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September 19-23 is Emergency Management Appreciation Week

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Gov. Terry E. Branstad has proclaimed the week of September 19-23, 2016, Emergency Management Appreciation Week in Iowa.

On Monday (September 19) emergency managers from across the state joined Gov. Branstad for a public signing of a proclamation recognizing the dedicated and necessary work conducted by Iowa's emergency managers. County emergency managers are responsible for establishing and maintaining the capability to effectively direct, control and coordinate emergency and disaster response and recovery efforts at the local level. Emergency managers in Iowa have coordinated 38 federally-declared disasters since 1990 and countless other non-declared events.

"The work that emergency managers do on a daily basis to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against local threats and hazards of any nature are essential to protecting lives and property," said Iowa Emergency Management Association President Doug Reed. "Coordinating these activities before, during and after incidents is critical to ensuring we are building and maintaining resilient and sustainable communities."

During the proclamation signing Gov. Branstad informed the emergency managers that he had just submitted a letter to President Obama requesting federal assistance for eight counties in northeast Iowa that were significantly impacted by recent severe storms and flooding.. "It is the hard work conducted by you [emergency managers] at the local level that provides the means to obtain federal assistance for our state," the governor commented.

A copy of the full proclamation can be found here.

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