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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 left to right: Tom Heidenwirth, Chairman, Butler County Board of Supervisors; Kelsey Angle, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Des Moines NWS; Mitch Nordmeyer, Butler County Emergency Management Coordinator; Greg Barnett, Emergency Management Commission Member & Board of Supervisor Member; and Sheriff Jason Johnson, Emergency Management Commission Chairman.From left to right: Tom Heidenwirth, Chairman, Butler County Board of Supervisors; Kelsey Angle, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Des Moines NWS; Mitch Nordmeyer, Butler County Emergency Management Coordinator; Greg Barnett, Emergency Management Commission Member & Board of Supervisor Member; and Sheriff Jason Johnson, Emergency Management Commission Chairman.NOAA’s National Weather Service has recognized Butler County as a StormReady county and becomes the 28th county in Iowa to receive the designation. The StormReady program helps community leaders and residents prepare for hazardous weather and flooding. StormReady sites have made a strong commitment to implement plans and resources in an effort to save lives and protect property when severe weather strikes.

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.

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Delaware County Emergency Management Agency
Courthouse – 301 E. Main St.
Manchester, Iowa 52057

From left: Lorie Glover, Black Hawk County Emergency Management Coordinator; Frank Magsamen, BH County EM Commission Chair; and Kelsey Angle, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service Office in Des Moines.From left: Lorie Glover, Black Hawk County Emergency Management Coordinator; Frank Magsamen, BH County EM Commission Chair; and Kelsey Angle, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service Office in Des Moines.NOAA’s National Weather Service has recognized Black Hawk County as a Storm Ready county. The StormReady program helps community leaders and residents prepare for hazardous weather and flooding. StormReady sites have made a strong commitment to implement plans and resources in an effort to save lives and protect property when severe weather strikes.

NOAA's National Weather Service has recognized Union County as a StormReady® county. The Storm Ready program helps community leaders and residents prepare for hazardous weather and flooding. Storm Ready sites have made a strong commitment to implement plans and resources in an effort to save lives and pro­tect property when severe weather strikes.

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. Kim Reynolds received word Sunday that President Donald Trump approved her request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for seven Iowa counties impacted by flooding and severe weather July 19-23, 2017.

The counties included in the declaration are: Allamakee, Bremer, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette and Mitchell.

Gov. Kim Reynolds sent a letter to President Donald Trump Thursday requesting a presidential disaster declaration for seven Iowa counties significantly damaged by severe storms and flooding July 19-23, 2017.

Counties included in this request are: Allamakee, Bremer, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette and Mitchell.

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