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Governor Quinn Declares State of Emergency In Wake of Flash and River Flooding PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Friday, 19 April 2013 14:05

State Readies Personnel, Resources to Assist Local Governments

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today declared a state of emergency as state agencies prepared to provide assistance to local governments throughout the northern half of Illinois dealing with severe river and flash flooding. The state of emergency ensures that state resources are activated and that the federal government is aware that a disaster declaration is likely. It also allows the state to request resources as needed, such as personnel and equipment. State and local emergency personnel have been on the ground in hardest hit areas since early this morning.

"Heavy rainfall over the past few days has created dangerous flooding in areas across the state," Governor Quinn said. "Everyone should stay home and off the roads if possible. To ensure safety as these storms continue, people should be alert and avoid flooded areas."

For flood safety information and real-time updates please visit Ready.Illinois.gov, and for traffic updates please visit GettingAroundIllinois.com/gai.htm.

The State Incident Response Center (SIRC) is active and is coordinating the state’s response to the floods:

·       Illinois Department of Central Management Services is monitoring conditions at state facilities to ensure state agencies can continue to provide critical services to the public and is prepared to procure flood-fighting supplies if needed.

·       Illinois Department of Transportation is ensuring public safety through road closures, message boards and other road-closure assistance to affected communities.

·       Illinois Department of Corrections will have 30 inmates at the Pittsfield Work Camp in Pike County assist with filling sandbags for local public safety officials.

·       Illinois Department of Public Health is providing local public health departments, hospitals and medical offices in the affected areas with information on tetanus shots.

·       Illinois State Police is assisting motorists stranded by floodwaters and working with local public safety officials on road closures.

·       Illinois National Guard is coordinating with IEMA in the event troops are needed to assist flooded communities.

·       Illinois Emergency Management Agency is coordinating the state’s response and has deployed staff throughout the affected areas to assist local officials.

·       Illinois Department of Natural Resources dispatched conservation officers to Sycamore to assist with evacuation of residents in a flooded mobile home park.

·       Office of the State Fire Marshal is coordinating with fire departments throughout the state to assess any flood-related issues they’re experiencing.

·       American Red Cross has opened shelters in Roanoke, Oglesby and Lisle and is continuing to assess the need for shelters and other assistance.

More information about the state’s flood response and flood safety is available on the Ready Illinois website at Ready.Illinois.gov.


Governor Quinn Activates Flood Emergency Response PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Friday, 19 April 2013 13:52
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn this morning activated the State Incident Response Center (SIRC) in Springfield to assess flooding and severe weather in several areas of the state and expedite assistance that may be needed by local public safety officials to protect citizens. The SIRC will remain open as long as needed to support local responders.

"I urge everyone to stay alert and avoid flooded areas," Governor Quinn said. "Residents should tune in to local TV and radio stations for updated information about any closed routes or evacuations."

This governor is currently being briefed by emergency officials at the SIRC before departing to assess storm damage and response across the state. An updated public schedule will be sent shortly.

For more information on flood safety and real-time updates on today's storms, please visit Ready.Illinois.gov.


State Farm® Names Top Ten States With Most Hail Losses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Missy Dundov   
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 10:19
IBHS Indoor Hail Storm Simulates Real Damage
April 17, 2013—State Farm announces the top ten states with the most wind, hail losses. Wind and hail storms remain some of the most frequent and severe causes of property damage. This year the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety Research Center conducted the first-ever indoor hailstorm, in an effort to research building products and ways to education consumers.
Damage caused by wind and hail cost State Farm and its policyholders more than $3.9 billion in 2012. The states with the most wind/hail losses include:
  • Texas—47,000 claims
  • Illinois—41,000 claims
  • New York—34,000 claims
  • Ohio—31,000 claims
  • Missouri—25,000 claims
  • Tennessee—24,000 claims
  • Indiana—23,000 claims
  • New Jersey—23,000 claims
  • Kentucky—22,000 claims
  • Colorado—16,000 claims
While hail storms most frequently impact the Great Plains and Midwest, every state in the nation is susceptible. See how your state compares to others when it comes to wind/hail and most common insurance claims.
Heading Off Hail Damage:
  • If weather conditions are prime for hail storms, pull cars, boats, RVs, lawn and patio furniture into a covered area.
  • When building or remodeling, consider impact resistant roofing to reduce hail damage to your home. State Farm currently offers insurance premium discounts to homes with qualifying impact-resistant roofing products in 26 states and one Canadian province.
If You Experience Hail Damage:
  • Work with your insurance agent or claims adjustor to fully understand the claims process and how covered repairs will be handled. State Farm customers who have reported a loss can expect to be contacted by a claim representative who will review your policy and explain your coverage, outline the claim process, and answer questions.
  • Choose a reputable roofing contractor. Look for a licensed or bonded roofer and request references. Not all jurisdictions require licensing of roofing contractors. Ask to see certificates of insurance to be sure both liability and workers compensation insurance coverage is carried, and are in force during the time the roofing work is being done.
  • You may also contact your local Better Business Bureau or the National Roofing Contractors Association for assistance in locating a professional contractor in a specific geographic area.
  • If anyone visits your home without an appointment and professes to represent your insurer, ask for identification and contact your insurer to confirm before allowing access.

News Releases - Environment & Weather
Written by Andrew Wheeler   
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:51

WEST DES MOINES– April 16, 2013 – The Marshalltown 1 Envirothon Team beat out 13 teams from around the state to win the 18th annual Iowa Envirothon title at Springbrook State Park in Guthrie Center on Monday.  The Marshalltown team receives an expense-paid trip to participate in the Canon National Envirothon competition held at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, August 4-9.

Team members of the Marshalltown team include (from left to right): Sean Finn, Adam Willman, Joe Metzger, Emma Runquist, Abby Snyder and Coach Susan Fritzell.

The Envirothon is a program for Iowa high school students who want to learn more about natural resources and current environmental challenges. Teams are tested in wildlife, aquatics, forestry, soils and current issues. This year’s current issues oral competition theme was grazing and rangeland management: livestock, grazing and long-term management for absentee land owners in Iowa.

Participating teams included: Des Moines FFA, Decorah Supafly, Nodaway Valley FFA, Alburnett FFA, Decorah Eagles, Waverly Shell Rock Sharptails, Marshalltown 2, Iowa City High Benthos, Columbus Junction FFA, Mediapolis, Glenwood 3, Charles City FFA Blue and Muscatine FFA.  The top FFA team title went to Des Moines FFA.

The Iowa Farm Bureau has sponsored the Iowa Envirothon since the program began in 1996.  Today Iowa Farm Bureau works in cooperation with several farm organizations to offer Iowa high school students the opportunity to compete and increase knowledge and awareness of our natural resources.

For the complete results, visit https://sites.google.com/a/cfu.net/iowa-envirothon/.


About Iowa Farm Bureau

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, statewide organization dedicated to enhancing the People, Progress and Pride of Iowa.  More than 153,000 families in Iowa are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve farm and rural prosperity.  For more information about Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit the Newsroom page on the IBF website at www.iowafarmbureau.com.

National Park Service Offers Tree Planting Demonstration on Arbor Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:36
WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Homeowners or anyone interested in learning about planting trees can join arborist Ed Rinderspacher and the staff of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site for an Arbor Day presentation on Friday, April 26. Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. The program is free and begins at 1:00 p.m. at the visitor center. It will last about one hour and may involve about a half-mile of walking to different areas of the park. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. In the case of inclement weather, please call (319) 643-2541 before attending.
Ed Rinderspacher is the owner and operator of Rindy Tree and Turf Care, Inc. and a West Branch, Iowa arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Mr. Rinderspacher will provide a one-hour demonstration as he plants two oak trees-- one packed in ball-and-burlap and one container-grown tree-- that he donated to Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. The new trees will replace dead trees that park staff cut down. Mr. Rinderspacher will also discuss how to find and buy a healthy tree, and about pruning the tree and its roots.
“There are about a thousand trees in this 187-acre national park commemorating Herbert Hoover’s life,” said Pete Swisher, superintendent of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. “We hope our visitors can see examples of best practices as we pursue excellence in groundskeeping and horticulture. ”
April 20 through 28 is National Park Week, the annual week for celebration and recognition of your National Parks. Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. Parking is limited so please allow extra time to find a parking space. For more information go online at www.nps.gov/heho or call (319) 643-2541.
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
110 Parkside Drive
PO Box 607
West Branch, Iowa 52358
Twitter: @HooverNPS
Facebook: HerbertHooverNHS

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