Environment & Weather
Gov. Branstad issues disaster proclamation for six counties PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 08:52

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Terry E. Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Black Hawk, Iowa, Jackson, Johnson, Louisa and Muscatine counties in response to flooding and severe weather beginning June 26. The governor’s proclamation allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of these storms.

In addition, the proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for eight counties: Black Hawk, Iowa, Jackson, Johnson, and Muscatine; and Cedar, Jones and Linn counties, which were declared to be under a disaster emergency on Monday, June 30.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $39,580, for a family of three. Grants are available 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 on the Iowa Department of Human Services website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.

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Gov. Branstad, HSEMD Dir. Schouten to survey storm damage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 11:25

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department Director Mark Schouten will survey storm and flood damage today, Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Fairfax, Cedar Rapids, Anamosa and Jackson County.

Media outlets unable to join the tour may follow the Governor’s social media accounts for photos, videos and updates.

Twitter: @TerryBranstad

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/TerryBranstad

YouTube: www.YouTube.com/GovernorBranstad

The following tour is open to the media. Please note all times are approximate. Follow @TerryBranstad on twitter for live updates regarding location and arrival times.

 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

11:40 a.m. Gov. Branstad, Iowa HSEMD Director Mark Schouten tour storm damage in Fairfax, Iowa

Collapsed bridge approach near Fairfax

US Hwy. 151, near mile post 22.

 

12:45 p.m. Gov. Branstad, Iowa HSEMD Director Mark Schouten tour storm damage at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids

Mercy Medical Center

701 10th Street SE

Cedar Rapids, IA

Note: Follow @TerryBranstad on Twitter to find exact location within hospital.

 

1:15 p.m. Gov. Branstad, Iowa HSEMD Director Mark Schouten hold media avail in Cedar Rapids

Mercy Medical Center

701 10th Street SE

Cedar Rapids, IA

Note: Follow @TerryBranstad on Twitter to find exact location within hospital. 

 

2:15 p.m. Gov. Branstad, Iowa HSEMD Director Mark Schouten tour storm damage in Anamosa

Jones County Courthouse

500 W. Main Street

Anamosa, IA

 

4 p.m. Gov. Branstad, Iowa HSEMD Director Mark Schouten tour storm damage and flooding at farms in Jackson County

Tour will commence at Otter Creek Station

Intersection of Bellevue-Cascade Road and Highway 61

Note: Follow @TerryBranstad for updated information

 

4:45 p.m. Gov. Branstad, Iowa HSEMD Director Mark Schouten hold media avail in Maquoketa

NOTE: Media Avail to occur immediately following the tour of Zwingle farms; follow @TerryBranstad for updated information

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Governor Branstad issues disaster proclamation for five counties PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Monday, 30 June 2014 16:06

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Terry E. Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for five counties in response to the ongoing flooding and severe weather beginning June 26. Counties included in the proclamation are: Adair, Cedar, Guthrie, Jones and Linn.

The governor’s proclamation allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of these storms.

In addition, the proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for two counties: Adair and Guthrie.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $39,580, for a family of three. Grants are available 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 on the Iowa Department of Human Services website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.

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For more information please visit www.IowaFloodCentral.Tumblr.com or www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov.

 
Branstad, Reynolds, Iowa HSEMD update Iowans on flooding across the state PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Monday, 23 June 2014 09:48

(DES MOINES)  – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today were joined at their weekly press conference by Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department (HSEMD) Director Mark Schouten to brief Iowans regarding the flooding situation occurring across the state.

In the past week, Gov. Branstad has issued disaster declarations for the following counties due to flooding and storm damage: Buena Vista, Cedar, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Franklin, Hancock, Ida, Kossuth, Lyon, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Sac, Sioux, Woodbury and Wright. Last week, Branstad and Schouten visited Lyon and Sioux counties to survey flood damage.

“Director Schouten and I had the opportunity to visit the communities of Rock Rapids and Rock Valley last week, and while the damage was significant, I was moved upon hearing of the outpouring of support the communities are receiving,” said Branstad. “By issuing proclamations of disaster for these counties, state resources are being made available to help in relief efforts, but citizens across Iowa should rest assured that the state stands ready to continue its aid and will work to assess eligibility for assistance from the federal government.”

Some of the resources that have been provided to date through Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management include:

  • Buena Vista County

o   40 road barricades

  • Cedar County

o   Inmate assistance for debris removal

  • Franklin County

o   One 3-inch pump

o   Eighty clean-up kits

  • Hancock County

o   Seventy-five clean-up kits

o   Pumps for the City of Klemme

  • Lyon County

o   Pumps for the communities of Rock Rapids and George

o   Established a shelter in Rock Rapids for displaced residents

o   Traffic control support for Rock Rapids

  • Plymouth County

o   20,000 sandbags

o   Pump for the City of Akron

  • Pocahontas County

o   10,000 sandbags to protect the power utility substation in Rolfe

  • Sioux County

o   250,000 sandbags

o   Five loads of sand from Iowa Department of Transportation to Rock Valley

o   Urban Search and Rescue Team provided lights for use in sandbagging efforts and assisted in the evacuation of 16 people

o   Six pumps for City of Rock Valley

o   Established a shelter in Rock Valley for displaced residents

o   30 road barricades

o   The Department of Inspections and Appeals provided evacuation assistance to the residents of Hope Haven in Rock Valley.

“Governor Branstad and I, in conjunction with the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department and other relevant state agencies, will continue to ensure Iowans in flood-affected communities receive the assistance they need to respond to and recover from the flooding,” said Reynolds. “Flooding and flood recovery tend to last longer than other disaster situations, but Governor Branstad and I are committed to assisting Iowans in every way we can throughout the process.”

Heavy rains caused flooding in parts of northwest Iowa as a band of strong storms passed through the state beginning on Monday, June 16, 2014, and continued through the last week. The Governor’s Office and Iowa HSEMD re-launched Iowa Flood Central to provide Iowans and the press flood-related updates and resources.

“The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department, along with our partner agencies, will continue to assist and support the many communities impacted by this spring’s flooding and severe weather,” said department director Mark Schouten. “Right now, we are also working with local government officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assess the extent of the damage and determine if it warrants a request for federal disaster aid.”

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Western States Land Commissioners Association Applauds Introduction of ACE Act PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andy Hogue   
Friday, 20 June 2014 08:34

Washington DC -- The Western States Land Commissioners Association (WSLCA) applauds the introduction of the Advancing Conservation and Education Act of 2014 (ACE) by Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The act ― crafted by WSLCA and its members ― will enhance funding of public education and improve management of Federal conservation lands by streamlining the removal of state institutional and school trust lands from within Federal conservation areas. "The ACE Act will allow states to manage trust lands as intended by Congress ― to generate funding for our schoolchildren across the nation,” stated WSLCA President, Kathy Opp.

WSLCA has been working with its 23 member states, the Western Governors’ Association, the Wilderness Society, Congress, and others to craft the ACE Act. It will allow states to remove school trust lands and minerals that are trapped inside congressionally and administratively designated conservation areas such as national parks, wilderness areas, and national monuments.

The broadly supported ACE Act will allow states to efficiently exchange these trapped assets for federal lands where generation of income for public education is appropriate. Upon statehood, lands were granted to states in trust for the specific purpose of generating income for public education and other state institutions. When federal conservation lands surround state lands, the ability to manage the land for income and provide funding for education suffers. This new authority will also enhance some of our nation's most prized conservation lands by ensuring our national parks, wilderness, and other conservation areas do not contain state holdings within their borders, thus fulfilling the purpose of the conservation lands.

Established in 1949, WSLCA is comprised of 23 Western and some not so Western states that share the common mandate of managing trust lands on behalf of schoolchildren and other designated beneficiaries in our states on a bi-partisan basis. WSLCA's member states manage more than 447 million acres of lands, submerged lands, and minerals with combined trusts amounting to over $271 billion, which generated more than $3.8 billion for public schools in 2012.

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