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Gov. Kim Reynolds has proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Iowa.

"This past summer’s severe weather and flooding are a reminder that disasters can, and do, happen in our state and that is why I have proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Iowa,” said Reynolds. “I am asking Iowans to take steps now to prepare themselves, their families, their places of business, and their communities for any emergency."

Preparedness Month is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD), the Iowa Emergency Management Association (IEMA), the Safeguard Iowa Partnership (SIP), and the National Weather Service (NWS).

Gov. Terry E. Branstad has received word that President Obama approved his request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for eight counties impacted by severe storms in August.

The counties included in the declaration are: Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Floyd, Howard, Mitchell, and Winneshiek.

The governor sent the request for a declaration on Sept. 19, 2016, in response to significant damage that was caused by severe storms and flooding from Aug. 23-27, 2016.

Today, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds are providing an update on the Iowa flood response and issuing a disaster emergency proclamation for four additional counties including Howard, Jones, Louisa and Story.  Additionally, Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds, Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard Tim Orr, and Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Mark Schouten will tour flood damage in Vinton, Palo and Cedar Rapids tomorrow.  The schedule is provided below.

This update includes an overview of actions being taken by the State of Iowa to assist communities in Iowa impacted by flooding.

This morning, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds provided an update on the Iowa flood response.

Over the weekend, Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds, Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard Tim Orr, and Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Mark Schouten toured flood damage in Clarkesville and Shell Rock and assessed flood preparedness plans underway in Cedar Rapids. To view pictures of those visits, please visit Gov. Branstad’s Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/TerryBranstad.  Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds will be assessing flood damage today in the cities of Charles City and Greene. The full schedule is provided below.

This update includes an overview of actions being taken by the State of Iowa to assist communities in northern Iowa impacted by flooding.

Today, Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard Tim Orr and Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Mark Schouten toured flood damage in Clarkesville and Shell Rock and assessed flood preparedness plans underway in Cedar Rapids. To view pictures of those visits, please visit Gov. Branstad’s facebook page at:  www.facebook.com/TerryBranstad. It is anticipated that Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds will be assessing flood damage later this week as well with the full schedule set to be released soon.

This update provides an overview of actions being taken by the State of Iowa to assist communities in northern Iowa impacted by flooding.

Gov. Terry E. Branstad today formally issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for 13 counties in response to recent flooding.  The counties included in this proclamation include:  Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Chickasaw, Delaware, Floyd, Franklin, Linn and Wright.

The governor’s proclamation allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe flooding.  The proclamation also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for residents of those 13 counties.  Gov. Branstad’s proclamation also activates the Iowa National Guard to assist in the response to, the mitigation of, and the recovery from the effects of the disaster as needed.

NWS radar estimated rainfall amounts. Areas in white from Nora Springs to Nashua are estimates of eight or more inches of rain.NWS radar estimated rainfall amounts. Areas in white from Nora Springs to Nashua are estimates of eight or more inches of rain.

Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today released information on the state response to flooding in Northeast Iowa, as well as how the State of Iowa is assisting local communities in their preparations and response to anticipated flooding in the days ahead.  State resources coordinated by Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) stand ready to assist local governments impacted by the flooding.  Gov. Branstad has verbally declared a disaster proclamation for Butler, Chickasaw and Floyd counties.  Additional counties are expected to be added to the disaster proclamation and a formal proclamation is expected in the days ahead.

“We’ve been closely monitoring flooding that will significantly impact a number of counties,” said Branstad.  “The state of Iowa stands ready to assist all local governments as they respond to this threat.  We are already providing a number of flood mitigation tools to assist and expect more in the coming days.  This afternoon, I spoke with Cedar Rapids Mayor Rob Corbett informing him that the state stands ready to assist Cedar Rapids to prepare and respond to the expected flooding next week.  Iowans should take the necessary precautions to remain safe until the flooding has receded.”

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