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.

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.

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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Preparedness

“Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy.”

― Max Mayfield
Former Director
National Hurricane Center