The Emmet County Emergency Management Commission and the Emmet County E911 Board are currently taking applications to fill the combined position of Emmet County Emergency Management Coordinator and E911 Coordinator.

The Emergency Management Coordinator shall be responsible for the development of the county comprehensive emergency plan, shall coordinate emergency planning activities, and shall provide technical assistance to political subdivisions comprising the Emmet County Emergency Management Commission.

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.

Chickasaw, Dubuque, Floyd and Kossuth Counties in Red. Previously declared counties are in gray.Chickasaw, Dubuque, Floyd and Kossuth Counties in Red. Previously declared counties are in gray.Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation Tuesday for Chickasaw, Dubuque, Floyd and Kossuth counties in response to severe weather, heavy rains and flash flooding on July 21-22.

The governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather. The proclamation also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for qualifying residents of the four counties.

Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation Saturday for Bremer, Buchanan, Clinton and Johnson counties in response to severe storms, heavy rains and flash flooding on July 21-22.

The governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather. The proclamation also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for qualifying residents of the four counties.

Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation Thursday for Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette and Winneshiek counties in response to severe weather on July 19.

The governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of the severe weather. The proclamation also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance program for qualifying residents of the four counties.

Gov. Terry E. Branstad today verbally issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Kossuth and Webster counties in response to the M​ay​ 16, 2017, severe weather.  Tomorrow, Gov. Branstad will sign the proclamation. 

The governor’s proclamation allows State resources to be utilized in the two counties to respond to, and recover from, the effects of the severe weather that included damaging winds, heavy rains and thunderstorms​.  The proclamation also temporarily suspends State regulatory provisions to allow the open burning of disaster debris and rubbish for 90 days following the effective date of the proclamation.

Governor Terry Branstad has designated the week of Jan. 15-21, 2017, as Hazardous Materials Awareness Week in Iowa.

The goal of the week is to provide Iowans a better understanding about hazardous materials, their proper use, storage, and disposal, and the emergency response actions that can help minimize unnecessary accidents and exposure.

Nearly all households and businesses use products that contain hazardous materials, and hazardous materials are transported on our roadways, railways, and waterways daily. Knowing how to handle such products and how to react during an emergency can reduce the risk of illness, injury or death.

Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private nonprofit organizations in Iowa following President Obama's federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance as a result of severe storms and flooding that occurred Sept. 21 - Oct. 3, 2016, announced Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Private nonprofits that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.

SBA disaster assistance is now available in Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Des Moines, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Howard, Linn, Mitchell, Winneshiek, and Wright counties.

Today, Gov. Terry E. Branstad received word that President Obama approved his request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 19 counties impacted by severe storms and flooding September 21-23, 2016.

The counties included in the declaration are: Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Des Moines, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Howard, Linn, Mitchell, Winneshiek and Wright.

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