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In 2017, there were 16 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. These events included 1 drought event, 2 flooding events, 1 freeze event, 8 severe storm events, 3 tropical cyclone events, and 1 wildfire event. Overall, these events resulted in the deaths of 362 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted. The 1980–2017 annual average is 5.8 events (CPI-adjusted); the annual average for the most recent 5 years (2013–2017) is 11.6 events (CPI-adjusted).

During 2017, the U.S. experienced a historic year of weather and climate disasters. In total, the U.S. was impacted by 16 separate billion-dollar disaster events tying 2011 for the record number of billion-dollar disasters for an entire calendar year. In fact, 2017 arguably has more events than 2011 given that our analysis traditionally counts all U.S. billion-dollar wildfires, as regional-scale, seasonal events, not as multiple isolated events.

For more: NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) U.S. Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters (2018). https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/billions/

Iowa had one federally-declared disaster in 2017: DR-4334 for severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding issued on August 27 for nine counties in northeast Iowa.

From October 24 to 26, 2017 Henry and Des Moines Counties hosted a three day rescue task force hostage event sponsored by Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The event was held at the former Women’s Prison and Mental Health Buildings in Mt Pleasant, IA. The event had around 30 persons attending the event from several agencies including Henry County Sheriff's Office, Des Moines County Sheriff's Office, New London Police, Mt Pleasant Police, Burlington Police, Richland Police, New London Fire, Burlington Fire, and Muscatine Fire. The course not only focused on the active shooter part of an event but setting safe passage for EMS to enter and exit the building with victims.

Several Emergency Managers and other coworkers and friends gathered last week to honor Teresa Jackson who is retiring after 32 years of public service to Ringgold County, the last 14 years as Emergency Management Coordinator.

Pictured here are Teresa Jackson and IEMA President Dave Wilson. Wilson is presenting Jackson with a plaque from IEMA.

 

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 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.

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