Welcome to the Linn County Emergency Management Agency

Linn Co. EMAWe are the “what if” agency?  What if the “it can’t happen here” happens?   The mission of the Linn County Emergency Management Agency is to assure the coordination of the activities of City and County government, State and Federal entities, citizens, businesses, adjacent jurisdictions, and other disaster partners, to prepare for, respond to, recover from and mitigate major emergencies and disasters within Linn County.


Cedar Rapids Basic Emergency Volunteer Center Training Invitation

Do you have a desire to help people in need? Are you wondering how you could assist people affected by a disaster? You’re not alone! In fact, dozens of people just like you from your community have already been trained but more people are needed.

Plan to attend this BASIC training to gain skills and to learn how establishing an Emergency Volunteer Center can help your community in times of disaster.

This session prepares participants to staff an Emergency Volunteer Center which registers and places spontaneous volunteers during and after a disaster.

The training includes an interactive emergency volunteer center exercise where participants experience the EVC model and practice managing spontaneous volunteers.

There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required.

Click here to Register

This training is hosted by the Linn Area Partners Active in Disaster (LAP-AID).


Sign up for Linn Alerts! We will notify you in the event of an emergency or tornado warning. The system provides a voice, text, and/or email alert to the number provided by you.

This is a free service provided by Linn County; however, normal messaging fees may be applied by your service provider. To receive text messages to your cell phone, your cell phone must have text messaging capabilities. NOTE: Linn County cannot guarantee notifications will be received by the intended recipient as notifications are dependent upon external providers (phone carrier, cell phone provider, email service, etc.). By registering below, you will not receive unsolicited calls, and neither the County nor its system vendor sells the contact number database.

SIGN UP BELOW: TO SIGN UP, PLEASE ENTER THE IDENTIFYING INFORMATION AND HIT “REGISTER”. For each phone number indicate if a voice or text message is desired. If both are desired, enter the same phone number twice indicating “text” for one and “voice” for the other. The “voice” message is a computer-generated voice.

Alerts sent from Linn County Alerts will originate from (319) 892-5911 for voice notifications, 69310 for text messages, and LinnAlerts@linncounty-ema.org for emails. Please be sure to save these in your address book.

SIGN UP AT: http://entry.inspironlogistics.com/linncounty_ia/wens.cfm


Severe Weather Refresher

With our entry into this severe weather season our agency would like remind people to be prepared.  Being prepared and acting quickly could be a matter of survival.  BE Alert!  Listen to the weather forecast on radio or television and obtain a NOAA Weather Radio.

In Linn County the outdoor warning sirens will be sounded for  tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings with 70 mph winds or greater or golf ball size hail or larger.  If the outdoor warnings sound SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY and tune in to local radio, television, or use your NOAA Weather Radio to listen for emergency information.

Shelter Options:

In a structure go to a predesignated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level, away from corners, windows, doors, or outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.

In a vehicle, trailer, or mobile home–GET OUT IMMEDIATELY and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.

If caught outside lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Do NOT get under an overpass or bridge; you are safer in low flat location. Watch out for flying debris, this is the biggest cause of fatalities and injuries.


Active Shooter Information

The Linn County Emergency Management Agency hosted ALICE (alert, lockdown, inform, counter and escape) training on February 25 and 26.  Representatives from hospitals, schools, and law enforcement agencies throughout Linn, Benton, Jones, and Johnson counties took part in this two-day training program that included classroom and realistic “active shooter” scenarios.   This training is designed to assist schools, businesses, law enforcement, and other entities with planning and reacting to armed intruders.  Click here for the story from the Cedar Rapids Gazette. 2012 IA School Safety Guide

Earlier this year, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division put in place a new school safety guide to assist schools in making plans and establishing procedures to make their facilities, students and staff safer.  This guide covers a variety of emergencies, including how to respond to an intruder with a gun who enters their school intending to do harm.  VIEW THE 2012 SCHOOL SAFETY GUIDE

Active Shooter Awareness Video The City of Houston developed a training video on active shooter response based on guidance from the Department of Homeland Security.  Click here to watch. Year-Round Weather Radio Programing Service Linn County Emergency Management Agency will provide year-round assistance with programming or re-programming of weather alert radios.   It is important that alert radios be functioning year-round and not forgotten after the severe weather season.  These alert radios are a proven tool in the public warning system and we want to help citizens keep them in good working order throughout the year. A resident with a programming issue with a weather alert radio anytime during the year should call 319-892-6503 to make arrangements with Brad Ransford, Logistics Officer.

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