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Senator Harkin endorses Climate March PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ed Fallon   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 08:46
We are very excited to announce the endorsement of Senator Tom Harkin!

“We are already seeing increasing intensity and frequency of storms, droughts, and heat events caused by climate change, and that trend is just beginning,” said Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA). "The Great March for Climate Action may be just what's needed at this time to wake-up America to the urgency of climate change, and I commend Ed Fallon for getting the ball rolling. I wish the Climate March every success and hope it helps spur the Congress into action to address this critical challenge to the planet.”

Which brings me to this week's Calls to Action:

(1) Invite a US Senator, member of Congress, mayor or state lawmaker from your area to endorse the Climate March. Click here for a full list of endorsing individuals and organizations.

(2) Check out this heart-warming story about a retired Des Moines minster, Bob Cook, who plans to go the distance in next year's March. Please share it with your local media contacts. Better still, share your own story about why you are marching and/or supporting the March. We inspire others to take action not only through our commitment to marching but through the power of our personal witness as well.

Thanks, and have a wonderful Fourth of July weekend! Oh, and if you're planning to come to the 80-35 Festival this weekend in downtown Des Moines, check out our booth, which will feature a big map showing the March route, and a fine beverage we're calling "climate-aid."

 
Governor issues disaster proclamation for Jackson County PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 13:33
(DES MOINES) – Today, Governor Terry E. Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for one county in response to recent storms and flooding.

The Governor’s proclamation, for Jackson County, allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of the storms and flooding.

Additional information on storms and flooding may be found at www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov<http://www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov>.

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Governor Branstad issues Disaster Proclamation for Clinton County PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Monday, 01 July 2013 14:54
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 (DES MOINES) – Governor Terry E. Branstad has issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for one county in response to recent storms and flooding.

Today, the Governor issued a proclamation to activate the Iowa Individual Assistance Program in Clinton County. A governor’s proclamation of disaster emergency had been issued June 1 to make state resources available for disaster response in Clinton County.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available at the “Disaster Assistance” link on the Iowa Department of Human Services website: www.dhs.iowa.gov.

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Branstad to tour storm-affected areas Tuesday morning PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 08:49
(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad will tour the storm-affected cities of Muscatine and Waukon Tuesday morning, June 25, 2013.

The Muscatine visit will be roughly 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

The Waukon visit will be roughly 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Exact locations will be announced

 
Governor Branstad requests Presidential Disaster Declaration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Friday, 21 June 2013 09:20

Branstad also activates Iowa Individual Assistance Program for two counties

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today signed a letter to be delivered to President Obama requesting a Presidential Disaster declaration for 47 Iowa counties where significant damage was sustained from damaging winds, tornadoes, heavy rains and thunderstorms resulting in severe flooding beginning May 19 and continuing through June 23, 2013.

The governor is making the request for federal Public Assistance Program funding for the counties of Appanoose, Benton, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clay, Clayton, Crawford, Davis, Delaware, Des Moines, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Greene, Grundy, Hardin, Henry, Ida, Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Lyon, Mahaska, Marshall, Mitchell, Monona, Monroe, O’Brien, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Poweshiek, Sac, Sioux, Story, Tama, Wapello, Webster, Winnebago and Wright.

A joint federal, state and local preliminary damage assessment of the 47 counties found severe weather caused an estimated $22 million worth of damage that could be eligible under the Public Assistance Program. Public Assistance funds may be used to rebuild damaged infrastructure that may include roads, bridges, culverts and other public facilities, or to cover costs of emergency work during, and debris removal after the storms.

Iowa Individual Assistance Program activated in two counties

 

In addition to requesting the Presidential Disaster Declaration, Gov. Branstad also activated the Iowa Individual Assistance Program in Lee and Webster counties.

The Governor originally declared the counties disaster counties on June 7. Both proclamations are a result of storms and flooding that began in the state on May 19.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available at the “Disaster Assistance” link on the Iowa Department of Human Services website: www.dhs.iowa.gov.

 

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