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Loebsack Statement on Preparations Underway for Potential Flooding PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 15:02

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today as various local, state and federal agencies make preparations for the possibility of damaging flooding.

“As the danger of damaging floods continues to threaten Eastern Iowa, I remain in close contact with University of Iowa officials, local officials, as well as officials at the Army Corps of Engineers to monitor the situation.  I commend the University for taking precautionary actions to prepare for any flooding that may occur.  With the 10th Anniversary of the Floods of 2003 approaching, we have learned a great deal about how to prepare in advance for the worst situation.  My office and I will continue to coordinate with officials on all levels to determine the best way to move forward.”

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The Salvation Army Responds to Devastating Tornadoes in Oklahoma PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Friday, 24 May 2013 12:22

The Salvation Army is on the ground in Moore, Oklahoma with multiple canteens and personnel coordinating with Local and State Emergency Management to serve first responders and those affected by the tornado. We continue to provide service to hard hit areas from Tuesdays’ storms which include Shawnee – multiple sites, Carney area, and Cleveland County.

Meals and hydration are being provided for first responders and those affected.   Major Steve Morris, Arkansas-Oklahoma Divisional Commander has been driving around the affected area.    Major Morris states “The devastation is far reaching both in human life, property and livestock loss.  The Salvation Army is honored to serve and provide sustenance to first responders involved in search and rescue, coordination efforts and more.  And, of course, all survivors will be provided spiritual and emotional care."

Canteens involved in the response from Oklahoma include Central Oklahoma Area Command (Oklahoma City), Ardmore, Enid, Lawton, McAlester and Muskogee.  Also, disaster response teams from Pine Bluff, Jonesboro and Hot Springs, Arkansas are en route to the Oklahoma City metropolitan area to assist in response.  Personnel from across the division are also traveling to the area to form a Divisional Incident Command Team (which helps coordinate the overall response for The Salvation Army).  Central Oklahoma Area Command has established a local Incident Command team for response.

The Salvation Army is ready to provide the services mentioned above for as long as we are needed.  Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available.  Please follow us at  http://centralusa.salvationarmy.org, www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOKEDS, www.twitter.com/CindyFullerOKC, www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOK  and www.facebook.com/SalArmyAOK for additional information.

Cash donations allow The Salvation Army to purchase product to quickly and efficiently meet the most urgent needs of disaster victims.  When possible, the purchases are made near the disaster site to stimulate the local economy and ensure quicker delivery.It is easy to give to The Salvation Army:

· By phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)

· Online at www.salvationarmyusa.org

· By mail:

The Salvation Army - Disaster Relief

P.O. BOX 2536

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Please make checks payable to "The Salvation Army" and clearly marked "May 2013 Oklahoma Tornadoes."

Text To Give:  You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*

Your donations make a real difference.

• A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.

• A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies

• A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.

• A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours

• A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day Volunteers

The Salvation Army recruits and deploys disaster workers through its local Salvation Army units. To be trained as a disaster worker:

- Call the Quad Cities Salvation Army at 563-271-7933 to be added to the list for the next training.

The Salvation Army deploys trained disaster workers who have completed the 8-hour training course. A standard deployment is two weeks, including twelve working days and two travel days.   

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Civil Air Patrol takes flight into Canada to help monitor expected flooding PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Cox   
Friday, 24 May 2013 12:20

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – In what is another first for Civil Air Patrol, aircrews from the U.S. Air Force auxiliary’s North Dakota Wing are flying into Canada to take aerial assessment photos in advance of expected flooding from spring thawing of ice and snow.

Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley approved the CAP imagery flights, which began last Friday over the Souris River basin and could continue for the next two weeks. The request for CAP’s assistance came from North Dakota through the state’s adjutant general, Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk.

The CAP flights are unique in that the aircraft are taking off and landing in the U.S. but are being flown in Canadian airspace.

“We greatly appreciate the secretary of the Air Force’s approval for North Dakota Civil Air Patrol to conduct incident awareness and assessment flights into Canada,” said Sprynczynatyk. “This is a very distinctive mission, and based on years of flood experience, uniquely suited for our pilots. It is exciting to work with our international partners to the north to better understand the impact of flooding along rivers, which we share as a common concern.”

The Souris River, or Mouse River as it is known in the U.S., is 435 miles in length. Originating in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, it flows south into North Dakota through the city of Minot and reaches its southern point at the town of Velva, and then back north through the central part of the state into Manitoba, Canada.

“We took the Ward County Emergency Management with us on Friday, so they could get an idea of what is coming our way,” said North Dakota Wing Commander Col. Bill Kay, incident commander for the CAP flights.

Ward County and its county seat of Minot have experienced significant flooding several times in recent years and more is expected this spring because of higher than usual snow packs during the winter, as well as heavy rains over the past weekend.

After last Friday’s initial flight into Canada, rains grounded CAP aircrews over the past few days, but they were expected to return to the skies over the Souris River today to collect new imagery. “Now that we’ve got the secretary of the Air Force’s permission to fly across the border, we can launch when the weather permits,” said Kay. “That new imagery will give us a better idea of what we’ll be dealing with in coming days.”

In addition to using CAP’s aerial photos to predict where high waters might occur in North Dakota, the state is also sharing the imagery with the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization, so officials in the Canadian province can monitor the flooding potential there.

Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization chartered by Congress in 1941 with a 501(c)(3) designation and pre-dates the Air Force. CAP consists of 61,000 unpaid professional members nationwide, and operates a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP is a force multiplier to the Air Force CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 71 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.

 
Loebsack Calls on President to Approve Iowa’s Request for Disaster Assistance PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 24 May 2013 12:15

Leads Iowa House delegation response to April storm damage

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack, along with the entire Iowa Congressional delegation, called on President Obama to approve Governor Terry Branstad’s request for a disaster declaration for 19 Iowa counties.  The declaration would assist counties that suffered significant damage caused by severe weather in late April.  If granted, the declaration would make these areas eligible for Public Assistance.

“I have toured and seen firsthand the damage that was caused by the severe storms and flooding that hit Iowa last month.  I call on the President to swiftly approve the Governor’s request so communities that were affected can begin the recovery process and get the help they need.”

Specifically, the counties of Appanoose, Cedar, Clinton, Davis, Decatur, Des Moines, Iowa, Johnson, Keokuk, Lee, Lucas, Marion, Monroe, Muscatine, Ringgold, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren and Wayne are included in this request.

A copy of the letter can be found here.

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Governor Branstad requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for 19 Iowa counties PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Friday, 24 May 2013 07:26

(DES MOINES) –Today, Gov. Terry E. Branstad signed a letter to be delivered to President Obama requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 19 Iowa counties where significant damage was sustained from heavy rains, thunderstorms and flooding between April 17-30.

The Governor is making the request for federal Public Assistance Program funding for the counties of Appanoose, Cedar, Clinton, Davis, Decatur, Des Moines, Iowa, Johnson, Keokuk, Lee, Lucas, Marion, Monroe, Muscatine, Ringgold, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren and Wayne.

A joint federal, state and local preliminary damage assessment of the 19 counties found the severe weather caused an estimated $8.9 million 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 storms.

The Governor’s letter to President Obama will be available at www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov.

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