19 counties from June 20-25, 2015.

Spring/Summer 2014
Severe weather hammered the state hard during the month of June. Iowa received its first Presidential Disaster Declaration for 2014 on July 14 for nine counties due to severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding which occurred June 3-4 (DR-4181). Governor Branstad received word that his second request for a Presidential declaration was approved by President Obama on July 24 for 26 counties as a result of storms that occurred June 14-23.

On Aug. 5, President Obama approved Iowa’s third Presidential Disaster Declaration for 22 counties as a result of severe weather that occurred June 26-July 7. On Aug. 19, Crawford and Shelby counties were added to the declaration, bringing the number of counties covered by the declaration to 24.

Spring/Summer 2013
Iowa had four Presidential Disaster Declarations in 2013. On May 6, 2013, the state received its first declaration of the year for five counties as a result of a severe winter storm that hit northwest Iowa April 9-11, 2013. The second disaster declaration came on May 31, 2013, for 20 counties as a result of severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding which occurred April 17-30.

On July 2, 2013, the state received a third declaration for severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding which occurred May 19-June 14. A total of 47 counties were included in this declaration. Two counties, Howard and Worth, were added to the declaration on Aug. 8, making the total covered in the declaration 49 counties.

The fourth and final Presidential Disaster Declaration came on July 31, 2013, for severe storms, tornadoes and flooding which occurred June 21-28 in 10 counties. On Aug. 20, 2013, Audubon and Grundy counties were added to the declaration, bringing the total covered by the declaration to 12 counties.

Spring/Summer 2011
On April 9-10, 2011, severe storms, tornadoes and straight-line winds made their way across the state. Six counties received a Presidential Disaster Declaration as a result of these storms.

Beginning on May 25, 2011, sustained flooding in the Missouri River and its tributaries resulted in a Presidential Disaster Declaration affecting six counties. By the end of August, two more Presidential Disaster Declarations were made due to weather events in June and July, affecting eight additional counties.

Year Date* Disaster Number/Incident Description
2019 3/23 DR-4421, Severe Storms and Flooding
2018 9/12 DR-4392, Severe Storms and Tornadoes
2018 8/20 DR-4386, Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line winds, and Flooding
2017 8/27 DR-4334, Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line winds, and Flooding
2016 10/31 DR-4289, Severe Storms and Flooding
2016 9/29 DR-4281, Severe Storms, Straight-line winds, and Flooding
2015 7/31 DR-4234, Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line winds, and Flooding
2014 8/5 DR-4187, Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line winds, and Flooding
2014 7/24 DR-4184, Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line winds, and Flooding
2014 7/14 DR-4181, Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line winds, and Flooding
2013 7/31 DR-4135, Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding
2013 7/2 DR-4126, Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding
2013 5/31 DR-4119, Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding
2013 5/6 DR-4114, Severe Winter Storm
2011 8/30 DR-4018, Severe Storms and Flooding
2011 8/24 DR-4016, Severe Storms, Straight-Line Winds and Flooding
2011 6/27 DR-1998, Flooding
2011 5/5 DR-1977, Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Straight-Line Winds

*Date the disaster was declared, not necessarily the date it occurred. Click on the link for each disaster for additional information, including the date(s) of occurrence (“incident period”).

2001-2010

Summer 2010
Lake Delhi Dam breach, July 24, 2010.From June through August of 2010, severe storms, wind and flooding resulted in 63 counties receiving a Presidential Disaster Declaration. One of the most consequential events of the summer occurred on July 24, when the Lake Delhi (pronounced DEL-high) Dam in Delaware County was overtopped by the swollen Maquoketa River, causing the the earthen portion of the dam to erode and ultimately, the dam to fail.

Winter 2009-2010
The state experienced one of the snowiest winters on record beginning December 2009. By mid-February in Des Moines alone, a whopping 58 inches had already fallen for the season, according to the National Weather Service. Two disaster declarations were made during the winter season, one for severe winter storms and snow at the end of December 2009, and one for severe winter storms in late January 2010.

Spring/Summer 2008
Damage in Parkersburg after the EF5 tornado on May 25, 2008. Photo courtesy Denny Mills.On May 25, 2008, the town of Parkersburg and nearby communities were struck by tornadoes. A few days later, devastating floods began affecting much of the state. Eighty-five counties were included in a Presidential Disaster Declaration as a result of the tornadoes and flooding. Losses from these disasters are estimated to total between $8 – 10 billion, and more than 40,000 were affected.

The Year 2007
In 2007, Iowa had a record five disasters that received Presidential Emergency Declarations totaling more than $126 million in federal aid. It began with an ice storm in late February, followed by heavy snow a few days later in March, major spring flooding occurred in southwest Iowa in May, more flooding across the state occurred in August, and another ice storm in December finished off the year.

Year Date* Disaster Number/Incident Description
2010 7/29 DR-1930, Severe Storms, Flooding and Tornadoes
2010 7/27 DR-1928, Severe Storms and Flooding
2010 3/2 DR-1880, Severe Winter Storms
2010 2/25 DR-1877, Severe Winter Storms and Snowstorm
2009 8/13 DR-1854, Severe Storm
2008 5/27 DR-1763, Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding
2008 1/4 DR-1737, Severe Winter Storm
2007 9/14 DR-1727, Severe Storms and Flooding
2007 5/25 DR-1705, Severe Storms, Flooding and Tornadoes
2007 3/14 DR-1688, Severe Winter Storms
2004 5/25 DR-1518, Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding
2002 6/19 DR-1420, Severe Storms and Flooding
2001 5/2 DR-1367, Severe Storms and Flooding

*Date the disaster was declared, not necessarily the date it occurred. Click on the link for each disaster for additional information, including the date(s) of occurrence (“incident period”).

1991-2000

Summer 1993
Perhaps one of the most defining natural disaster incidents in Iowa history was flooding in 1993. Flooding resulted in 17 fatalities and more than $2 billion in damage. Over 10,000 people were evacuated from their homes and 21,000 homes were damaged, many destroyed. During the summer of 1993, it rained at some locations within the state each day for 130 consecutive days. Some areas of the state flooded more than five times. Agricultural yields dropped by 62 percent.

Year Date* Disaster Number/Incident Description
1999 7/22 DR-1282, Severe Storms and Flooding
1999 5/21 DR-1277, Severe Storms, Flooding and Tornadoes
1998 7/2 DR-1230, Severe Weather, Tornadoes and Flooding
1997 11/20 DR-1191, Severe Snow Storms
1996 8/21 DR-1133, Flooding
1996 6/24 DR-1121, Flooding
1993 7/9 DR-996, Flooding, Severe Storm
1993 4/26 DR-986, Flooding, Severe Storm
1992 10/2 DR-965, Flooding, Severe Storm
1991 12/26 DR-928, Ice Storm
1991 7/12 DR-911, Flooding, Severe Storm

*Date the disaster was declared, not necessarily the date it occurred. Click on the link for each disaster for additional information, including the date(s) of occurrence (“incident period”).

1981-1990

 

Year Date* Disaster Number/Incident Description
1990 9/6 DR-879, Flooding, Severe Storm
1990 5/26 DR-868, Flooding, Severe Storm
1988 7/28 DR-814, Heavy Rain, High Winds, Tornadoes
1987 7/17 DR-795, Storms, Flash Flooding
1984 6/27 DR-715, Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Hail, Floods

*Date the disaster was declared, not necessarily the date it occurred. Click on the link for each disaster for additional information, including the date(s) of occurrence (“incident period”).

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